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Funny Stories (Red Hot Reads) Paperback – September 9, 2004

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About the Author

Michael Rosen is a best-selling poet and writer for children, as well as a recognized authority on children's literature. His books include The Kingfisher Book of Children's Poetry, The Kingfisher Treasury of Funny Stories, and Walking the Bridge of Your Nose. He is also the author of the best-selling We're Going on a Bear Hunt.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Series: Red Hot Reads
  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: Kingfisher; English Language edition (September 9, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753457334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753457337
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,413,368 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Rosen, an English poet, scriptwriter, broadcaster, and performer, has been writing for children since 1970. He lives in London with his wife and five children.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By HellyMel on February 7, 2003
Format: Paperback
Hilarious! This is one of the best books for Children and Adults alike as it manages to entertain on many levels.
There is a great mixture of new and more traditional stories which I never got bored of reading.
Favourites include "The Stowaways" and "Handsel and Gristel" as well as "The Guest who ran away".
It doesn't matter where you open the book, you can always find something to amuse you.
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Format: Paperback
I got ready to laugh - after all, there are some great writers in this book. But there are not, sadly, many terrifically "funny" stories. There are some cute stories. There are some mildly amusing stories. There are even some GOOD stories (and some that are not so good). But this is not the laugh-fest promised by the title, cover, blurbs, etc.

I could not tell if the stories had been re-edited for a particular age group - the book only says "chosen by" - but one thing that struck me was that the language and tone seemed awfully consistent throughout the book. Even though there are many authors, there is a flatness to tone throughout that makes me suspect "editing" to conform to a particular reading level standard of language. I could be wrong. Maybe the editor simply CHOSE stories that all had a particular level of writing or tone. But honestly, I felt as if I were reading the SAME author throughout - and not a very funny one!

A "funny story" is not a story that has, perhaps, one "funny" element - e.g., a punch line at the end, or an amusing event. A funny story is not just about "something funny that happened" told in a relatively unfunny way.

I got about halfway through, still hoping for a good chuckle, and then gave up and looked elsewhere.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 31, 2007
Format: Paperback
Hi well to start this book stinks!! I thought I was gong to like it but I really didn't. This book is boring, dull, And all the other words that mean the same thing. I didn't finish it cause it was so boring. But I did like the stowaways. Overall this book is boring I really didn't like it if you want a real laugh read more funny stories well gotta go hope this was helpful Brooke.
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