National Geographic Kids Just Joking: 300 Hilarious Jokes, Tricky Tongue Twisters, and Ridiculous Riddles Paperback – March 13, 2012
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A: He was toad away.
No thanks. I prefer peanuts.
Tongue Twister! Say this fast three times: See me sneak in my squeaky, reeking sneakers.
Q: What do you call a polar bear wearing earmuffs?
A: Anything you want. He can’t hear you!
Q: Why do magicians do so well in school?
A: They’re good at trick questions.
Ben knocking on the door all afternoon
Tongue Twister! Say this fast three times: Which wristwatch is a Swiss wristwatch?
Q: Why did the robot eat a lighbulb?
A: Because he was in need of a light snack.
Is there an owl in there?
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Why is this so important? Because kids are often labeled as poor readers when it's not that they can't read, but rather that they simply aren't interested in what they are being given to read. My teen-age step-daughter grew up thinking that she was a poor reader, too. That all changed when I gave her the Twilight Series. She read the last book, "Breaking Dawn," (756 pages) in less than 48 hours!
There are several elements that make the Nat'l Geo series so appealing, particularly to elementary aged boys. The layouts are very simple, not cluttered. Each joke (or fact in the Weird, But True Series) is only one or two sentences long. The font is much larger than what you would find in a typical chapter book designed for this age group. And the visual images are excellent - exciting, funny, interesting - they immediately draw the reader in, curious to find out more.
The Just Joking Series is one of my son's favorites. We'd previously purchased the first book in the series and my husband and I had each spent several evenings with my son taking turns with him reading the jokes aloud and cracking each other up. We purchased this box set in September for his birthday and are almost through the other two books, as well. We've also pre-ordered "Just Joking #4."
The jokes in these books are mostly very funny, very clean, and only occasionally so dumb that they merit the buzzer sound (think "America's Got Talent"). The joke books also include several tongue twisters. Truthfully, our son doesn't really care for these, but the jokes more than make up for this.
Of all the joke books we've got, these are our favorites. As a parent, teacher, library volunteer, and chairperson of my son's Scholastic Book Fairs, this is a set I will definitely be recommending for children (especially boys) from pre-K through lower elementary!
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Seemed to encourage reading skills because the joke had to be shared...
Lovely to hear children laughing whilst learning...good gift for kids.