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Funny girl : funniest. stories. ever. / edited by Betsy Bird.

Available copies

  • 5 of 7 copies available at BC Interlibrary Connect. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Prince Rupert Library.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Prince Rupert Library J Funn (Text) 33294002075596 Juvenile Fiction Volume hold Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780451477316
  • ISBN: 0451477316
  • Physical Description: xv, 205 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2017.

Content descriptions

Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction / Betsy Bird -- How to tell a joke / Delaney Yeager and Mackenzie Yeager -- In which young Raina learns a lesson / Raina Telgemeier -- Dear grandpa: give me money / Alison DeCamp -- Grandma in oil country: a true story / Ursula Vernon -- One hot mess / Carmen Agra Deedy -- Fleamail / Deborah Underwood -- A most serious recitation of the poem "Trees" / Cece Bell -- Things could be verse / Kelly DiPucchio -- Swimming is for other kids / Akilah Hughes -- Dear Bella and Rover / Deborah Underwood -- The thumb incident / Meghan McCarthy -- Deademona and Sparks go all in / Rita Williams-Garcia and Michelle Garcia -- 7 things I thought were (think are) funny but were really kind of sad, and that all happened to my little brother / Lisa Brown -- Babysitting nightmare / Shannon Hale -- Dear Bella and Rover (again) / Deborah Underwood -- Can we talk about whiskers? / Jennifer L. Holm, art by Matthew Holm -- Brown girl pop quiz: all of the above / Mitali Perkins -- Over and out / Lisa Graff -- Doodle / Amy Ignatow -- Fleamail pawed-cast / Deborah Underwood -- How to play imaginary games / Leila Sales -- Great expectations / Christine Mari Inzer -- A public service announcement about your period from Sarah T. Wrigley, age 12 ¾ / Libba Bray -- The smart girl's guide to the Chinese zodiac / Lenore Look -- Bad luck dress / Charise Mericle Harper -- The world's most awkward mermaid / Sophie Blackall -- Tell your future with mad libs* -- My life being funny (and how you can do it, too) / Adrianne Chalepah -- About the contributors.
Summary, etc.:
"What could be funnier than family? Read stories about Ursula Brown's grandmother driving her on a road trip to disaster, Lisa Brown's little brother getting a Tic-Tac stuck up his nose, and Carmen Agra Deedy's mom setting the bathtub on fire. What could be funnier than friends? Pretty much nothing, as Rita Williams-Garcia shows two besties hatching a bird-brained scheme to get on to a TV talk show, and Deborah Underwood introduces a dynamic dog-and-cat duo teaming up on a pet advice column. What could be funnier than YOU? Tell your future with Mad Libs, discover your Chinese Zodiac sign with Lenore Look, and learn the best tricks of the comedy trade from professional humorists like Adrianne Chalepah and Delaney Yeager. With clever contributions from award-winning and bestselling authors including Cece Bell, Sophie Blackall, Libba Bray, Shannon Hale, Lisa Graff, and Raina Telgemeier, this anthology of funny girls will make you laugh until you cry. Or cry until you laugh. Or maybe you won't cry at all. Either way, you'll definitely laugh."--Provided by the publisher.
Subject: Girls > Juvenile fiction.
Humorous stories.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2017 March #2
    In this testament to female funniness, librarian-­book blogger Bird (Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature, 2014) culls short stories, personal essays, and bite-size comics from a diverse array of creators, including celebrated author-illustrators (Raina Telgemeier), best-sellers (Kelly DiPucchio), stand-up comedians (Adrianne Chalepah), and TV writers (Delaney and Mackenzie Yeager). Designed to introduce youngsters to laugh-out-loud ladies, a historically underrepresented niche in kids' lit, this anthology covers everything from race (Mitali Perkins' "Brown Girl Pop Quiz: All of the Above") and burning bathtubs (Carmen Agra Deedy's "One Hot Mess") to champion bird-calling (Rita Williams-Garcia and Michelle Garcia's "Desdemona and Sparks Go All In"). While playful potential activities, including Mad Libs and Leila Sales' "How to Play Imaginary Games," keep things interactive, the collection's tender tidbits of advice, particularly Libba Bray's take on first periods, truly stand out. As these ladies prove, with positivity, pluck, and a dash of hindsight, you can find humor just about anywhere. Hilarious and heartfelt, this won't only appeal to funny girls and boys, it'll inspire them. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.
  • Horn Book Guide Reviews : Horn Book Guide Reviews 2017 Fall
    Bird's compilation includes twenty-eight entries from "laugh-out-loud funny" female children's book creators including Cece Bell, Carmen Agra Deedy, Mitali Perkins, and Libba Bray. A good mix of formats are represented (short stories, comics, poems, etc.), and topics include family, friendship, puberty, and identity. The types of humor, too, are varied, with some pieces more slapstick-y and others evoking laughs while tugging at heartstrings. Copyright 2017 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
  • Horn Book Magazine Reviews : Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2017 #3
    Fuse #8 blogger Bird's compilation includes twenty-eight entries from "laugh-out-loud funny" female children's book creators, whom Bird argues are underrepresented in the publishing industry, plus a couple of comedy pros, including former Daily Show writer Delaney Yeager and standup comedian Akilah Hughes (also one guy: Matthew Holm, together with his sister Jennifer). A good mix of formats are represented: Rita Williams-Garcia and Michelle Garcia plus Shannon Hale are among those who contribute short stories; Raina Telgemeier, Cece Bell, Lisa Brown, and others offer comics. There are illustrated stories, epistolary tales, personal anecdotes, poems, a how-to, a quiz, and Mad Libs. Topics include family ("Dear Grandpa: Give Me Money" by Alison DeCamp), friendship ("One Hot Mess" by Carman Agra Deedy), puberty (Libba Bray's "A Public Service Announcement About Your Period from Sarah T. Wrigley, Age 12 ¾"), and ethnicity and identity ("Brown Girl Pop Quiz: All of the Above" by Mitali Perkins). The types of humor, too, are varied, with some pieces more broad and slapstick-y and others evoking laughs while tugging at heartstrings. elissa gershowitz Copyright 2017 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
  • Kirkus Reviews : Kirkus Reviews 2017 February #2
    The 28 short stories, autobiographical essays, and comic strips in this entertaining anthology are meant to prove that females can be funny, and they succeed. Librarian and blogger Bird has gathered contributions from a stellar group of female children's and teen writers and illustrators, including Rita Williams-Garcia, Jennifer Holm, and Shannon Hale, plus a few professional comedians who give advice on crafting and delivering jokes. Variety abounds, encompassing Lenore Look's pun-filled Chinese zodiac, Mitali Perkins' "Brown Girl Pop Quiz" of multiple-choice questions, and Raina Telgemeier's comic strip "Attack of the Killer Bee." Among the standouts are Carmen Agra Deedy's first-person account of the time her mother set a bathtub on fire to rid it of germs and Libba Bray's "Public Service Announcement About Your Period" from a witty 12-year-old girl who objects to the secrecy surrounding the subject. A handful of other entries also deal with girl-specific topics such as br a shopping, and nearly all the stories and reminiscences focus on girls. Boys will also enjoy the humor, which ranges from slapstick to subtle. Brief biographical notes about the contributors conclude the volume. Whether these live up to the subtitle's claim of "funniest stories ever" is subjective, but the lighthearted array will surely appeal to a wide audience. (Anthology. 9-13) Copyright Kirkus 2017 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.
  • Publishers Weekly Reviews : PW Reviews 2017 April #1

    In this winningly diverse collection edited by librarian and author Bird (Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature), readers can sample highly entertaining entries from more than two dozen contemporary female writers, including Cece Bell, Libba Bray, Lisa Graff, Mitali Perkins, Ursula Vernon, and Rita Williams-Garcia. The short contributions burst with self-deprecating humor regarding friends, families, and the awkwardness of growing up, and they come in all formats, including short stories, exchanged letters, comics, verse, and magazine-style quizzes. Several writers mine real-life embarrassments for material: YouTuber Akilah Hughes recounts a traumatic bikini-related "wardrobe malfunction" ("My best life will be lived warm and dry, away from parties, fun, and freshman boys); Meghan McCarthy recalls stapling her own thumb at school, an injury no one seemed to know how to handle; and Adrianne Chalepah closes the collection with an instructive essay that offers advice applicable to these and other situations: "Have an unshakable sense of confidence. Even when you're literally bleeding." It's certain to fit the bill for just about any child looking for a good laugh or 20. Ages 8–12. Agent: Stephen Barbara, Inkwell Management. (May)

    Copyright 2017 Publisher Weekly.
  • School Library Journal Reviews : SLJ Reviews 2017 June

    Gr 4–6—A collection of hilarious short stories, comics, letters, and quizzes, geared toward middle grade girls. A range of well-known authors contribute pieces (Amy Ignatow, Libba Bray, Raina Telgemeier, Ursula Vernon, and Shannon Hale) along with lesser-known writers. The pinkish cover, depicting a girl dangling upside down and reading Funny Girl, is appealing, as are the accessible font styles and comic illustrations throughout. Many of the stories describe bodily functions (farts, poo, pee, and periods all make appearances), proving boys don't have a monopoly on toilet humor. Though the majority of the humor is lighthearted and kid-appropriate, some jokes hit a sour note. In the first story, "How To Tell a Joke" by Delaney Yeager and Mackenzie Yeager, the narrator relates the tale of watching an antidrug assembly featuring a former drug addict with a prosthetic hand. She explains how she later imitated the man by putting her own hand inside her shirt and suggests that this is a good way to get laughs from classmates—a gag she comes back to several times in the chapter. Readers whose families have experienced addiction or who have physical disabilities are likely to find these jokes painful rather than chuckle-worthy. Authors and characters come from a range of backgrounds, including Cuban American, Native American, and Indian American. A short biography of each author can be found in the back matter. The stories work especially well when read consecutively, since several jokes recur, but most pieces stand alone. VERDICT With the exception of the first chapter's insensitivity, these stories are bound to engage most readers and tickle ribs.—Michelle Anderson, Tauranga City Libraries, New Zealand

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

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