“Help! I need some ideas for books for an 8 year old boy. We are having a tough time finding something to capture his interest. Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Pseudonymous Bosch are the only one’s that have captured him.”
This could be a young boy who is a reluctant reader or maybe he’s just particular. (Here is where I laugh maniacally and rub my hands together with glee.) Just my kind of challenge!!
My friend and an Imagination Soup reader wrote this to me last week. I wrote back to ask more about what books he’s tried. She said, “He doesn’t like: Charlie Bone, Magic Tree House, Magic Thief, Margaret Peterson Haddix. He really likes humor. Ugly Guide to the Universe is his favorite. He likes non-fiction but I want him to experience the joy of losing himself in a fiction book.”
Here are my favorite funny books for eight-year olds. Readers, any suggestions to add to the list?
Funny Books for Eight-Year-Old Boy
Spaceheadz by Jon Scieszka
Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
The Author of The Misadventures of Inspector Moustachio by Wayne Madsen
Dragonbreath by Ursula Vernon (graphic novel)
A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup
Sweet Farts by Raymond Bean (haven’t read this one)
How to Eat Fried Worms by Thomas Rockwell
Frindle & The Landry News by Andrew Clements
Lunch Lady by Jarrett Krosoczka (graphic novel)
Magic Pickle by Scott Morse (graphic novel) (personally found this to be side-splittingly funny!)
Shredderman by Wendelin Van Draanen
Raymond and Graham by Mike Knudson
Freckle Juice by Judy Blume
Big Nate by Lincoln Peirce
Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
Encyclopedia of Immaturity by the editors of Klutz
Got Cake? Rotten School #13 by R.L. Stein
My Weird School by Dan Gutman
Vordak the Incomprehensible: How to Grow Up and Rule the World by Vordak T. Incomprehensible
EllRay Jakes Is Not a Chicken by Sally Warner
How to Train Your Dragon by Cornelia Funke
The Enormous Egg by Oliver Butterworth
The Seven Wonders of Sassafras Springs by Betty Birney
The BFG by Roald Dahl
A Year Down Yonder by Richard Peck
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