LOL 101: A Kid’s Guide to Writing Jokes

Chronicle. May 2023. 148p. Tr $15.99. ISBN 9781797213927.
K-Gr 3–Live from the stack—it’s library night! Professional comedian Roth and coauthor Shah break down the mechanics of a great joke, showing readers just how easy it can be to write a real side-splitter. The clever wordplay and idiom jokes kids so adore may seem super complicated, but coauthors’ step-by-step explanation provides a simple template for a winning joke formula. Exaggeration jokes have been around since the days of the dinosaur. All these joke styles, plus Rule of 3 and visual humor, rely on a common element: SURPRISE! That’s what readers learn to strive for. Along with offering tips on joke delivery and style, the creators make sure readers know two important principles: 1) Never tell another person’s joke without giving them credit—that’s stealing! and 2) Never tell a joke that makes someone sad or uncomfortable. Shah’s colorful cartoon illustrations perfectly complement every spread. Kids who want to be the life of the party will gain instrumental insight from this instructional guide.
VERDICT This one’s a must have, no kidding.

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