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Just Joking (Just Books) Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 2003

Book 1 of 6 in the Just Series

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 10 years
  • Lexile Measure: 580L (What's this?)
  • Series: Just Books
  • Mass Market Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc.; Pap/MP3 edition (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439424720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439424721
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.9 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #556,140 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-7–Australian author Andy Griffiths has masterfully written this very humorous piece, read by Stig Wemyss. Griffiths, whose story is told in first person, chronicles a series of practical jokes, including episodes that involve fake vomit, dog poo, and bananas, among other things. In one story, Griffith tells of delivering a Gorilla-gram and, while dressed as a gorilla, stopping to observe restaurant goers, mocking them much like people do with gorillas in a zoo. He not only mimics their actions, he "moons" them when he is shooed away, carrying his gorilla antics a bit too far. The police show up, believing that he is a real gorilla, and attempt to subdue him and return him to the zoo. Most of Griffith's antics backfire on him, and the anticipation is appropriately written into the story. The decidedly Australian flair in both the writing and reading of this title adds to the sense of adventure. Music and sound effects are sprinkled throughout. This book will be prankster heaven for upper elementary and middle school students, particularly boys. Just plain fun, it is a worthy addition to audio collections, and may be enough to encourage reluctant readers to check out other titles by the author.–Kirsten Martindale, formerly Menomonie Public Library, WI
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

About the Author

Andy Griffiths is the New York Times Bestselling author of the day My Butt Went Psycho! Zombie Butts from Uranus!, Butt Wars!: The Final Conflict, What Buttosaur Is That?, Just Stupid!, Just Wacky!, Just Annoying!, Just Joking! And Just Disgusting!. He lives in Australia with his wife and kids.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 15, 2004
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I really like this book. I chose just joking because it is so hilarious and crazy. I specially like it when Andy jokes about nonsense things. I really like the way the author writes little tricks and jokes on each page.

P.S. if the author doesn't write more books I'll cry.

by Suebin park
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lars Otten on May 26, 2004
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Have you ever looked for a book that kills you with laughter? Well, here is your answer. Just joking is a book by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton. The mission of this book is just plainly making you get a heart attack (of laughter). In the book every chapter has a different joke. It is not a normal book of jokes but it is a story in which the character does the jokes. Read it!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 4, 2005
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This book was so good! It was the most funny book ever made.when I sat down and started reading the book I coud not stop. I think the authours message was look on the bright side. So if you are looking for a good book read Just Joking.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 2, 2006
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This must have been one of the funniest books I've ever read. It has different stories about Andy Griffiths when he was a kid. All stories are about Andy playing practical jokes on his parents, his friends, and total strangers. You won't know what's funny until you've read Just Joking. It is extremely hilarious. One of the main reasons I liked this book is how fast it is. There wasn't a part in the book where I was bored. Andy Griffiths sure knows how to keep the reader just wanting to keep on reading. Just Joking is also a very easy book to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on February 19, 2006
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I liked Just Joking because it was very, very funny. It's a whole bunch of very, very silly stories. He plays very good pranks on people, only most times he gets in trouble. One of the funny parts was when he wanted a milkshake, he wanted a chocolate milkshake, but instead of chocolate syrup, they used slugs! If you like practical jokes, this would be a completely excellent book for you. I would totally recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William C. on November 19, 2005
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Now I have read all the "Just" books, but I remember Just Joking the most. I was reading one of the funny stories in this book and I laughed so hard that I pissed in my pants! Definitely recommend for a fun read.
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More About the Author

Andy Griffiths is an internationally successful children's author and the award-winning writer of the JUST series and the BUM trilogy. His books have been bestsellers in both his native Australia and the USA. Andy thrives on having an audience; he has been a teacher, the lead singer in a rock band and a stand-up comedian. He lives in Smellbourne, I mean Melbourne, Australia, with his partner and two daughters. Other books by Andy Griffiths to look out for: THE DAY MY BUM WENT PSYCHO, ZOMBIE BUMS FROM URANUS, BUMAGEDDON, JUST ANNOYING, JUST CRAZY, JUST DISGUSTING, JUST KIDDING, JUST STUPID. Terry Denton is well-known for his work with Andy Griffiths on several titles, including the JUST books. He is also an author and illustrator in his own right and extremely popular with audiences in Australia and the US.

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