The Funny Pages: Ten Hilarious Picture Books

There are a lot of funny books, but there aren’t a lot of FUNNY novels. While plenty of stories have made me laugh, chuckle, and—more often than not—push air through my nose in a sigh of approval, it’s hard to sustain laughs over 250 or more pages. And that’s not even considering the subjectiveness of comedy. The number of times I’ve loaned a book to someone, raving that there’s a laugh on every page, only to have them return it with a pained smile is unfortunately not zero.

That’s why I love funny picture books. They’re short. The usual thirty-pages are perfect to either construct a long joke with a huge punchline or to provide several small jokes that don’t fizzle by the end. Plus, let’s be honest: pictures can always punch up a mediocre joke.

So in honor of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday and it’s focus on all things funny, here are ten of my favorite hilarious picture books.

The Bear Ate Your Sandwich
by Julia Sarcone-Roach

The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County
by Janice N. Harrington
illustrated Shelley Jackson

Everybody Says Meow
by Constance Lombardo

Finders Keepers
by Keiko Kasza

I Want My Hat Back
by Jon Klassen

It’s Not All Rainbows
by Jessika Von Innerebner

Monster Trouble!
by Lane Fredrickson
illustrated by Michael Robertson

Pokko and the Drum
by Matthew Forsythe
Goodreads | My Review

Rude Cakes
by Rowboat Watkins

This Book is Gray
by Lindsay Ward

Note: Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to check out her weekly post to find other participants.

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  1. These are adorable! I am glad you skipped the TBR theme and used the Funny Titles one instead. I have seen I want my Hat Back doing the rounds, but I didn’t know it was one of the Funny gems too. 🙂 And totally agree on the whole amusing-sometimes-chuckle versus cackling-ROFL-hilarious. I prefer the latter 😀

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  2. Love this list! I’ve added “Rude Cakes” as a book to pick up for my kiddo at the library. Any books that works on manners is a must read to me, especially with humor and fun added!

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  3. Definitely agree that it’s hard to find an actual funny novel that manages to do more than make you chuckle a bit, or push air through the nose in a sigh of approval 🙂 These picture books all look so much fun though!

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  4. I have read so many picture books over the years, yet I have not read any of these, Christopher. I see a few that my grandkids would probably like, so I will investigate further. I always get them a book for Easter, so this is perfect.

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