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Funny Stories (Red Hot Reads) Paperback – September 9, 2004
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.