Favorite Laugh-Out-Loud Series
Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger
Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren’t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust, and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight’s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless.
Nikki and Deja by Karen English
Meet Nikki and Deja, who live next door to each other and are best friends. They do everything together watch Saturday morning cartoons, play jacks, jump double Dutch at recess, and help each other with their homework for Mrs. Shelby’s third-grade class. These books bring out the humor in realistic situations.
13-story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths
This treehouse has thirteen stories, a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a secret underground laboratory, and marshmallow machine that follows you around and automatically shoots marshamallows into your mouth whenever you are hungry. Life would be perfect for Andy and Terry if it wasn’t for the fact that they have to write their next book, which is almost impossible because there are just so many distractions, including thirteen flying cats, giant bananas, mermaids, enormous gorillas, and dangerous burp gas-bubblegum bubbles.
Dory Fantasmagory by Abby Hanlon
As the youngest member of her family, Dory is often left to her own devices—including her wild imagination, untiring energy, and a whole host of imaginary friends. With plenty of pictures bursting with charm and character, this hilarious series about an irresistible rascal is the new must-read for the chapter book set.
Alvin Ho by Lenore Look
Alvin Ho is a second grader who’s afraid of everything, especially school. He’s so afraid of school that, while he’s there, he never, ever, says a word. But at home he’s a very loud superhero named Firecracker Man, a brother to Calvin and Anibelly, and a gentleman-in-training, so he can be just like his dad. These stories feature funny realistic stories and characters.
My Big Fat Zombie Goldfish by Mo O’Hara
When Tom’s big brother decides to become an Evil Scientist, his first experiment involves dunking Frankie the goldfish into toxic green gunk. Tom knows that there is only one thing to do: Zap the fish with a battery and bring him back to life! But there’s something weird about the new Frankie. He’s now a Big Fat Zombie Goldfish with hypnotic powers, who has appointed himself Tom’s bodyguard, and together, with a little help from their friends, they thwart Mark’s Evil Scientist plans.