I love a good picture book - especially if it makes my children laugh. And even more so if it makes me laugh, too. Since we can all use a good laugh now and then, I hereby present our top five favorite funny picture books.
#5. The Messy Family by Katherine Pebley O'Neal and Laura Huliska-Beith
I do appreciate the message here - that we should focus on more important things than a spotless house - but the laughs really come in when you and your kids look at the pictures in this book. My kids never fail to crack up when the kids clean their room by stuffing things under the bed, for example, and they think it's funny that the family discovers all kinds of critters hidden in their mess.
We also enjoy The Loud Family and The Silly Family, by the same author/illustrator team - but, perhaps because we are a bit messy ourselves, The Messy Family is our fav.
#4. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi and Ron Barrett
Quite probably, you've seen the movie by this same title, but trust me - the book is almost entirely different! Grandpa loves to tell his grandchildren stories, and his yarn about a little town called Chewandswallow - whose food is supplied entirely by the weather - will fill you with chuckles, gafaws, and laughter. (We especially love how the townspeople escape Chewandswallow when the weather becomes too much - using a giant peanut butter sandwich with sails made from cheese.)
#3. The Knight Who Was Afraid of the Dark by
Read it and laugh, my friends!
#2. Too Many Toys by David Shannon
My children get big belly laughs every time we read this one - and it makes
eliminating some of our household toys easier, too, because we quote the
book as we go along. Who could have thought a book about children giving away their toys could be so funny?
#1. Parts by Tedd Arnold
This book is brilliant. And makes me (and, oh yeah, my kids) laugh every. single. time. That is all.