Perhaps your child wants a book that’s just silly and strange, but you want your child to read a book with good vocabulary and lessons on getting along with family and friends. Our library has book series that will make you both happy.
A Whole Nother Story by Cuthbert Soup is incredibly goofy. Often our family was laughing out loud. Yet this story has great vocabulary and the siblings in the book love each other and work together despite a few sibling disputes. Ethan Cheeseman and his three children are hoping to complete a time machine while avoiding the spies and government agencies that would like to get their hands on the time machine. The audiobook version is very enjoyable. The whacky and suspenseful adventure continues in the two follow up books: Another Whole Nother Story, and No Other Story.
School of Fear by Gitty Daneshvari is another book that combines the absurdly funny with quality reading material. Four children are sent to Mrs. Wellington’s School of Fear for the summer by their parents, who hope Mrs. Wellington can cure their children of their phobias. Mrs. Wellington’s preposterous “plans” for their cures cause the children to band together in hopes of surviving the summer. Yet, surviving the summer may involve more than they think. The audiobook version of this story is very entertaining. The children meet again in the next two books in the trilogy: Class Is Not Dismissed and Final Exam.
Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made by Stephan Pastis is a great book for those wanting to move on from Diary of a Wimpy Kid. The Timmy Failure books are the easiest to read of the books I’ve recommended in this post and I often suggest this series for reluctant readers. Simple drawings and lots of hilarious moments punctuate the short chapters. Yet, there is an intelligence and sweetness to Timmy’s life stories. There are currently six books in the Timmy Failure series. The first few books in this series are available in audio, but I would recommend the books because the drawings add to the humor.
--Amanda, Part-time Library Assistant