Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Yay For Middle Grade Books! Guest Post From Janet Sumner Johnson

Today on the blog I'm happy to present a guest post from Janet Sumner Johnson! Ms. Johnson is the author of the MG book, The Last Great Adventure of the PB&J Society.

Here's the guest post!

Humor is a staple in my life, which is quite possibly why I love Middle Grade books so much. Humor abounds! Even the most serious of MG books have laugh-out-loud moments.

Humor helps me get through the tough things life throws at us all. It helps me relax so I can get more done. It helps me be more forgiving, kinder, and frankly, a better person.

If you, like me, love to laugh, and could use a little humor in your life right now, I give you my list of Top Ten Books that Made Me Laugh Out Loud.

Top Ten Books that Made Me Laugh Out Loud

10. Joshua Dread by Lee Bacon

Supervillains and questionable super heroes? A kid who lives with zombies in the basement? Yes, please!

9. Bounders by Monica Tesler

Chute tubes and tofu string. That's all I'm going to say. You'll need to read it to appreciate just how funny this is.

8. The Last Boy at St. Edith by Lee Gjertsen Malone

The quest for honorable expulsion. Garden gnome heists and drive-by sticky noting. Yep. So many laughs!

7. Hook's Revenge by Heidi Schulz

Pirates grateful to be maimed or have a hand eaten off? This book had me grinning the whole way through.

6. Howard Wallace, P.I. by Casey Lyall

Bathrobe for a trench coat and a Juicy Smash gum addiction. This book is comic genius!

5. The BFF Bucket List by Dee Romito

Facing down the fear of cows. Oh yeah. That is totally a thing.

4. Millicent Min, Girl Genius by Lisa Yee

A booby-trapped salt shaker and a Polaroid camera conviction. Lisa Yee is a master of humor.

3. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library by Chris Grabenstein

Ten kids spending the night in a tricked out library? Yes, there is as much humor in this book as the premise promises.

2. Once Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris

Pmail (still cracks me up!) and the legal battle over who can act as tooth fairy. This one makes my heart happy.

1. The Hero's Guide to Saving Your Kingdom by Christopher Healy

The feared Bandit King who is maybe 10 years old. The debunking of the Prince Charming myth. The lousy bards who control everything. The Stumpy Boarhound and their awesomely vicious gangs. Pretty much every stinkin' word in this whole book with have you cracking up. So. Much. FUN.

Of course, this is just a small sampling of the humorous books you can find among middle grade novel. What are your humorous book recommendations? I'd love to add them to my TBR.

I love funny books and I love this guest post! And thank you so much to Ms. Johnson for participating in this event! :)

Author bioJanet Sumner Johnson is the author of the middle grade novel, THE LAST GREAT ADVENTURE OF THE PB&J SOCIETY. She bakes a mean cinnamon twist and eats way more cookies than are good for her, which explains her running habit. Though her full-time occupation as evil tyrant/benevolent dictator (aka mom) takes most of her time, she sneaks in writing at night when her inner funny bone is fully unleashed. She is represented by Lauren Galit at LKG agency.

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  1. Thanks so much for having me, Jessica! And I'm hoping for lots of suggestions to add to my TBR pile. :D

  2. I've read a few of these, and they are funny indeed! Now to add the rest to my TBR list!


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