Friday 19 October 2012

1001 Aussie Crack-Ups

1001 Aussie Crack-ups1001 Aussie Crack-ups (Scholastic Australia)
PB RRP $9.99
ISBN 978-1-74283-319-4
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

Q: Why was 6 scared?
A: Because 7 8 9 (7 ate 9).

Camp Quality, a children’s family cancer charity, believes laughter is the best medicine. It can exercise your mind and body in the same way as physical activities such as rowing and jogging. This book provides an excellent start to laughter. There are some old, tried and true jokes along with many new jokes I’d never heard before.

Q: How do you make a bandstand?
A: Hide all their chairs.

Divided into 20 fun sections such as Goofy Geography, this joke book is easy to navigate and the large type and funny pictures means that even the youngest readers can join in reading jokes aloud. Anyone can open the book at random and ask a funny riddle.

Gross-Out Groaners has:
Q: Why do gorillas have big noses?
A: Because they have big fingers.

Animal Wise Quacks asks:
Q: What do you call a story about a hairy little horse?
A: A ponytale.

Included are jokes donated by celebrities such as David Koch, Andy Griffiths, Luke Mangan and Rachel Finch. Wall E. (from Disney Pixar) supplied one of my favourites:
Q: What do you do if you see a spaceman?
A: You park in it man.

This book will tickle every funny bone (child and adult). It’s a great one for your collection, or better yet, leave it lying around the house waiting to be picked up at random.

Parting joke: There are two snowmen standing on a hill. One turns to the other and says, “Say, do you smell carrots?”

All royalties from this book go to Camp Quality. For information on this charily, visit their website

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