Silly stories. Parents and teachers may groan at the humor, but kids love these stories. The sillier the better. Thankfully, there are plenty of silly stories to be discovered and what’s better than hearing kids laugh and giggle!
Among newer titles, there’s the Caldecott Honor Book Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein in which Papa Chicken starts to tell little red chicken a bedtime story. He starts with the story of Hansel and Gretel. Papa Chicken is up to the part where the old woman who lives in the house that Hansel and Gretel are eating, comes out and invites them in. They are just about to enter the old woman’s house when little red chicken interrupts his Papa, shouting: “‘Don’t go in! She’s a witch!’ So Hansel and Gretel didn’t. THE END.”
Little red chicken realizes what he’s done and tells his Papa he’s sorry and that he’ll be good. So Papa starts anew with Little Red Riding Hood but just as the wolf makes an entrance, little red chicken interrupts again to warn her “Don’t talk to strangers!” Exasperated and out of stories, Papa asks little red chicken to tell him a story; but who do you think it is that interrupts little red chicken with his snores?
Then there are Viviane Schwarz’s two delightful books: There are Cats in this Book and There are No Cats in this Book. In the first book, readers are invited to follow and help the three cats Tiny, Moonpie and André as they play with yarn, boxes, pillows and fish. At one point readers actually save the cats from drowning! In their second book the trio decide to leave their book and go travelling. They try everything, including enlisting the aid of the reader, to leave their book. Are they successful? Well, you’ll just have to read this book yourself to find out!
For nearly 20 years, The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka & Lane Smith has been amusing kids of all ages with its irreverent retelling of fairy tales. Just try reading this one without laughing as the hilarity starts even before the title page!
For several generations, kids have been reading and laughing at Peggy Parish’s child-like adult Amelia Bedelia . Because she takes everything literally, Amelia manages to make everyone laugh (or groan) with her antics. Of course, the unbeatable Dr. Seuss has delighted and amused generations with his beginning readers. These include Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham (written as the result of a bet that he could write a book using only 50 words), and One Fish, Two Fish. It’s a rare home where no Dr. Seuss resides.
Today young readers laugh as they relish reading anything by Mo Willems. After parents have read his Pigeon and Knuffle Bunny titles to their children, it’s a short hop to his Elephant and Piggie beginning reader books that will bring humor to a new generation as they embark on the road to reading.
For more silly stories ask your local children’s librarian for suggestions.
Suzanne & Andrea