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Whinnie the Lovesick Dragon-Mercer Mayer (Illustrator - Diana Dawson Hearn). This selection is about Whinnie, a dragon who is in love with a knight. She tries to get the knight to love her, but he only smacks her with his sword. Whinnie asks the wizard to turn her into a beautiful princess so that the knight will like her. Whinnie ends up thinking that the knight is boring, but it turns out that the knight also used to be a dragon. The wizard turns them back into dragons and they are both happy.
Publisher: Macmillan Publishing Compnay, New York, 1986.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Other Category: Joy.




I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie-Alison Jackson (Illustrator - Judith Byron Schacher). This is a funny twist on the old poem, "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly." At the end, the old lady is so full that they use her as a balloon in the Thanksgiving day parade.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc; New York; 1997.
Other Category: Joy.
General Grade Level: Primary-Intermediate.




Don't Eat the Teacher-Nick Ward. This is a funny selection about Sammy the Shark who eats things when he gets excited. Sammy learns not to eat the stories, the paintings, or the teacher.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc; New York; 1998.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




If You Give a Pig a Pancake-Laura Numeroff (Illustrator - Felicia Bond). This is a funny tale about what would happen if a person was to give a pig a pancake. This gets her started on so many other activities.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc; New York; 1998.
Other Category: Artwork.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




The Stories Julian Tells-Ann Cameron (Illustrator - Ann Strugnell). This selection is a collection of stories told by a young boy named Julian. He tells stories about making pudding that tastes like a whole raft of lemons, catalog cats, his fig tree, very strange teeth, and his best friend, Gloria.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc; New York; 1981.
Other Category: Joy.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




The True Story of the Three Little Pigs-Jon Scieszka (Illustrator - Lane Smith). This selection is a humorous twist on the tale of the three little pigs, told from the viewpoint of the "big bad wolf." The wolf explains that he is not really big and bad, but that the whole thing started with a sneeze and a cup of sugar.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc; New York; 1989.
Other Category: Artwork, Joy.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




Simple Pictures are Best-Nancy Willard (Illustrator - Tomie de Paola). This selection is a humorous one about a couple that wants their picture taken for their anniversary. The problem is that they want their picture taken with too many objects and the photographer thinks that simple pictures are best.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc; New York; 1976.
Other Category: Artwork.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




Cock-A-Doodle-Moo!-Bernard Most. This selection is about a rooster who wakes up with a sore throat and cannot crow. The only animal that notices and wakes up is the cow. The rooster gets the cow to help him wake everyone up by teaching it how to crow. The closest that the cow can get, though, is "cock-a-doodle-moo!"
Publisher: Harcourt Brace & Company, New York, 1996.
General Grade Level: Primary.




The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig-Eugene Trivizas (Illustrator - Helen Oxbury). This selection is a cute twist on the classic The Three Little Pigs. One difference, though, is that the construction materials are modern and unusual. And, of course, the main characters' roles are reversed.
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books, New York, 1993.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Other Category: Artwork.




Sideways Stories from Wayside School-Louis Sachar (Illustrator - Julie Brinckloe). This selection is a humorous one about Wayside School. Wayside School was supposed to be built with its classrooms next to each other in a row, but instead, the classrooms were built on top of each other so the school is 30 stories tall. This may be why funny things always happen at Wayside School.
Publisher: Morrow Junior Books, New York, 1978.
General Grade Level: Advanced.
Other Books by the Author: Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, Wayside School is Falling Down.
Other Category: Joy.




That's Not Fair-Gina and Mercer Mayer. In this selection, Little Critter talks about all the things that he's not allowed to do and all the things he has to do that aren't fair. The one thing he says is fair, though, is that he gets to stay up later every night than his little sister and brother.
Publisher: Reader's Digest Kids; Westport, Ct; 1993.
General Grade Level: Primary.
Other Category: Joy, Artwork.




Math Riddles-Harriet Ziefert (Illustrator - Andrea Baruffi). This is a collection of riddles all about math. Some of the answers are actually pretty tricky.
Publisher: Viking, New York, 1997.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




The Napping House-Audrey Wood (Illustrator - Don Wood). This is a humorous selection about the residents of a house that all end up in the same bed but fall out and end up breaking the bed because a flea bit the mouse, who scared the cat, who clawed the dog, who thumped the child who then bumped the granny. The illustrations are great.
Publisher: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Publishers; San Diego, 1984.
General Grade Level: Upper Primary.
Other Category: Artwork.




Just Me and My Babysitter-Mercer Mayer. This is a humorous selection about how Little Critter "helps" his babysitter when his mom and dad go out for the evening.
Publisher: Golden Books Publishing Company, Inc; NY; 1986.
General Grade Level: Primary.




Merry Christmas Mom and Dad-Mercer Mayer. In this selection, Little Critter helps his mom and dad get ready for Christmas.
Publisher: Western Publishing Company, Inc; Racine, Wi; 1982.
General Grade Level: Primary.




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