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It's Kind of a Funny Story

Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan s Executive Pre Professional High School the pressure becomes unbearable He stops eating and sleeping until one night he nearly kills himself br br Craig s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors and the self elected President Armelio There Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety br br Ned Vizzini who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness


Funny Girl

Set in s London i Funny Girl i is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ing nue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters br br Insightful and humorous Nick Hornby s i Funny Girl i does what he does best endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed and forces us to examine ourselves in the process


Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

In i LET S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED i Jenny Lawson baffled readers with stories about growing up the daughter of a taxidermist In her new book i FURIOUSLY HAPPY i Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness i A hysterical ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety i That sounds like a terrible idea And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best br br According to Jenny Some people might think that being furiously happy is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he s never particularly liked kangaroos And that would be ridiculous because i no one would invite b a herd b of kangaroos into their house i Two is the limit I speak from personal experience My husband says that i none i is the new limit I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos br br Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked up but you d never guess because we ve learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal Like John Hughes wrote in i The Breakfast Club i We re all pretty bizarre Some of us are just better at hiding it Except go back and cross out the word hiding br br Jenny s first book i LET S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED i was ostensibly about family but deep down it was about celebrating your own weirdness i FURIOUSLY HAPPY i is a book about mental illness but under the surface it s about embracing joy in fantastic and outrageous ways and who doesn t need a bit more of that


The Funny Thing Is...

An indispensable reference for anyone who knows how to read or wants to fool people into thinking they do i The Funny Thing Is i is sure to make you laugh br br Ellen DeGeneres published her first book of comic essays the bestselling i My Point And I Do Have One i way back in Not one to rest on her laurels the witty star of stage and screen has since dedicated her life to writing a hilarious new book That book is this book br br After years of painstaking round the clock research surviving on a mere twenty minutes of sleep a night and collaborating with lexicographers plumbers and mathematicians DeGeneres has crafted a work that is both easy to use and very funny Along with her trademark ramblings i The Funny Thing Is i contains hundreds of succinct insights into her psyche and offers innovative features including br br More than simple short words arranged in sentences that form paragraphs br Thousands of observations on everyday life from terrible fashion trends to how to handle seating arrangements for a Sunday brunch with Paula Abdul Diane Sawyer and Eminem br All twenty six letters of the alphabet


I Funny: A Middle School Story (I Funny, #1)

Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission he wants to become the world s greatest standup comedian even if he doesn t have a lot to laugh about these days He s new in town and stuck living with his aunt uncle and their evil son Stevie a bully who doesn t let Jamie s wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible But Jamie doesn t let his situation get him down When his Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called The Planet s Funniest Kid Comic Jamie knows he has to enter But are the judges only rewarding him out of pity because of his wheelchair like Stevie suggests Will Jamie ever share the secret of his troubled past instead of hiding behind his comedy act br br Following the bestselling success of the hilarious i Middle School The Worst Years of My Life i James Patterson continues to dish out the funnies in another highly illustrated heartfelt middle school story Includes more than black and white illustrations br br


I Even Funnier (I Funny, #2)

Middle schooler Jamie Grimm has big dreams of being the best stand up comic in the world and he won t let the fact that he s in a wheelchair get in his way br br After winning the New York state finals in the Planet s Funniest Kid Comic Contest Jamie s off to Boston to compete in the national semi finals But when one of his best buddies runs into trouble at school and a sudden family health scare rears its head Jamie has to put his comedic ambitions on hold and stand by the people he cares about br br Can Jamie pass up the big competition for the sake of his friends and family


Funny Boy

In the world of his large family affluent Tamils living in Colombo Arjie is an oddity a funny boy who prefers dressing as a girl to playing cricket with his brother In FUNNY BOY we follow the life of the family through Arjie s eyes as he comes to terms both with his own homo sexuality and with the racism of the society in which he lives In the north of Sri Lanka there is a war going on between the army and the Tamil Tigers and gradually it begins to encroach on the family s comfortable life Sporadic acts of violence flare into full scale riots and lead ultimately to tragedy Written in clear simple prose Syam Selvadurai s first novel is masterly in its mingling of the personal and political


Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America

In when she was seven Firoozeh Dumas and her family moved from Iran to Southern California arriving with no firsthand knowledge of this country beyond her father s glowing memories of his graduate school years here More family soon followed and the clan has been here ever since i Funny in Farsi i chronicles the American journey of Dumas s wonderfully engaging family her engineer father a sweetly quixotic dreamer who first sought riches on i Bowling for Dollars i and in Las Vegas and later lost his job during the Iranian revolution her elegant mother who never fully mastered English nor cared to her uncle who combated the effects of American fast food with an army of miraculous American weight loss gadgets and Firoozeh herself who as a girl changed her name to Julie and who encountered a second wave of culture shock when she met and married a Frenchman becoming part of a one couple melting pot


Funny Business

p It s here Volume One of the official Guys Read Library Jon Scieszka s Guys Read initiative was founded on a simple premise that young guys enjoy reading most when they have reading they can enjoy And out of this comes a series that aims to give them just that Ten books arranged by theme featuring the best of the best where writing for kids is concerned Each book is a collection of original short stories but these aren t your typical anthologies each book is edgy inventive visual and one of a kind featuring a different theme for guys to get excited about p p i Funny Business i is based around the theme of what else humor and if you re familiar with Jon and Guys Read you already know what you re in store for ten hilarious stories from some of the funniest writers around Before you re through you ll meet a teenage mummy a kid desperate to take a dip in the world s largest pool of chocolate milk a homicidal turkey parents who hand over their son s room to a biker the only kid in his middle school who hasn t turned into a vampire wizard or superhero and more And the contributor list includes bestselling authors award winners and fresh new talent alike Mac Barnett Eoin Colfer Christopher Paul Curtis Kate DiCamillo writing with Jon Scieszka Paul Feig Jack Gantos Jeff Kinney David Lubar Adam Rex and David Yoo p p Guys Read is all about turning young readers into lifelong ones and with this book and each subsequent installment in the series we aim to leave no guy unturned p p p


Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend

It s stupid to fall for your brother s ex It s even worse to enlist another s help to win the ex over But Brody is desperate and Hayley his partner in American Sign Language is more than willing to lend him a few tips br br She s the school s matchmaker and with her bizarre and positive personality Brody finds her easy to talk to even about the most awkward situations Hayley s tips seem to be working but as Brody learns more about his matchmaker he starts finding reasons to spend time with her and not the girl he thought he was in love with br br But Hayley isn t ready to fall for anyone Labeled the Funny Fat Friend within her group her self image makes it impossible for Brody to share his feelings without Hayley shrugging it off as a joke br br Convincing her Brody can and did fall for the Funny Fat Friend turns out to be harder than simply falling in love br br br b Written by Cassie Mae under the pen name Becca Ann b


The Talk-Funny Girl

In one of the poorest parts of rural New Hampshire teenage girls have been disappearing snatched from back country roads never to be seen alive again For seventeen year old Marjorie Richards the fear raised by these abductions is the backdrop to what she lives with in her own home every day Marjorie has been raised by parents so intentionally isolated from normal society that they have developed their own dialect a kind of mountain hybrid of English that displays both their ignorance of and disdain for the wider world Marjorie is tormented by her classmates who call her i The Talk funny girl i but as the nearby factory town sinks deeper into economic ruin and as her parents fall more completely under the influence of a sadistic cult leader her options for escape dwindle But then thanks to a loving aunt Marjorie is hired by a man himself a victim of abuse who is building what he calls a cathedral right in the center of town br br Day by day Marjorie s skills as a stoneworker increase and so too does her intolerance for the bitter rules of her family life Gradually through exposure to the world beyond her parents wood cabin thanks to the kindness of her aunt and her boss and an almost superhuman determination she discovers what is loveable within herself This newfound confidence and self esteem ultimately allows her to break free from the bleak life she has known to find love to start a family and to try to heal her old deep wounds without passing that pain on to her husband and children br br By turns darkly menacing and bright with love and resilience i The Talk Funny Girl i is the story of one young woman s remarkable courage a kind of road map for the healing of early abuse and a testament to the power of kindness and love


The Funny Little Woman

In this Caldecott Medal winning tale set in Old Japan a lively little woman who loves to laugh pursues her runaway dumpling and must outwit the wicked three eyed i oni i when she lands in their clutches br br The pictures are in perfect harmony with the humorous mood of the story It s all done with a commendable amount of taste imagination and style i School Library Journal i starred review br br A beautifully convincing tale i The New York Times Book Review i br br Using elements of traditional Japanese art the illustrator has made marvelously imaginative pictures i The Horn Book i br br Lent s pictures are a lively blend of finely detailed delicate drawings and rip roaring good humor i The Boston Globe i br br A good read aloud with lots of suspense i Learning i br br Awards br ALA Notable Children s Book br Child Study Association Book of the Year br i The Horn Book i Fanfare


Funny Once

Michael Chabon once said I scan the tables of contents of magazines looking for Antonya Nelson s name hoping that she has decided to bless us again And now she has blessed us again with a bounty of the stories for which she is so beloved Her stories are clear eyed hard edged beautifully formed In the title story Funny Once a couple held together by bad behavior fall into a lie with their more responsible friends In The Village a woman visits her father at a nursing home recalling his equanimity at her teenage misdeeds and gaining a new understanding of his own past indiscretions In another when a troubled girl in the neighborhood goes missing a mother worries increasingly about her teenage son s relationship with a bad news girlfriend In the novella Three Wishes siblings muddle through in the aftermath of their elder brother s too early departure from the world br br The landscape of this book is the wide open spaces of Kansas Texas New Mexico and Colorado Throughout there is the pervasive desire to drink to forget to have sex with the wrong people to hit the road and figure out later where to stop for the night These characters are aging regretting actions both taken and not inhabiting their extended adolescences as best they can And in i Funny Once i their flawed humanity is made beautiful perfectly observed by one of America s best short story writers


I Funny TV: A Middle School Story (I Funny, #4)

b Jamie Grimm has hit the big time in book four of the bestselling I Funny series b br br Jamie Grimm has finally accomplished his dream of proving himself the Planet s Funniest Kid Comic and the sky s the limit from there Enter a couple of TV executives with a huge plan for Jamie a new show about Jamie and his oddball friends But when Jamie struggles to learn the acting ropes will it be an early curtain call for the biggest show of the decade


Life is Funny

From the outside they re simply a group of urban teenagers But from the inside they re some of the most complex people you ll ever meet There s Eric fiercely protective of his brother Mickey but he has a secret that holds together his past and future Sonia struggling to live the life of a good Muslim girl in a foreign America Gingerbread and Keisha who fall in love despite themselves i Life Is Funny i strips away the defenses of one group of teenagers living today right now and shows their unbearably real lives br br First novelist Frank breaks new ground with a realistic lyrical novel about eleven teens in Brooklyn now Their talk is painful rough sexy funny fearful furious gentle Each chapter each vignette within a chapter builds to its own climax and the stories weave together to surprise you i Booklist i starred review br br An astounding first effort i Kirkus Reviews i pointer review


Mr. Funny

They re back Rediscover the zaniest characters you ve ever met in this best selling series which has sold millions worldwide Bright and charming with easily recognizable characters and a small take along format i Mr Men i and i Little Miss i books are easy enough for young readers witty enough for humor prone adults and highly collectible for one and all


Funny Cide

They had no business being there They were up against million dollar horses owned by patricians oilmen Arab sheiks and Hollywood producers They were ten regular guys and all they wanted was to win a race Instead they won the hearts of America br br In a three year old with the unlikely name of Funny Cide became the people s horse the unheralded New York bred gelding who in a time of war and economic jitters inspired a nation by knocking off the champions and their millionaire owners and sweeping to the brink of the Triple Crown br br Trained by a journeyman who d spent over years looking for the one ridden by a jockey fighting to come back after years of injuries and hard knocks and owned by a band of high school buddies from Sackets Harbor N Y Funny Cide became a hero and media sensation br br Now Sally Jenkins award winning co author of Lance Armstrong s bestseller i It s Not About the Bike i tells the inside story of the Funny Cide team s ups and downs against overwhelming odds illness and even scandal to capture the imagination of millions It s a new American classic for the underdog in all of us


Funny Misshapen Body

br i Funny Misshapen Body i is the story of Jeffrey Brown s evolution as a cartoonist from his youthful obsession with superhero comics to his disillusionment with fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago p Drawn with Brown s scratchy spare trademark style i Funny Misshapen Body i resonates with true to life observations on love fear and ambition Through his bare bones graphic style he reveals his most embarrassing personal moments in raw intimate detail including how he survived high school binge drinking mild drug experimentation doomed friendships and being diagnosed with Crohn s disease p p Ultimately coming to terms with his art and identity Brown describes the ups and downs of his adolescence with understated simplicity dark humor and charm br p


Someday This Will Be Funny

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Mr. Funny Pants

I was at my wit s end I d had enough of this job this life and my relationship had broken up i Should I eat chocolate i i or go to India or fall in love i Then I had a revelation i Why not do all three in that order i And so it was that I embarked on a journey that was segmented into three parts and was then made into a major motion picture Later I woke up on an airplane with a hole in my face and a really bad hangover I was ushered brusquely off the plane by my parents who took me to a rehab where I tested positive for coke classic coke special k the drug Special K the cereal mushrooms pepperoni and Restless Leg Syndrome It was there that I first began painting with my feet br br But rewind the year was I was just a young German soldier serving in the trenches while simultaneously trying to destroy an evil ring with some help from an elf a troll and a giant sorcerer all while cooking every recipe out of a Julia Child cookbook What I m trying to say is that there was a secret code hidden in a painting and I was looking for it with this girl who had a tattoo of a dragon Let me clarify it was the s and a bunch of us were migrating out of Oklahoma and I was this teenage wizard CIA operative okay And um then I floated off into the meta verse as a ball of invisible energy that had no outer edge br br Ugh okay None of this is true I m just kind of a normal guy from New Jersey who moved to New York got into comedy wrote this book about trying to write this book and then moved to Alaska became the mayor of a small town spent on underwear and now I m going to rule the world


What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

b Six time Emmy award winning funny man Tim Conway best known for his characters on i The Carol Burnett Show i offers a straight shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian b br br b Six time Emmy Award winning funnyman Tim Conway best known for his characters on i The Carol Burnett Show i offers a straight shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian b br br In television history few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway There s nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain and in his first ever memoir i What s So Funny i that s exactly what he does From his pranks in small Ohio classrooms to his perfor mances on national television and movies Tim has been cracking people up for more than seventy years Long regarded as one of the funniest come dians around Tim also boasts an inspiring rags to riches story br br i What s So Funny i captures Tim s journey from life as an only child raised by loving but outra geous parents in small town Ohio during the Great Depression to his tour of duty in the Army which would become training for his later role in i McHale s Navy i to his ascent as a national star and household name By tracing his early path this book reveals the origins of many of Tim s unforgettable characters from Mr Tudball and the Oldest Man to Mickey Hart to everyone s favorite Dorf br br i What s So Funny i shares the hilarious accounts of the glory days of i The Carol Burnett Show i and his famous partnerships with entertainment greats like Harvey Korman Don Knotts Dick Van Dyke Betty White Vicki Lawrence Bob Newhart and of course Carol Burnett As a bonus readers will enjoy never before shared stories of hilarious behind the scenes antics on i McHale s Navy i and i The Carol Burnett Show i


Cat Trivia: Funny Facts

What can be funnier than cats Cat trivia That s what Funny cartoons and fun trivia explore the cool world of cats


I Funny: School of Laughs

Teaching other kids how to be funny is the toughest gig that Jamie Grimm has ever had and with the highest stakes If he fails his school library will be shut down for good br br Even though he has a national contest trophy and a TV show under his belt Jamie Grimm isn t one to sit back and relax When his school has a major funding crisis Jamie hits on a bright idea to save the day a comedy class for the other students Little does he know that i making i jokes and i teaching i jokes are two very different things and he s only good at one of them br br With the fate of his school s library on his shoulders Jamie has to dig deep to see if he has what it takes to succeed at his most difficult challenge yet


Comedy Writing Secrets: The Best-Selling Book on How to Think Funny, Write Funny, Act Funny, And Get Paid For It

The Only Handbook for Humor Writers br br What is comedy Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke br Steve Martin br br Become the funniest person in the room With i Comedy Writing Secrets nd edition i you can master the fundamentals of humor writing and turn your comedic talent into a well paying pursuit br br For more than a decade i Comedy Writing Secrets i has been giving aspiring comedians a leg up on the competition In this expanded new edition Mel Helitzer named the funniest professor in the country by i Rolling Stone i magazine and funnyman Mark Shatz pack in even more insight and instruction including br Humor writing exercises to punch up your jokes br Extra information on writing for sitcoms and stand up br Comedic brainstorming techniques using associations and listings br Exclusive tips for writing humor for specific markets like editorials columns speeches advertising greeting cards t shirts and more br br Tap into your comedic genius with i Comedy Writing Secrets nd edition i and you ll always leave em laughing


I Funny: A Middle School Story FREE PREVIEW

Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission he wants to become the world s greatest standup comedian even if he doesn t have a lot to laugh about these days He s new in town and stuck living with his aunt uncle and their evil son Stevie a bully who doesn t let Jamie s wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible But Jamie doesn t let his situation get him down When his Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called The Planet s Funniest Kid Comic Jamie knows he has to enter But are the judges only rewarding him out of pity because of his wheelchair like Stevie suggests Will Jamie ever share the secret of his troubled past instead of hiding behind his comedy act lt br gt lt br gt Following the bestselling success of the hilarious lt i gt Middle School The Worst Years of My Life lt i gt James Patterson continues to dish out the funnies in another highly illustrated heartfelt middle school story Includes more than black and white illustrations lt br gt lt br gt


One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: Dr. Seuss's Book Of Funny Things

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is a children s book by Dr Seuss Theodor Seuss Geisel A simple rhyming book for learner readers it is a book with a freewheeling plot about a boy and a girl and the many amazing creatures they have for friends and pets One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish was part of the Beginner Book Video series which included Oh the Thinks You Can Think and The Foot Book


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future...: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned

Michael J Fox abandoned high school to pursue an acting career but went on to receive honorary degrees from several universities and garner the highest accolades for his acting as well as for his writing In his new book he inspires and motivates graduates to recognize opportunities maximize their abilities and roll with the punches all with his trademark optimism warmth and humor In em A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future em Michael draws on his own life experiences to make a case that real learning happens when life goes skidding sideways He writes of coming to Los Angeles from Canada at age eighteen and attempting to make his way as an actor Fox offers up a comically skewed take on how in his own way he fulfilled the requirements of a college syllabus He learned Economics as a starving artist an unexpected turn as a neophyte activist schooled him in Political Science and his approach to Comparative Literature involved stacking books up against their movie versions Replete with personal stories and hilarious anecdotes Michael J Fox s new book is the perfect gift for graduates


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

The book and lyrics of the first musical for which Sondheim composed the score as well Forum opened in and is Sondheim s longest running play Other plays for which he has written both the music and lyrics are A Little Night Music Into the Woods and Assassins


What's So Funny? (Dortmunder, #14)

In his classic caper novels Donald E Westlake turns the world of crime and criminals upside down The bad get better the good slide a bit and Lord help anyone caught between a thief named John Dortmunder and the current object of his intentions Now Westlake s seasoned but often scoreless crook must take on an impossible crime one he doesn t want and doesn t believe in But a little blackmail goes a long way in WHAT S SO FUNNY br br All it takes is a few underhanded moves by a tough ex cop named Eppick to pull Dortmunder into a game he never wanted to play With no choice he musters his always game gang and they set out on a perilous treasure hunt for a long lost gold and jewel studded chess set once intended as a birthday gift for the last Romanov czar which unfortunately reached Russia after that party was over br br From the moment Dortmunder reaches for his first pawn he faces insurmountable odds The purloined past of this precious set is destined to confound any strategy he finds on the board Success is not inevitable with John Dortmunder leading the attack but he s nothing if not persistent and some gambit or other might just stumble into a winning move


I Totally Funniest: A Middle School Story (I Funny, #3)

Jamie Grimm is back and better than ever in the third episode of James Patterson s bestselling I FUNNY series Finding himself one step closer to his dream of being the best kid comic in the world Jamie faces his biggest challenge yet br br br After scoring big on national TV in the semifinals contest everyone back home is jumping on the Jamie Grimm bandwagon and all the attention might be going to his head Not only are his friendships starting to suffer but the pressure of coming up with his best material i ever i for the ultimate standup act to snag the final win in Hollywood is pushing Jamie to the brink Suddenly life isn t looking very funny anymore Can Jamie take the grand prize without pushing away his fans friends and family


It's Kind of a Funny Story

Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life which means getting into the right high school to get into the right job But once Craig aces his way into Manhattan s Executive Pre Professional High School the pressure becomes unbearable He stops eating and sleeping until one night he nearly kills himself br br Craig s suicidal episode gets him checked into a mental hospital where his new neighbors include a transsexual sex addict a girl who has scarred her own face with scissors and the self elected President Armelio There Craig is finally able to confront the sources of his anxiety br br Ned Vizzini who himself spent time in a psychiatric hospital has created a remarkably moving tale about the sometimes unexpected road to happiness


Funny Girl

Set in s London i Funny Girl i is a lively account of the adventures of the intrepid young Sophie Straw as she navigates her transformation from provincial ing nue to television starlet amid a constellation of delightful characters br br Insightful and humorous Nick Hornby s i Funny Girl i does what he does best endears us to a cast of characters who are funny if flawed and forces us to examine ourselves in the process


Furiously Happy: A Funny Book About Horrible Things

In i LET S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED i Jenny Lawson baffled readers with stories about growing up the daughter of a taxidermist In her new book i FURIOUSLY HAPPY i Jenny explores her lifelong battle with mental illness i A hysterical ridiculous book about crippling depression and anxiety i That sounds like a terrible idea And terrible ideas are what Jenny does best br br According to Jenny Some people might think that being furiously happy is just an excuse to be stupid and irresponsible and invite a herd of kangaroos over to your house without telling your husband first because you suspect he would say no since he s never particularly liked kangaroos And that would be ridiculous because i no one would invite b a herd b of kangaroos into their house i Two is the limit I speak from personal experience My husband says that i none i is the new limit I say he should have been clearer about that before I rented all those kangaroos br br Most of my favorite people are dangerously fucked up but you d never guess because we ve learned to bare it so honestly that it becomes the new normal Like John Hughes wrote in i The Breakfast Club i We re all pretty bizarre Some of us are just better at hiding it Except go back and cross out the word hiding br br Jenny s first book i LET S PRETEND THIS NEVER HAPPENED i was ostensibly about family but deep down it was about celebrating your own weirdness i FURIOUSLY HAPPY i is a book about mental illness but under the surface it s about embracing joy in fantastic and outrageous ways and who doesn t need a bit more of that


The Funny Thing Is...

An indispensable reference for anyone who knows how to read or wants to fool people into thinking they do i The Funny Thing Is i is sure to make you laugh br br Ellen DeGeneres published her first book of comic essays the bestselling i My Point And I Do Have One i way back in Not one to rest on her laurels the witty star of stage and screen has since dedicated her life to writing a hilarious new book That book is this book br br After years of painstaking round the clock research surviving on a mere twenty minutes of sleep a night and collaborating with lexicographers plumbers and mathematicians DeGeneres has crafted a work that is both easy to use and very funny Along with her trademark ramblings i The Funny Thing Is i contains hundreds of succinct insights into her psyche and offers innovative features including br br More than simple short words arranged in sentences that form paragraphs br Thousands of observations on everyday life from terrible fashion trends to how to handle seating arrangements for a Sunday brunch with Paula Abdul Diane Sawyer and Eminem br All twenty six letters of the alphabet


I Funny: A Middle School Story (I Funny, #1)

Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission he wants to become the world s greatest standup comedian even if he doesn t have a lot to laugh about these days He s new in town and stuck living with his aunt uncle and their evil son Stevie a bully who doesn t let Jamie s wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible But Jamie doesn t let his situation get him down When his Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called The Planet s Funniest Kid Comic Jamie knows he has to enter But are the judges only rewarding him out of pity because of his wheelchair like Stevie suggests Will Jamie ever share the secret of his troubled past instead of hiding behind his comedy act br br Following the bestselling success of the hilarious i Middle School The Worst Years of My Life i James Patterson continues to dish out the funnies in another highly illustrated heartfelt middle school story Includes more than black and white illustrations br br


I Even Funnier (I Funny, #2)

Middle schooler Jamie Grimm has big dreams of being the best stand up comic in the world and he won t let the fact that he s in a wheelchair get in his way br br After winning the New York state finals in the Planet s Funniest Kid Comic Contest Jamie s off to Boston to compete in the national semi finals But when one of his best buddies runs into trouble at school and a sudden family health scare rears its head Jamie has to put his comedic ambitions on hold and stand by the people he cares about br br Can Jamie pass up the big competition for the sake of his friends and family


Funny Boy

In the world of his large family affluent Tamils living in Colombo Arjie is an oddity a funny boy who prefers dressing as a girl to playing cricket with his brother In FUNNY BOY we follow the life of the family through Arjie s eyes as he comes to terms both with his own homo sexuality and with the racism of the society in which he lives In the north of Sri Lanka there is a war going on between the army and the Tamil Tigers and gradually it begins to encroach on the family s comfortable life Sporadic acts of violence flare into full scale riots and lead ultimately to tragedy Written in clear simple prose Syam Selvadurai s first novel is masterly in its mingling of the personal and political


Funny in Farsi: A Memoir of Growing Up Iranian in America

In when she was seven Firoozeh Dumas and her family moved from Iran to Southern California arriving with no firsthand knowledge of this country beyond her father s glowing memories of his graduate school years here More family soon followed and the clan has been here ever since i Funny in Farsi i chronicles the American journey of Dumas s wonderfully engaging family her engineer father a sweetly quixotic dreamer who first sought riches on i Bowling for Dollars i and in Las Vegas and later lost his job during the Iranian revolution her elegant mother who never fully mastered English nor cared to her uncle who combated the effects of American fast food with an army of miraculous American weight loss gadgets and Firoozeh herself who as a girl changed her name to Julie and who encountered a second wave of culture shock when she met and married a Frenchman becoming part of a one couple melting pot


Funny Business

p It s here Volume One of the official Guys Read Library Jon Scieszka s Guys Read initiative was founded on a simple premise that young guys enjoy reading most when they have reading they can enjoy And out of this comes a series that aims to give them just that Ten books arranged by theme featuring the best of the best where writing for kids is concerned Each book is a collection of original short stories but these aren t your typical anthologies each book is edgy inventive visual and one of a kind featuring a different theme for guys to get excited about p p i Funny Business i is based around the theme of what else humor and if you re familiar with Jon and Guys Read you already know what you re in store for ten hilarious stories from some of the funniest writers around Before you re through you ll meet a teenage mummy a kid desperate to take a dip in the world s largest pool of chocolate milk a homicidal turkey parents who hand over their son s room to a biker the only kid in his middle school who hasn t turned into a vampire wizard or superhero and more And the contributor list includes bestselling authors award winners and fresh new talent alike Mac Barnett Eoin Colfer Christopher Paul Curtis Kate DiCamillo writing with Jon Scieszka Paul Feig Jack Gantos Jeff Kinney David Lubar Adam Rex and David Yoo p p Guys Read is all about turning young readers into lifelong ones and with this book and each subsequent installment in the series we aim to leave no guy unturned p p p


Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend

It s stupid to fall for your brother s ex It s even worse to enlist another s help to win the ex over But Brody is desperate and Hayley his partner in American Sign Language is more than willing to lend him a few tips br br She s the school s matchmaker and with her bizarre and positive personality Brody finds her easy to talk to even about the most awkward situations Hayley s tips seem to be working but as Brody learns more about his matchmaker he starts finding reasons to spend time with her and not the girl he thought he was in love with br br But Hayley isn t ready to fall for anyone Labeled the Funny Fat Friend within her group her self image makes it impossible for Brody to share his feelings without Hayley shrugging it off as a joke br br Convincing her Brody can and did fall for the Funny Fat Friend turns out to be harder than simply falling in love br br br b Written by Cassie Mae under the pen name Becca Ann b


The Talk-Funny Girl

In one of the poorest parts of rural New Hampshire teenage girls have been disappearing snatched from back country roads never to be seen alive again For seventeen year old Marjorie Richards the fear raised by these abductions is the backdrop to what she lives with in her own home every day Marjorie has been raised by parents so intentionally isolated from normal society that they have developed their own dialect a kind of mountain hybrid of English that displays both their ignorance of and disdain for the wider world Marjorie is tormented by her classmates who call her i The Talk funny girl i but as the nearby factory town sinks deeper into economic ruin and as her parents fall more completely under the influence of a sadistic cult leader her options for escape dwindle But then thanks to a loving aunt Marjorie is hired by a man himself a victim of abuse who is building what he calls a cathedral right in the center of town br br Day by day Marjorie s skills as a stoneworker increase and so too does her intolerance for the bitter rules of her family life Gradually through exposure to the world beyond her parents wood cabin thanks to the kindness of her aunt and her boss and an almost superhuman determination she discovers what is loveable within herself This newfound confidence and self esteem ultimately allows her to break free from the bleak life she has known to find love to start a family and to try to heal her old deep wounds without passing that pain on to her husband and children br br By turns darkly menacing and bright with love and resilience i The Talk Funny Girl i is the story of one young woman s remarkable courage a kind of road map for the healing of early abuse and a testament to the power of kindness and love


The Funny Little Woman

In this Caldecott Medal winning tale set in Old Japan a lively little woman who loves to laugh pursues her runaway dumpling and must outwit the wicked three eyed i oni i when she lands in their clutches br br The pictures are in perfect harmony with the humorous mood of the story It s all done with a commendable amount of taste imagination and style i School Library Journal i starred review br br A beautifully convincing tale i The New York Times Book Review i br br Using elements of traditional Japanese art the illustrator has made marvelously imaginative pictures i The Horn Book i br br Lent s pictures are a lively blend of finely detailed delicate drawings and rip roaring good humor i The Boston Globe i br br A good read aloud with lots of suspense i Learning i br br Awards br ALA Notable Children s Book br Child Study Association Book of the Year br i The Horn Book i Fanfare


Funny Once

Michael Chabon once said I scan the tables of contents of magazines looking for Antonya Nelson s name hoping that she has decided to bless us again And now she has blessed us again with a bounty of the stories for which she is so beloved Her stories are clear eyed hard edged beautifully formed In the title story Funny Once a couple held together by bad behavior fall into a lie with their more responsible friends In The Village a woman visits her father at a nursing home recalling his equanimity at her teenage misdeeds and gaining a new understanding of his own past indiscretions In another when a troubled girl in the neighborhood goes missing a mother worries increasingly about her teenage son s relationship with a bad news girlfriend In the novella Three Wishes siblings muddle through in the aftermath of their elder brother s too early departure from the world br br The landscape of this book is the wide open spaces of Kansas Texas New Mexico and Colorado Throughout there is the pervasive desire to drink to forget to have sex with the wrong people to hit the road and figure out later where to stop for the night These characters are aging regretting actions both taken and not inhabiting their extended adolescences as best they can And in i Funny Once i their flawed humanity is made beautiful perfectly observed by one of America s best short story writers


I Funny TV: A Middle School Story (I Funny, #4)

b Jamie Grimm has hit the big time in book four of the bestselling I Funny series b br br Jamie Grimm has finally accomplished his dream of proving himself the Planet s Funniest Kid Comic and the sky s the limit from there Enter a couple of TV executives with a huge plan for Jamie a new show about Jamie and his oddball friends But when Jamie struggles to learn the acting ropes will it be an early curtain call for the biggest show of the decade


Life is Funny

From the outside they re simply a group of urban teenagers But from the inside they re some of the most complex people you ll ever meet There s Eric fiercely protective of his brother Mickey but he has a secret that holds together his past and future Sonia struggling to live the life of a good Muslim girl in a foreign America Gingerbread and Keisha who fall in love despite themselves i Life Is Funny i strips away the defenses of one group of teenagers living today right now and shows their unbearably real lives br br First novelist Frank breaks new ground with a realistic lyrical novel about eleven teens in Brooklyn now Their talk is painful rough sexy funny fearful furious gentle Each chapter each vignette within a chapter builds to its own climax and the stories weave together to surprise you i Booklist i starred review br br An astounding first effort i Kirkus Reviews i pointer review


Mr. Funny

They re back Rediscover the zaniest characters you ve ever met in this best selling series which has sold millions worldwide Bright and charming with easily recognizable characters and a small take along format i Mr Men i and i Little Miss i books are easy enough for young readers witty enough for humor prone adults and highly collectible for one and all


Funny Cide

They had no business being there They were up against million dollar horses owned by patricians oilmen Arab sheiks and Hollywood producers They were ten regular guys and all they wanted was to win a race Instead they won the hearts of America br br In a three year old with the unlikely name of Funny Cide became the people s horse the unheralded New York bred gelding who in a time of war and economic jitters inspired a nation by knocking off the champions and their millionaire owners and sweeping to the brink of the Triple Crown br br Trained by a journeyman who d spent over years looking for the one ridden by a jockey fighting to come back after years of injuries and hard knocks and owned by a band of high school buddies from Sackets Harbor N Y Funny Cide became a hero and media sensation br br Now Sally Jenkins award winning co author of Lance Armstrong s bestseller i It s Not About the Bike i tells the inside story of the Funny Cide team s ups and downs against overwhelming odds illness and even scandal to capture the imagination of millions It s a new American classic for the underdog in all of us


Funny Misshapen Body

br i Funny Misshapen Body i is the story of Jeffrey Brown s evolution as a cartoonist from his youthful obsession with superhero comics to his disillusionment with fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago p Drawn with Brown s scratchy spare trademark style i Funny Misshapen Body i resonates with true to life observations on love fear and ambition Through his bare bones graphic style he reveals his most embarrassing personal moments in raw intimate detail including how he survived high school binge drinking mild drug experimentation doomed friendships and being diagnosed with Crohn s disease p p Ultimately coming to terms with his art and identity Brown describes the ups and downs of his adolescence with understated simplicity dark humor and charm br p


Someday This Will Be Funny

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Mr. Funny Pants

I was at my wit s end I d had enough of this job this life and my relationship had broken up i Should I eat chocolate i i or go to India or fall in love i Then I had a revelation i Why not do all three in that order i And so it was that I embarked on a journey that was segmented into three parts and was then made into a major motion picture Later I woke up on an airplane with a hole in my face and a really bad hangover I was ushered brusquely off the plane by my parents who took me to a rehab where I tested positive for coke classic coke special k the drug Special K the cereal mushrooms pepperoni and Restless Leg Syndrome It was there that I first began painting with my feet br br But rewind the year was I was just a young German soldier serving in the trenches while simultaneously trying to destroy an evil ring with some help from an elf a troll and a giant sorcerer all while cooking every recipe out of a Julia Child cookbook What I m trying to say is that there was a secret code hidden in a painting and I was looking for it with this girl who had a tattoo of a dragon Let me clarify it was the s and a bunch of us were migrating out of Oklahoma and I was this teenage wizard CIA operative okay And um then I floated off into the meta verse as a ball of invisible energy that had no outer edge br br Ugh okay None of this is true I m just kind of a normal guy from New Jersey who moved to New York got into comedy wrote this book about trying to write this book and then moved to Alaska became the mayor of a small town spent on underwear and now I m going to rule the world


What's So Funny?: My Hilarious Life

b Six time Emmy award winning funny man Tim Conway best known for his characters on i The Carol Burnett Show i offers a straight shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian b br br b Six time Emmy Award winning funnyman Tim Conway best known for his characters on i The Carol Burnett Show i offers a straight shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian b br br In television history few entertainers have captured as many hearts and made as many people laugh as Tim Conway There s nothing in the world that Tim Conway would rather do than entertain and in his first ever memoir i What s So Funny i that s exactly what he does From his pranks in small Ohio classrooms to his perfor mances on national television and movies Tim has been cracking people up for more than seventy years Long regarded as one of the funniest come dians around Tim also boasts an inspiring rags to riches story br br i What s So Funny i captures Tim s journey from life as an only child raised by loving but outra geous parents in small town Ohio during the Great Depression to his tour of duty in the Army which would become training for his later role in i McHale s Navy i to his ascent as a national star and household name By tracing his early path this book reveals the origins of many of Tim s unforgettable characters from Mr Tudball and the Oldest Man to Mickey Hart to everyone s favorite Dorf br br i What s So Funny i shares the hilarious accounts of the glory days of i The Carol Burnett Show i and his famous partnerships with entertainment greats like Harvey Korman Don Knotts Dick Van Dyke Betty White Vicki Lawrence Bob Newhart and of course Carol Burnett As a bonus readers will enjoy never before shared stories of hilarious behind the scenes antics on i McHale s Navy i and i The Carol Burnett Show i


Cat Trivia: Funny Facts

What can be funnier than cats Cat trivia That s what Funny cartoons and fun trivia explore the cool world of cats


I Funny: School of Laughs

Teaching other kids how to be funny is the toughest gig that Jamie Grimm has ever had and with the highest stakes If he fails his school library will be shut down for good br br Even though he has a national contest trophy and a TV show under his belt Jamie Grimm isn t one to sit back and relax When his school has a major funding crisis Jamie hits on a bright idea to save the day a comedy class for the other students Little does he know that i making i jokes and i teaching i jokes are two very different things and he s only good at one of them br br With the fate of his school s library on his shoulders Jamie has to dig deep to see if he has what it takes to succeed at his most difficult challenge yet


Comedy Writing Secrets: The Best-Selling Book on How to Think Funny, Write Funny, Act Funny, And Get Paid For It

The Only Handbook for Humor Writers br br What is comedy Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke br Steve Martin br br Become the funniest person in the room With i Comedy Writing Secrets nd edition i you can master the fundamentals of humor writing and turn your comedic talent into a well paying pursuit br br For more than a decade i Comedy Writing Secrets i has been giving aspiring comedians a leg up on the competition In this expanded new edition Mel Helitzer named the funniest professor in the country by i Rolling Stone i magazine and funnyman Mark Shatz pack in even more insight and instruction including br Humor writing exercises to punch up your jokes br Extra information on writing for sitcoms and stand up br Comedic brainstorming techniques using associations and listings br Exclusive tips for writing humor for specific markets like editorials columns speeches advertising greeting cards t shirts and more br br Tap into your comedic genius with i Comedy Writing Secrets nd edition i and you ll always leave em laughing


I Funny: A Middle School Story FREE PREVIEW

Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission he wants to become the world s greatest standup comedian even if he doesn t have a lot to laugh about these days He s new in town and stuck living with his aunt uncle and their evil son Stevie a bully who doesn t let Jamie s wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible But Jamie doesn t let his situation get him down When his Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called The Planet s Funniest Kid Comic Jamie knows he has to enter But are the judges only rewarding him out of pity because of his wheelchair like Stevie suggests Will Jamie ever share the secret of his troubled past instead of hiding behind his comedy act lt br gt lt br gt Following the bestselling success of the hilarious lt i gt Middle School The Worst Years of My Life lt i gt James Patterson continues to dish out the funnies in another highly illustrated heartfelt middle school story Includes more than black and white illustrations lt br gt lt br gt


One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish: Dr. Seuss's Book Of Funny Things

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish is a children s book by Dr Seuss Theodor Seuss Geisel A simple rhyming book for learner readers it is a book with a freewheeling plot about a boy and a girl and the many amazing creatures they have for friends and pets One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish was part of the Beginner Book Video series which included Oh the Thinks You Can Think and The Foot Book


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future...: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned

Michael J Fox abandoned high school to pursue an acting career but went on to receive honorary degrees from several universities and garner the highest accolades for his acting as well as for his writing In his new book he inspires and motivates graduates to recognize opportunities maximize their abilities and roll with the punches all with his trademark optimism warmth and humor In em A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future em Michael draws on his own life experiences to make a case that real learning happens when life goes skidding sideways He writes of coming to Los Angeles from Canada at age eighteen and attempting to make his way as an actor Fox offers up a comically skewed take on how in his own way he fulfilled the requirements of a college syllabus He learned Economics as a starving artist an unexpected turn as a neophyte activist schooled him in Political Science and his approach to Comparative Literature involved stacking books up against their movie versions Replete with personal stories and hilarious anecdotes Michael J Fox s new book is the perfect gift for graduates


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

The book and lyrics of the first musical for which Sondheim composed the score as well Forum opened in and is Sondheim s longest running play Other plays for which he has written both the music and lyrics are A Little Night Music Into the Woods and Assassins


What's So Funny? (Dortmunder, #14)

In his classic caper novels Donald E Westlake turns the world of crime and criminals upside down The bad get better the good slide a bit and Lord help anyone caught between a thief named John Dortmunder and the current object of his intentions Now Westlake s seasoned but often scoreless crook must take on an impossible crime one he doesn t want and doesn t believe in But a little blackmail goes a long way in WHAT S SO FUNNY br br All it takes is a few underhanded moves by a tough ex cop named Eppick to pull Dortmunder into a game he never wanted to play With no choice he musters his always game gang and they set out on a perilous treasure hunt for a long lost gold and jewel studded chess set once intended as a birthday gift for the last Romanov czar which unfortunately reached Russia after that party was over br br From the moment Dortmunder reaches for his first pawn he faces insurmountable odds The purloined past of this precious set is destined to confound any strategy he finds on the board Success is not inevitable with John Dortmunder leading the attack but he s nothing if not persistent and some gambit or other might just stumble into a winning move


I Totally Funniest: A Middle School Story (I Funny, #3)

Jamie Grimm is back and better than ever in the third episode of James Patterson s bestselling I FUNNY series Finding himself one step closer to his dream of being the best kid comic in the world Jamie faces his biggest challenge yet br br br After scoring big on national TV in the semifinals contest everyone back home is jumping on the Jamie Grimm bandwagon and all the attention might be going to his head Not only are his friendships starting to suffer but the pressure of coming up with his best material i ever i for the ultimate standup act to snag the final win in Hollywood is pushing Jamie to the brink Suddenly life isn t looking very funny anymore Can Jamie take the grand prize without pushing away his fans friends and family