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About the Author

Dan Signer is a comedy writer who has written for many television shows, including Disney Channel's The Suite Life on Deck. He lives with his wife and two sons in Los Angeles.

Robert Shadbolt is an illustrator living in Salford, England.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 10 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 5
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (July 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 081187639X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811876391
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 0.8 x 4.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful By M. Miller on December 14, 2012
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I love the concept of this book and it's been a huge hit with my 7 and 8-year-old kids. I was a big fan until recently, when we'd used up about half of the book. I don't pull the jokes out in order, I just flip through to find a joke they'll 'get.' That's the problem now -- I still have half the book left and it's getting harder and harder to find jokes easily understandable to my first and third grader.

Some examples:
What do cats do when they join a monastery? They take a "meow" of silence.
What does a cavewoman wear when she gets chilly? A neander-shawl.
Why did the shirt go to the doctor? It was feeling 'blousy.'
What do germs use to get rid of bad breath? Micro-scope.

While these are not complicated jokes, per se, my first grader is not familiar with the term 'vow of silence', probably has never used the terms blouse and shawl, and probably hasn't heard the word Neanderthal. My third grader is at a much higher reading level, but even she is not familiar enough with monastic practices to get the first one, and while I know she knows the term shawl, I'm much less sure that anyone has used the term blouse to her. Both of them use mouthwash, but we've never used the brand scope and we use it with them to prevent cavities and I've never mentioned it being for bad breath -- that joke would leave them completely nonplussed.

There are also jokes which depend upon pop-culture references like Will Smith or Scuby Doo. We read all the time at our house and talk about a wide variety of subjects, but I am sure my children are not familiar with either these icons.

You might object that these jokes can be explained to them and be a learning experience. This is true.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. J. Anderson on September 15, 2011
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my 2nd grader loves these. I pack one in her lunch every day and when she has hot lunch she still likes to bring one along. I eat lunch with her class twice a week and they all look forward to hearing the joke for the day:) I pack the joke along with a fun fact (did you know there is more chickens in the world then humans) and a short note of encouragement. Lunch lines might be a great icebreaker for a shy child.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Me on May 25, 2014
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I do not put these in their lunches but I leave them for them in the morning. It is a great way to start communication during breakfast time. I even write a note for my seventeen year old and he looks forward to them as well. The jokes can be a little cheesy but it is not the joke they look forward to. Reading what I wrote is what they like. Sometimes kids do not want to talk to you but this is a way to communicate without feeling judged. My kids have even started writing me morning notes as well.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mom on October 27, 2013
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I've been putting notes I my daughter's lunch bags for years. This is the best set of kid jokes!! Sometimes you get a set of lunch notes and you have to page through to find a good one. This book of jokes is so chock full of good ones, you have to try to figure out which one you like the best out of many. I wish there was a second edition available!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Laura A Lennartz on July 28, 2013
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Great product! I love putting little notes in my son's lunchbox. This is a great book because there is one for everyday of the school year and there is a spot to write a little note next to the joke. I can't wait to use these this coming school year.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Linda Kinney on October 25, 2013
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Eventually I ran out of jokes, and my son's friends (who are now 16!) insisted I buy more. I wish Dan Signer would come out with volume II.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Literacy mum on February 6, 2012
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Our 6 year old has benefitted so much from this book. He loves sharing the jokes with his friends, they love hearing them and he loves reading them. It has been a real boost for his confidence being asked by his teacher to read his joke for the day to the class. The jokes are easy to read for a beginning reader and they often are word play so great for early literacy. As a parent, a literacy coach and teacher, there is no doubt that this has been a great purchase. You will be amazed at how such a simple concept can make such a huge difference. Great for working parents too as it is so quick and easy to pop the joke in their lunch - I always thought I'd write notes to send its lunch, but mornings are so mad that even an extra minute to write a note is too much most days. So this is perfect.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kateler on July 17, 2012
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My soon-to-be first grader loves these. There's just enough space for a brief note from me (small enough that I can dash it off quickly as I rush to make her lunch). The jokes, mostly puns, are just right for early elementary kids. There are so many jokes in there that I can often page through and find one that is at least sort of related to something we recently did (or are planning to do). My daughter is always able to tell me the day's joke when I ask her in the evening, so she really does read and remember them.
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