Showing posts with label Jokes and Miscellaneous Humor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jokes and Miscellaneous Humor. Show all posts

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes and Other Tricky Tongue Twisters

Review by Tintin, age 8

Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes and Other Tricky Tongue Twisters
Author/illustrator: Brian P. Cleary/Steve Mack
Publisher: Millbrook Press (March 2011)
Source: NetGalley

These tongue twisters are very twisty. First you have to stay still, you have to read it in your head, and then you have to say it fast, like sixsheepsipthickshakes, like that. The book is very good. It has funny stuff, like the line where there's Greek geeks playing basketball. There's also a funny one with a ghost guy. There are funny tongue twisters in this book, so I would recommend this book to kids who like tongue twisters.

LitLass's note: Six Sheep Sip Thick Shakes subsumes several tongue twisters, as well as instructions on how to make your own tongue twisters. Here is Tintin's tongue twister:

Tick tock clock, there goes Bartok. Walk tock tickery two, tick clock walk yock lock a mock.

Find it: Amazon

Monday, February 7, 2011

Word of the Day/The Big Book of Magical Mix-Ups

It's day 5 of our Word of the Day feature here at LitLad. Here's how it works: The boys and I choose a different book every day and they pick a word from it for which they don't know the meaning. They each write the word at night and the next day we try to use it in conversation as much as we can.

Today's word is stubborn, an adjective meaning "refusing to change one's ideas or listen to others' ideas," as in "Johnny Boo was too stubborn to let Tintin choose the word of the day."

And we're reading The Big Book of Magical Mix-Ups, in which one of the many possible combinations of spells is "Squeeze the blood out of a stone, hide the remote control, make a unicorn sneeze and pat a bald man on the head. This will turn a stubborn babysitter into an exploding doughnut."

The Big Book of Magical Mix-Ups
Author/illustrator: Hilary Robinson/Nick Sharratt
Publisher: Scholastic (March 2010)
Source: Half Price Books/home library

This colorful spell book with split pages lets children turn mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters, grandparents, babysitters, teachers and friends into food, animals, articles of clothing and more. There are lots of hilarious (and preposterous) combinations for kids to enjoy.

Some books to go along with The Big Book of Magical Mix-Ups, most of which link to Amazon UK (you can also find them through the link to Half Price Books above): The Big Book of Crazy Mix-Ups, Ketchup on Your Cornflakes?, Mixed Up Fairy Tales, A Cheese and Tomato Spider.

An activity to go along with this book: Make your own mix-up book (something we'll try later today if the boys aren't being stubborn about it).

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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Books of the Week – February 5, 2011

Here are our favorites from the past week (not counting Harry Potter and Ivy + Bean):

Tintin, age 8

Spider-Man: Everything You Read
Author/illustrator: Todd Dezago/Sanford Greene
Publisher: Spotlight (September 2010)
Source: ALA Midwinter/home library

In this graphic novel Spider-Man is reminded that he shouldn't believe everything he reads in the newspaper, especially since he himself hasn't always been portrayed correctly. He sets off to find a thief but is in for a surprise when he meets Dragon-Man. Tintin has always been pretty much indifferent to Spider-Man, but he likes this book. He read it twice, and he said he'll probably read it again.

Tintin's note: I like when there's a remote control and they press buttons to make the big purple robot act nice.

The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups
Author/illustrator: David Wisniewski
Publisher: HarperCollins (1998)
Source: Public library

The Secret Knowledge of Grown-Ups reveals to kids the real reasons behind those stupid adult rules, like "Eat your vegetables!" and "Don't blow bubbles in your milk!" They have nothing to do with health and cleanliness but instead come from secret never-before-shown-to-children files. Tintin thought it was funny, but unfortunately he still doesn't follow six of the eight rules.

Tintin's note: I liked when those people were in your heads and they're standing on your skulls and they have gum stuck to them to pull up the hairs so you go bald. So that's why you shouldn't eat gum.

Johnny Boo, age 5

Art & Max
Author/illustrator: David Wiesner
Publisher: Clarion Books (October 2010)
Source: Public library

Art & Max is about two artistic lizards, one serious and refined and one who is quite the opposite. When Art suggests that Max paint him, Max takes him literally and chaos ensues. We see Art, or Arthur as he prefers to be called, break out of his acrylic exterior in anger, turn to muted pastels, and then finally to a line drawing that unravels and must be put back together again. Max tries (hilariously) to fix Art and the book ends with a nod to pointillism and the paint-splashing of Jackson Pollock. This is now one of Johnny Boo's favorites. He loves everything about it – the story, the humor, the colors – and asked me to read it to him several times a day this past week.

Johnny Boo's note: I like Art & Max because it's good and ridiculous and preposterous. The funniest part is when Arthur paints the cactus plant.

Stoo Hample's Book of Bad Manners
Author/illustrator: Stoo Hample
Publisher: Candlewick Press (August 2006)
Source: Half Price Books/home library

Johnny Boo of course can't relate to this book, or at least that's what he told me, but he found it extremely funny anyway. It's full of ill-mannered kids and rhyming descriptions of their weaknesses, with funny illustrations to match. Johnny Boo especially likes reading the ongoing commentary of the illustrated Stoo Hample while I read the rest to him. And he really likes the end of the book, where there's a picture of a little boy mooning the reader.

Johnny Boo's note: It's so funny and it's preposterous and the bad manners are bad.

We're linking this post up with Feed Me Books Friday, Kid Konnection, and What My Child Is Reading.

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Saturday, August 28, 2010

Books of the Week – August 28, 2010

Here are our favorites from the past week:

Tintin (7 years old)

Amazing Greek Myths of Wonder and Blunders
Author/illustrator: Mike Townsend

A humorous graphic novel retelling of several Greek myths, this book has encouraged Tintin to seek out other books about Greek mythology. He loved this book so much that he read it three times this week.

Laughs, Hoots & Giggles
Author/illustrators: Joseph Rosenbloom/Joyce Behr, Sanford Hoffman

With over 400 pages of jokes and riddles, this is one of the better joke books Tintin's gotten from the school library. He sat down immediately after school and read the first couple of chapters.

Johnny Boo (4 years old)

Knuffle Bunny; Knuffle Bunny Too
Author/illustrator: Mo Willems

I'm sure everyone with a preschooler has heard of these books about a girl and her bunny, and this isn't the first time Johnny Boo's gotten them out of the library. I know a book's a hit with Johnny Boo if he makes us act it out every night for a week. We are impatiently awaiting the September 28th arrival of Knuffle Bunny Free (ex: Mommy, when is Knuffle Bunny Free coming out? In a few weeks... You mean tomorrow? No, in a few weeks... Oh, you mean the day after tomorrow? Etc.).

Poppleton and Friends
Author/illustrator: Cynthia Rylant/Mark Teague

This book, about a pig and, of course, his friends, contains three short stories, of which "Grapefruit" is Johnny Boo's favorite (although he loves the others too). Johnny Boo begged me to buy a grapefruit yesterday so that he could see whether his lips would turn outside-in. They didn't.

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