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That's Not Funny! Hardcover – September 1, 2010
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From School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1–When Hyena puts a banana peel on Giraffe's path, he sets off a chain of events that he finds extremely hilarious. He laughs and laughs at the other animals' misfortunes–a coconut falls on Hippo's head, Snake gets stepped on, Rhino tumbles into the swamp, Turtle lands on Vulture, etc.–while they exclaim, “That's not funny!” The joke, of course, is on Hyena when he slips on the forgotten peel and steps into a huge, steaming pile of Elephant's poo, causing all the other animals to laugh. Children will love the large, colorful illustrations that clearly show each animal's pain and anger in a fun and cartoony way. The text placement is fairly interactive with the pictures, and there are plenty of onomatopoeic words (“Bink!” “Ker-rang!” etc.). Good for reading aloud and sure to be popular with the storytime crowd.Catherine Callegari, Gay-Kimball Library, Troy, NH
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From the Back Cover
One day, just for a joke, Hyena puts a banana peel on Giraffe's path. When Giraffe slips and smashes into a tree, a chain reaction begins and it involves all the other animals. Hyena laughs and laughs at their misfortunes. But the other animals have the last laugh when Hyena trips up on his own joke!
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Snake became so upset she just wriggled and waggled and bit poor Ostrich on the leg. The tears began to fly as Ostrich said, "That's not funny." Rhino didn't think so either when Ostrich accidentally kicked him into the swamp. Then when poor Rhino "fell he catapulted Turtle right into the air . . . Turtle torpedoed into Vulture . . . and Vulture flopped down from the sky and landed on Zebra." What a big mess. Everyone was falling like dominoes and that silly, foolish Hyena thought it was funny. Hahahahahahhahaha! All of a sudden Wildebeest and his pals began to stampede toward Elephant. Hyena "couldn't wait to see what hilarious thing would happen to Elephant," but there would be a BIG surprise in store for him and he wouldn't be laughing any more. "KER-RANG!"
This zany chain of events set into place by Hyena, the practical joker, will give everyone a case of the giggles. Of course it isn't really funny to laugh at others' misfortunes, but with the sudden turn of events at the end when Hyena "gets his," young and old alike will gladly have the last laugh along with all the animals. A book can be silly, but also teach a lesson at the same time in a gentle manner. The colorful, charming artwork expertly captured the wide range of emotions each animal was feeling as they became trapped by Hyena's foolish prank. There is mention of a "huge, steaming heap of Elephant's POO!" for those who do not think potty humor is funny. If you want to join in the fun and watch "how all the other animals laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed and laughed" . . . you might want to consider this hilarious tale with a moral tucked in between the pages!
Before I read this I thought it was going to be more of a teaching children the importance of playground safety, don't do things that can injure other kids type story. It's more of a comeuppance tale, you shouldn't laugh at other people's misfortune story though, but that's still a fun lesson. You can expand the story for children with safety talk after its done if you wish to anyway. Illustrations are more cartoony than realistic looking, which adds to the fun of the story.