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Want to write your own jokes? This book shows you how!
Packed with fun-filled illustrations, easy-to-follow exercises, and sample jokes, this humorous how-to joke book for kids proves that with a little elbow grease, anyone can write jokes that really make people LOL. Covering everything from surprise to wordplay to visual jokes―plus tips on how to perform a joke so it lands―LOL 101 is the approachable and (of course) funny guide for any kid ready to channel their inner comedian.
FUN-FILLED ACTIVITY: Never before has a book for kids so clearly distilled joke-writing into such simple—and fun—steps! This book will have kids excited to channel their creativity and silliness into clever jokes that will make friends and family LOL.
EASY TO READ: Highly visual and perfect for reluctant readers, this lighthearted guide makes it easy for any kid to start cooking up jokes right away.
TONS OF NEW JOKES: This book is packed with joke examples, giving young joke tellers plenty of new material even before they start crafting their own.
CONFIDENCE BUILDING: Telling jokes and spreading laughter helps kids make friends, build social skills, and have fun. Writing and telling their own jokes encourages kids to grow their confidence and stretch their creative muscles!
GREAT FOR LEARNING: This book naturally introduces subjects like wordplay, contrast, surprise, imagery, storytelling, hyperbole, and even speech and performance. This book is also the perfect classroom tool to get kids learning and laughing.
- Kids joke book fans and joke-loving children of all ages
- Young writers and performers
- Parents and gift-givers seeking activity books for kids who love humor, stand-up, and other comic arts
- Teachers looking for unique ways to teach creative writing
About the Author
David Roth (not to be confused with David Lee Roth) is a New York–based stand-up comedian who performs all over the United States and has made over a dozen comedy festival appearances. He has written jokes for magicians, public speakers, rappers, and Saturday Night Live stars. David co-produces the hit show The Charm Offensive at Punch Line San Francisco. He's also a highly awarded advertising creative director and has written and produced two Super Bowl commercials.
Rinee Shah is an illustrator and advertising creative director based in Brooklyn, New York. Her illustration projects have been featured in Wired, The Huffington Post, and Fast Company. She has written sketch comedy and directed short comedy films that have played in comedy film festivals around the country. She's also the author-illustrator of The Made-Up Words Project and the illustrator of Off: The Day the Internet Died, a Bedtime Fantasy.
“An efficient, punchy pun-generation primer.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Roth and Shah offer a set of examples, techniques, and templates designed to get the creative juices flowing…. Fanciful cartoon figures add both sight gags and visual spritz to this handbook for would-be standups.” — Booklist
“Kids who want to be the life of the party will gain instrumental insight from this instructional guide. This one’s a must have, no kidding.” — School Library Journal, starred review
A 2023 Good Housekeeping Kids Book Award Winner
A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard selection