If you prefer to chuckle in
couplets or snicker in stanzas,
we have some books for you.
BY JULIA SMITH
Whether spoken aloud or read to oneself, the non- sensical rhymes and wordplay of humorous poetry remain endlessly entertaining. Luckily, silly poems
abound for young readers. Building on our “Core Collection:
Laugh-along Poetry for the Young” (Booklist, June 2006),
here are more titles to add to your shelves. Most of these
titles were reviewed in Booklist between 2010 and 2016.
Bananas in My Ears: A Collection
of Nonsense Stories, Poems, Riddles,
and Rhymes. By Michael Rosen. Illus.
by Quentin Blake. 2012. Candlewick,
$15.99 (9780763662486). Gr. 1–3.
This collection of nonsense verse will
delight young children with its wordplay,
silly sounds, and wry ink-and-watercolor
illustrations that show uproarious sce-
narios of daily life.
Bigfoot Is Missing! By J. Patrick
Lewis and Kenn Nesbitt. Illus. by
MinaLima. 2015. Chronicle, $17.99
(9781452118956). K–Gr. 2.
Humorous dread suffuses this collection
of short poems celebrating cryptids of all
shapes and sizes, though mostly large. The
artwork incorporates the verses into comical, visually engaging tableaux with varied
fonts and fleeting glimpses of each creature.
A Boy Had a Mother Who Bought
Him a Hat. By Karla Kuskin. Illus. by
Kevin Hawkes. 2010. Harper, $16.99
(9780060753306). PreS–Gr. 1.
First published in 1976, this freshly il-
lustrated poetic romp tells the story of a
boy who receives increasingly silly gifts
from his mother. As the gifts accumu-
late, so will the giggles, making it nearly
impossible to make it through the cumu-
lative rhyme without cracking up.
Dear Wandering Wildebeest and
Other Poems from the Water Hole. By
Irene Latham. Illus. by Anna Wadham.
2014. Lerner/Millbrook, $17.95
(9781467712323). Gr. 2–5.
African animals gather at a watering
hole in this collection of pithy, informative poems that revel in wordplay. Large,
expressive illustrations complement the
text, making this ideal for both classroom
use and independent reading.
Forgive Me, I Meant to Do It: False
Apology Poems. By Gail Carson Levine.
Illus. by Matthew Cordell. 2012. Harper,
$15.99 (9780061787256). Gr. 2–5.
These wickedly funny false-apology poems, inspired by William Carlos Williams’
poem “This Is Just to Say,” include wry
takes on the Brothers Grimm, Mother