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Funny books

A Visitor for Bear

From bottoms and pants to kung-fu pandas and monsters, there is a story for every child in this great list of funny books that will have you and your child rolling about with laughter.

  • Pants

    Author: Giles Andreae Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Random House

    From hairy pants, scary pants and fairy pants, to loose pants, tight pants and lighting up at night pants, this must-have picture book explores every possible variation on the theme.

  • Wriggle and Roar!

    Author: Julia Donaldson Illustrator: Nick Sharratt
    Publisher: Macmillan Childrens Books

    This super collection of 17 original rhymes for joining in with has appeal for the new toddler and well into the nursery years.

  • Penguin

    Author: Polly Dunbar
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Polly Dunbar's illustrations are gorgeous and her palette stylish - from the endearing Ben's rosy cheeks to the magnificent turquoise lion who eats him up.

  • Funnybones

    Author: Allan & Janet Ahlberg
    Publisher: Penguin

    In the first book of this now classic series, we are taken down the dark, dark street to the dark, dark house and into the dark, dark cellar in which the skeletons live.

  • Sing a Song of Bottoms!

    Author: Jeanne Willis Illustrator: Adam Stower
    Publisher: Puffin

    Young children will love the rhyming text which rejoices in the diversity of bottoms!

  • Dogs Don't Do Ballet

    Author: Anna Kemp Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
    Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Books

    Everyone knows that dogs don’t do ballet, except for one little girl in Miss Polly’s ballet class.

  • My Sister is an Alien

    Author: Rachel Bright
    Publisher: Puffin

    Alfie's new baby sister, Ruby, looks, sounds and smells like an alien. Alfie is convinced she often cries for home. He decides to take Ruby back to the moon where she belongs.

  • A Visitor for Bear

    Author: Bonny Becker Illustrator: Kady MacDonald Denton
    Publisher: Walker Books

    Bear likes to be on his own until a mouse turns up and teaches him that sharing experiences is far better than being on your own

  • Bedtime for Monsters

    Author: Ed Vere
    Publisher: Puffin Books

    Do you ever wonder if somewhere, not too far away, there might be monsters?

  • The Great Sheep Shenanigans

    Author: Peter Bently Illustrator: Mei Matsuoka
    Publisher: Anderson Press

    Lou Pine is one hungry wolf who cunjurs up a cunning plan to catch a sheep for his dinner. But the sheep are not as dumb as they first appear…

    This hilarious romp from the award-winning creators of The Great Dog Bottom Swap, which was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize will have you rolling in laughter.

  • The Worst Princess

    Author: Anna Kemp Illustrator: Sara Ogilvie
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster

    With a rhyming text by Anna Kemp and delightfully humorous illustrations by Sara Ogilvie, this entertaining picture book offers a refreshingly tongue-in-cheek spin on the conventional fairy tale princess.

  • Chickens Can't See in the Dark

    Author: Kristyna Litten
    Publisher: Oxford University Press

    When Little Pippa Chicken is told by her teacher that chickens can't see in the dark, she sets out to prove him wrong, and soon becomes the talk of Sunnyside Farm.

  • The Baby That Roared

    Author: Simon Puttock Illustrator: Nadia Shireen
    Publisher: Nosy Crow

    Mr and Mrs Deer don’t have any children, but they would love to have a baby of their own to look after. When a mysterious bundle arrives on their doorstep they are overjoyed.

  • This is Not My Hat

    Author: Jon Klassen
    Publisher: Walker Books

    A little fish has stolen an equally small bowler hat from a much bigger fish. Hiding himself in the weedsm, he is confident he won't be discovered - but the big fish is on his trail...

  • I’m not cute!

    Author: Jonathan Allen
    Publisher: Boxer Books

    Baby Owl is fed up. In fact, he’s furious. He sets off for a walk in the woods but kangaroo, fox and squirrel won’t leave him alone. They insist on picking him up, hugging him and telling him how cute he is. It’s too much! For Baby Owl doesn’t think he’s cute at all: he’s a sleek hunting machine with silent wings and huge …

  • Time for Bed, Fred!

    Author: Yasmeen Ismail
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's Books

    Fred is a very naughty dog - and he doesn't want to go to bed one bit!

  • The Day the Crayons Quit

    Author: Drew Daywalt Illustrator: Oliver Jeffers
    Publisher: HarperCollins

    Award-winning illustrator and artist Oliver Jeffers has teamed up with film writer and director Drew Daywalt to create this gorgeously colourful picture book.

  • Never Ask a Dinosaur to Dinner

    Author: Gareth Edwards Illustrator: Guy Parker-Rees
    Publisher: Alison Green Books

    This fabulously daft tale around a child's evening routine is the perfect bedtime book to share.

  • Hugless Douglas and the Big Sleep

    Author: David Melling
    Publisher: Hodder Childrens Books

    • Part of the much-loved Hugless Douglas series about a huggable bear and his friends.
    • Hugless Douglas is off to a sleepover at Rabbit's, but will some extra guests fit?
    • Funny words, ilustrations and characters should have your preschooler giggling.

  • The New Small Person

    Author: Lauren Child
    Publisher: Puffin

    An endearingly funny story, featuring Lauren Child's heart-warming illustrations, about the arrival of a new sibling and the havoc that ensues.

  • Fish Food

    Author: Andy Mansfield Illustrator: Henning Lohlein
    Publisher: Templar Publishing

    A clever pop-up book about the underwater food chain.