Top Funny Books for 6-9 - Angela Woolfe

To celebrate her new book 'Roxy & Jones: The Great Fairytale Cover-up', author Angela has picked her top 5 funny books, all short chapter books suitable for readers aged 6-9.

Mr Gum and the Power Crystals

Andy Stanton & David Tazzyman

I love all funny books, but it’s rare for one to make me actually laugh out loud… the Mr Gum books never fail to make this happen. This particular one is probably my favourite in the brilliant series, not least because of the song, ‘Crazy Barry Fungus’, which is a work of total genius. If my daughter and I want to make each other laugh like drains, we just quote the song’s line, ‘You stupid dangerous weirdo’ at each other and proceed to fall about in fits of giggles for the next week or two. Our lives were incomplete before we discovered Polly, Friday O’Leary, Alan Taylor (the best name for a gingerbread man with electric muscles EVER) and of course the always-foul Mr Gum and Billy William. These books always cheer me right up.

Daisy and the Trouble With Chocolate

Kes Gray, Nick Sharratt & Garry Parsons

This is my favourite of the Daisy books, mostly because of the fact that even though you can SEE the combination of school hamsters and a trip to a chocolate factory ending really, really badly, you don’t know just how badly it’s going to end until it actually happens.

The Twits

Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake

This was my favourite funny book that I read (again and again) as a child myself, and even though it does seem a lot more horrible than I remember (I loved the worm spaghetti as an 8 year old but can barely read it now without hiding behind the bookshelf) it never fails to make me smile. The early chapters in particular, where Mr and Mrs Twit play increasingly horrible practical jokes on each other, are truly snigger-worthy. Foul but funny.

Charlie Changes into a Chicken

Sam Copeland

How could a book with this title NOT be hilarious? I think the dialogue is superb – really true to life, exactly the way real children speak, and I always love dialogue as good as this. But really it’s the premise that’s so fabulous, and you’re always waiting to see what he’s going to turn into next. What sets this one apart from the others on the list is that it has a very serious underlying message about anxiety, but what a fabulous idea to package up such a grown-up subject in a way that makes people snort with laughter. The letters from ‘Josh from Whitstable’ are my absolute favourite part of an always-brilliant book.

Claude On Holiday

Alex T Smith

Hooray for super-cute and funny Claude, and his brilliant sidekick Sir Bobblysock, who has wormed his way into my heart like no sock before or since. His sandcastle prowess in this book is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen, and I think of him every time I’m on a beach with sandcastle-show-offs around. Gorgeous, whimsical and a little bit bonkers.

Many thanks to Angela Woolfe for compiling this guest booklist for us. We couldn't leave this list of books of super funny chapter books for younger readers without adding Angela's own new book Roxy & Jones: The Great Fairytale Cover-up.

Roxy & Jones: The Great Fairytale Cover-up

Angela Woolfe

A hilarious modern fairy-tale mash-up set in a world in which witches are real, magic is real and fairy tales are not only real ... but recent history.

Once Upon a Modern Time, in the city of Rexopolis, in the Kingdom of Illustria, lived twelve-year-old Roxy Humperdinck, half-sister to Hansel and Gretel (yes, THE Hansel and Gretel, not that she knows it). Enter Cinderella ("Call me Jones") Jones, who most definitely does NOT want to marry ghastly Prince Charming and is far too busy hunting for lost relics of the Cursed Kingdom. But now she needs Roxy's help. And Roxy's about to discover the truth about her world and her family: that witches are real, magic is real and fairy tales are not only real ... but recent history.

Find out more over on our blog.

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op Funny Books for 6-9 - Angela Woolfe To celebrate her new book 'Roxy & Jones: The Great Fairytale Cover-up', author Angela has picked her top 5 funny books, all short chapter books suitable for readers aged 6-9. ​ Mr Gum and the Power Crystals Andy Stanton & David Tazzyman I love all funny books, but it’s rare for one to make me actually laugh out loud… the Mr Gum books never fail to make this happen. This particular one is probably my favourite in the brilliant series, not least because of the song, ‘Crazy Barry Fungus’, which is a work of total genius. If my daughter and I want to make each other laugh like drains, we just quote the song’s line, ‘You stupid dangerous weirdo’ at each other and proceed to fall about in fits of giggles for the next week or two. Our lives were incomplete before we discovered Polly, Friday O’Leary, Alan Taylor (the best name for a gingerbread man with electric muscles EVER) and of course the always-foul Mr Gum and Billy William. These books always cheer me right up. Buy Online Daisy and the Trouble With Chocolate Kes Gray, Nick Sharratt & Garry Parsons This is my favourite of the Daisy books, mostly because of the fact that even though you can SEE the combination of school hamsters and a trip to a chocolate factory ending really, really badly, you don’t know just how badly it’s going to end until it actually happens. Buy Online The Twits Roald Dahl & Quentin Blake This was my favourite funny book that I read (again and again) as a child myself, and even though it does seem a lot more horrible than I remember (I loved the worm spaghetti as an 8 year old but can barely read it now without hiding behind the bookshelf) it never fails to make me smile. The early chapters in particular, where Mr and Mrs Twit play increasingly horrible practical jokes on each other, are truly snigger-worthy. Foul but funny. Buy Online Charlie Changes into a Chicken Sam Copeland How could a book with this title NOT be hilarious? I think the dialogue is superb – really true to life, exactly the way real children speak, and I always love dialogue as good as this. But really it’s the premise that’s so fabulous, and you’re always waiting to see what he’s going to turn into next. What sets this one apart from the others on the list is that it has a very serious underlying message about anxiety, but what a fabulous idea to package up such a grown-up subject in a way that makes people snort with laughter. The letters from ‘Josh from Whitstable’ are my absolute favourite part of an always-brilliant book. Buy Online Claude On Holiday Alex T Smith Hooray for super-cute and funny Claude, and his brilliant sidekick Sir Bobblysock, who has wormed his way into my heart like no sock before or since. His sandcastle prowess in this book is one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen, and I think of him every time I’m on a beach with sandcastle-show-offs around. Gorgeous, whimsical and a little bit bonkers. Buy Online Many thanks to Angela Woolfe for compiling this guest booklist for us. We couldn't leave this list of books of super funny chapter books for younger readers without adding Angela's own new book Roxy & Jones: The Great Fairytale Cover-up. Roxy & Jones: The Great Fairytale Cover-up Angela Woolfe A hilarious modern fairy-tale mash-up set in a world in which witches are real, magic is real and fairy tales are not only real ... but recent history. Once Upon a Modern Time, in the city of Rexopolis, in the Kingdom of Illustria, lived twelve-year-old Roxy Humperdinck, half-sister to Hansel and Gretel (yes, THE Hansel and Gretel, not that she knows it). Enter Cinderella ("Call me Jones") Jones, who most definitely does NOT want to marry ghastly Prince Charming and is far too busy hunting for lost relics of the Cursed Kingdom. But now she needs Roxy's help. And Roxy's about to discover the truth about her world and her family: that witches are real, magic is real and fairy tales are not only real ... but recent history. Find out more over on our blog.

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