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 July 21, 2016  Book Reviews

Off beat, fun books for kids that will have everyone laughing themselves silly

Share some laughs with your children with these wacky, fun books for kids! From talking alligators and ferocious hamsters to ninja chicks and magical refrigerators, these off beat picture books will have your kids laughing themselves silly – and you, too!

Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of the books below for review purposes; however, all opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I receive a small commission.

Wacky, Fun Books for Kids

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a picture book, with someone constantly narrating your life? This is exactly what happens to poor Snappsy, who is just trying to go about his day when an annoying narrator keeps interrupting. Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) is a seriously funny book about what happens when a narrator gets bored and decides to make things more interesting. Spoiler alert: We do get to meet the narrator in the end, and he and Snappsy do (eventually) become friends! Fun way to introduce children to the concept of a narrator and get them thinking about how a narrator might affect a story.

Does your child have (or want) a pet, or is their one in your classroom? Ferocious Fluffity: A Mighty Bite-y Class Pet is a perfect book to read aloud together! Cute little Fluffity the hamster seems like the perfect pet, until the children go against the rules and open up her cage. They soon find out that cuddly little Fluffity likes to bite anything and everything! Kids will laugh at the images of a little hamster chasing kids around the school, and it will also make them think twice about following instructions when it comes to caring for their pets!

A wonderful book for word play is Chimpanzees for Tea!, in which a young boy is sent to the store by his mother with a list of items to buy before tea time. Like most children, however, Vincent is easily distracted by the much more interesting items that he passes in the street, and soon his mother’s shopping list becomes quite muddled. The “box of rice,” for example, turns into a “box of mice,” and a “big firm pear” becomes a “big furry bear.” What will Vincent’s mother say when he brings them all home for tea? Great fun to read aloud together.

If your kids love fairy tales, or ninjas, or chickens, then they will love Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks! From the team that brought you Ninja Red Riding Hood and The Three Ninja Pigs (see my full reviews of those and other ninja books) we now have a pair of ninja chicks prepared to stop once and for all the Wolf that has been menacing the town and their family. It is an action packed adventure that kids and adults will love. We laughed over how this classic tale was remade to be not just about ninjas but specifically about chicken ninjas. The witch’s gingerbread house? Now made out of cornbread. The danger for the chicks? Getting chicken-pot-pied! This is one my kids love to flip through again and again.

The Magical Fantastical Fridge takes readers on an incredibly imaginative journey through the photos, magnets, and drawings on one family’s fridge. When Walden doesn’t want to help get ready for a big family dinner, he finds himself suddenly swept into a drawing on the fridge, where he must figure out how to keep himself safe from an icemaker earthquake, among other dangers. A hilarious adventure that makes creative use of items that most of us take for granted, such as photos and ticket stubs. It’s really nice to find a picture book aimed at slightly older kids (ages 4-8), who will really appreciate the visual humor and overall story line.

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