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PW praised the "strong, realistic characterization" in this "gracefully told story" of a compulsive comic, the scourge of his seventh-grade class. Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Grade 5-8-- Gary Boone (who calls himself "Goon") is the self-proclaimed clown of his seventh-grade class. He never stops joking, despite the fact that nobody laughs much, and he has no real friends at school. Entering a talent contest as a stand-up comedian forces him to look more closely at the effect his humor has on others and on himself. Sachar balances the fun with moments of insight and feeling. Gary, who appeared as a fifth grader in Someday Angeline (McKay, 1990), is not very funny as the book begins. He has moments of true wit, but they are overshadowed as he reels off one-liners culled from books. As he begins to notice how his family and classmates react to his jokes, he gradually becomes funnier. He also stops falling back on the self-deprecating humor that has helped to make him unpopular . His hilarious performance at the talent show is a fitting climax, full of real surprises. Hurwitz's Class Clown (Morrow, 1987) deals with a similar theme but is for a younger audience. Dogs Don't Tell Jokes is an excellent choice for junior high readers, and Sachar's younger fans will enjoy it too. --Steven Engelfried, Pleasanton Library, CA
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 560L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling; 7.12.1992 edition (August 11, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679833722
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679844730
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,914 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Gary Boone likes to tell jokes. He thinks they are funny. Whenever he is talking to someone, he tells a joke, but no one thinks they are funny. But when a talent show is announced at his school, he starts on making his routine everyday to make it perfect. Then his mom and dad said that if he didn't tell a joke until the talent show, he would get 100 dollars. But since he didn't think his jokes were funny, he quit. But an incident caused him to change his mind. I found this really great after a few chapters. It is the funniest book I have read. Don't put down this book!!!!!!!!!! The characters have a big plot in this book. I think this book is good for all ages. Read it by yourself or with someone.
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A Kid's Review on September 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book, written by Louis Sachar, was a very enjoyable book. It's a very easy book, but you won't be able to put it down. It's about a boy by the name of Gary W. Boone. "If you take the Oon from Boone and the G from Gary, it makes Goon!" Being the goofy kid he is on the inside, he tries to make friends, but being the comedian without any good jokes, he sees it's very difficult. His best friend, Angeline, moves to a new school, which makes it harder for Gary. Finding a sign for the school talent show, Gary finds this the perfect opportunity to gain popularity, and practice his jokes. As he practices day and night to find a nice order to put his jokes in and memorize them, he gets a call from Angeline. Angeline, who has always thought she was psychic, tells Gary not to enter the talent show. She senses something bad might happen. Gary wants to believe her, but this is his big chance to give the school a big opening BANG with his hilarity.

I would give this book four stars because its funny and it has a good story line.

Louis Sachar is a brilliant author that talks about funny things. I like him mostly because he's down to earth and he doesn't involve aliens or anything fiction. His stories are about everyday kids in awkward, hilarious situations. I'm not a good science fiction reader so this book is perfect for me, plus it's not as hard so I won't get confused on what's going on. This is why I like Louis Sachar.
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A Kid's Review on April 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
I chose this book because of the title "Dogs Don't Tell Jokes." I thought this book would be about this girl that was telling dogs jokes. This book is about a kid whose name is Gary W. Boone, and he really wants to enter a talent show but then he finds out that he is the only one signed up for it. I liked this book because the boy is really funny, but I also liked this book because the boy is really lucky. He will get $100 from his parents if he doesn't tell jokes for two weeks. I recommend this book for 4th-8th graders.
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Love, love, love this clever and well-written book!!! So funny, so silly, so sad, and so real, all rolled up in one wonderful book... So appropriate for an 8-year-old boy in 3rd Grade who loves to laugh!
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By A Customer on March 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am sure that there are many people in school who feel left out. An example would be Gary Boon (also known as Gary Goon)for Gary the only way to fit in is with jokes. Unfortunately, for him his jokes are pretty corny. It is not until a school talent show comes up that he feels that he can prove himself to his classmates and parents, who are also annoyed with his poor humor. Even more, with the talent show he can win one hundred dollars and hopefully his sweetheart Angeline. When Angeline takes a trip on the day of his show he quits in shame. However, a figment of his imagination comes and reasons with him and the show is a success.
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By Shelley on December 20, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
I really would strongly recomend tis book,but....

-there is name calling
-the olny person who is nice to goon is in a plot to ruin the biggest day of his life

Gary W. Boone has a nickname...Goon. Nobody likes him and his dream is to be a comedian. His parents are sick of him always telling joke after joke, so when the school has a talent show Goon knows that this is his big chance, but despite bullys and pranks,can Gary prove to everybody he has what it takes to be a comedian?
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Format: Paperback
This was kind of a lukewarm book for the talented Sachar. It's about a kid who's so obsessed with telling jokes that he doesn't realize that it's become his whole personality . . . which is especially bad if people just don't really think his jokes are funny. When his parents cook up a scheme to temporarily tempt him to stop telling jokes (in exchange for $100), he starts to realize that he hasn't formed any real relationships and doesn't know how to. Making fun of everything and making people laugh isn't so much a hobby as it is also a defense mechanism. It was told fairly well but I like it when Sachar loads a few more layers on, and this was a tad simplistic.
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A Kid's Review on November 13, 2002
Format: School & Library Binding
One of the best books that I read this year would be Dogs Don't tell Jokes by Louis Sachar. This book was my favorite because it had a lot of different types of conflict. One is when Gary first found out about the talent show. He was having a really hard time to find out who he could sign up with. Then he just kept asking the kids at his school if they knew how to sign up. Then he finally comes to this girl named Brenda and she said, that he could sign up with his teacher. Finally he goes to his teacher and said to put his name on the list for the talent show. She said that he was the first one to sign up. That is just one of the reasons why this book is my favorite. Another reasons why this book is my favorite is when his parents told him that they would give him one hundred dollars if he would stop telling his jokes. He had to stop telling them until the talent show which was four weeks away. They said, that they were getting tired of hearing the same jokes over and over. They also said, that if he keeps telling them that people would have already heard them and they wouldn't won't to hear them again. His dad told him that today he repeated one of his jokes to one of customers. Gary said, that he would do it. he wouldn't won't say any more until the talent show. Then my favorite one is when he's at the talent
Show. When he comes out, he had a suit and a hat that was tight on his head. He had this thing that made his hair look like he had shaved it. then in one part of his act he wrapped a bath towel around him. He said, that the soap that he used is what made him bold. Then he starts off telling more of his jokes. He still has on the bath towel. Then he would start talking about the soap again. Then he would start talking about something else. He would just keep going back and fourth from one thing to another. He would never finish one of his jokes. That is why I think that you should read the book to find out the rest.
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