5 funny books for mid-grade readers, aged 8-12
Published on: 17 October 2018 Author: Steven Butler
Chucklesome children's author Steven Butler gives us the lowdown on the funniest books out there for a child at primary school.
1. The Bromeliad Trilogy: Truckers, Diggers and Wings
Terry Pratchett, PR
I have loved this trilogy by the late great master of comic fantasy since I first read it when I was about ten years old. It’s a rampageous quest story, following a band of nomes (Masklin, Grimma, Old Torrit and Granny Morkie) as they set in motion an escape plan that spans department stores, quarries, airports and hotels in Florida. It’s huge in concept and extremely funny. Well worth a read.
2. Embassy Of The Dead
Will Mabbitt (illustrated by Chris Mould), Orion
Who wouldn’t love a story that starts with a little boy receiving a dismembered finger in the post?!? The first book in Will’s new series is a terrifically fast-paced adventure with a laugh-out-loud host of living, dead and undead characters. Lots of spooky giggles in this one.
3. Welcome To Oddleigh
Tor Freeman, Bog Eyed Books
I’m a huge fan of Tor’s work and now it’s all been wrapped up and presented in a 64-page comic book. YES!! I think it’s important to include a comic in a mid-grade reading list, as I’m a true believer they are ageless and can be thoroughly enjoyed by even the most confident of readers. Inspector Jessie and Sergeant Sid’s job to police the town of Oddleigh is filled with high jinks and mayhem on every bright and brilliantly drawn page… and it’s HILARIOUS!
4. Bad Nana: Older Not Wiser
Sophy Henn, Harper Collins
If you’re anything like me, you’ll love this colorful celebration of the sheer deliciousness of being a bit naughty and mischievous. The misadventures of Jeanie and her wickedly funny grandma are fantastic and should be enjoyed by readers of all levels. Don’t be put off by the pink cover… this book is just as much for cheeky chappies as it is for gigglesome girls.
5. Witch For A Week
Kaye Umansky (illustrated by Ashley King), Simon And Schuster
What could go wrong when a young girl, Elsie Pickles, is left to house sit for an eccentric sorceress and takes on a gaggle of oddball neighbours, mangy pets and some very dangerous magical artefacts in the process? Lots! I got hooked into this funny book straight away, and if you’re a lover of exploding spells, talking ravens and mysterious witches, you will be too!