Monday, 30 September 2013

Just Joking

Just Joking illustrated by Dan McGuiness (Scholastic Australia)
PB RRP $6.99
ISBN 978-1-74283-735-2
Reviewed by Jenny Heslop

         Why did the bicycle fall over?
         Because it was two-tyred.

Just Joking, brought out by Scholastic for Camp Quality, is a new joke book jam packed with over 300 jokes. In the forward, Simon Rountree, the Camp Quality CEO, explains just why laughter is the best medicine. Camp Quality assists children living with cancer and the organisation lives and breathes this motto. Also important is the money raised by the joke books which goes towards funding important programs for Camp Quality.

         When does the alphabet only have 24 letters?
         When U and I aren’t there.

The black and white illustrations do more than just decorate the pages; they often form part of the joke. Just Joking is an attractive and well-laid out book, easy to read cover to cover or to flick through.

This is an inexpensive, affordable book, and includes joke donated by Aussie kids. Children can also donate their favourite jokes at www.campquality.org/yourjoke. Sprinkled throughout the book, amongst the jokes and riddles, are activity pages to keep kids busy. There are mazes, word searches and mad libs (where you can make up small, mad, funny stories). So grab the book, pick up a pen and get ready to laugh.

        What do you call two banana peels?
        A pair of slippers.

‘Camp Quality is committed to bringing hope and happiness to children living with cancer, their families and communities, through ongoing quality recreations, educational and financial support programs. Scholastic Australia is proud to donate all royalties from sales to this worthy cause.’

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