Humor for Grades 2-5

Laugh out loud with these funny books! They can be found in the Children's (J) Fiction section. Click here for a print-friendly version of this list.

Author Title Call Number
AtwaterMr. Popper's Penguins
The unexpected delivery of a penguin changes Mr. Popper's fortunes. (138 pp.)
J Atwater
BarnettThe Terrible Two
Two master pranksters join forces to pull off the biggest prank ever seen. (214 pp.)
J Barnett
ClaryThe Bolds
Two hyenas move to the suburbs, where they raise their children to hide their tails and act human--the only trouble is their nosy old neighbor. (266 pp.)
J Clary
ClearyRamona and Her Father
The family routine is upset during Ramona's year in second grade when her father unexpectedly loses his job. (165 pp.)
J Cleary
CurtisThe Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963
Family life changes for the Watsons when they drive from Michigan to Alabama in the summer of 1963. (210 pp.)
J Curtis
DahlThe BFG
After Sophie is kidsnatched by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant), the two plan to save the world from man-gobbling cannybull giants. (219 pp.)
J Dahl
GaimanFortunately, the Milk
While picking up milk for his children, a father is abducted by aliens and finds himself on an adventure through time and space. (101 pp.)
J Gaiman
GilsonThirteen Ways to Sink a Sub
The boys and girls in the fourth grade devise a contest to "sink" their substitute teacher by making her cry. (102 pp.)
J Gilson
GriffithsThe 13-Story Treehouse
Who wouldn't want to live in a 13-story treehouse that has a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, and more outrageousness? (239 pp.)
J Griffiths
HanlonDory Fantasmagory
Dory plays with her imaginary friend, pretends to be a dog, fights monsters, and generally drives her family nuts. (151 pp.)
J Hanlon
HealyThe Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom
Three former princes who have been rejected by their princesses meet trolls, witches, and dragons on their quest to become heroes. (438 pp.)
J Healy
HolubAthena the Brain
Athena learns that she is a goddess when she is summoned to Mount Olympus by her father, Zeus. (160 pp.)
J paperback HO
IgnatowThe Popularity Papers
Two friends study the popular girls at their elementary school so that when they get to middle school they will be in the right crowd. (204 pp.)
J Ignatow
King-SmithHarry's Mad
Harry's legacy from his great-uncle, a talking parrot, proves to be a much more exciting gift than he ever imagined. (123 pp.)
J King-Smith
LaReauThe Infamous Ratsos
Two rat brothers try to prove they can be rough and tough, but they end up accidentally doing good deeds instead. (55 pp.)
J LaReau
LookAlvin Ho: Allergic to Girls, School, and Other Scary Things
A boy who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors wants to make friends. Can he overcome his fear of everything? (172 pp.)
J Look
MontijoGumazing Gum Girl! Chews Your Destiny
When Mom issues a no-gum rule, Gabby sneaks a piece of special bubble gum that turns her into a superhero. (128 pp.)
J Montijo
PastisTimmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made
Meet Timmy Failure, the founder, president, and CEO of the best detective agency in town, probably the nation--and his lazy polar bear sidekick. (294 pp.)
J Pastis
PeckA Long Way from Chicago
A boy recounts his trips to rural Illinois with his sister during the Great Depression to visit their larger-than-life grandmother. (148 pp.)
J Peck
Clementine gains several unique hairstyles and makes a few trips to the principal's office while having a difficult, but funny, week. (133 pp.)
J Pennypacker
PinkwaterThe Hoboken Chicken Emergency
Arthur goes to pick up the turkey for Thanksgiving dinner but comes back with a 260-pound chicken. (83 pp.)
J Pinkwater
RexThe True Meaning of Smekday
After her mother is abducted by aliens, Tip meets an alien mechanic who agrees to help her and save the planet. (423 pp.)
J Rex
RodkeyThe Tapper Twins Go to War (With Each Other)
Two twins couldn't be more different ... except in their determination to come out on top in a vicious prank war! (219 pp.)
J Rodkey
ScieszkaFrank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor
Child genius Frank Einstein tries to invent a robot that can learn on its own, but things go very, very wrong. (179 pp.)
J Scieszka
VernonHamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible
After two years of slaying ogres and cliff-diving, home life goes awry for Princess Harriet and she must seek a prince to set things right. (242 pp.)
J Vernon
YeeBobby Vs. Girls (Accidentally)
When Bobby gets into a fight with his best friend Holly, their disagreement develops into a boys versus girls war. (170 pp.)
J Yee
ZieglerRevenge of the Flower Girls
Triplets Dawn, Darby, and Delaney struggle with their dislike for their big sister's fiance and plot to stop the wedding. (229 pp.)
J Ziegler

Last Updated: 12/16


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