This post is based on the concept of "Recommend a..." from the Chick Loves Lit blog. This week's meme is "Recommend a...BOOK YOU THOUGHT WAS FUNNY."
I usually read serious books--post-apocalyptic sci-fi is a particular favorite--so books that I think are funny are few and far between. But these two still make me chuckle today...
"Funny book" Recommendation #1
Zombies Don't Cry by Rusty Fischer
Take one girl struck by lightning. Add two hunky zombies in blue tuxes. Mix in an insatiable hunger for fresh brains, an ill-fated school dance, and one wickedly awesome Google search. Voila! Zombies Don't Cry is born.
ZDC follows Maddie, an ordinary girl in like with the hot new football player who barely knows her name. Until one night when Maddie sneaks out to go to a party and gets struck by lightning. Hours later, Maddie wakes up face-down in a mud puddle and heads home, wet, filthy, and ready to forget about her disastrous evening. When she notices her lack of a heartbeat and the huge, smoking hole in her head, Maddie begins to suspect something has gone terribly wrong. Could she possibly be...a zombie?
This book totally cracked me up! Because it is a zombie book, it is quite disgusting, but ZDC is more a B-movie horror story than truly scary. It doesn't take itself too seriously, and readers need to read this as humor rather than a story of some teens who died, rose as zombies, and eat fresh brains. I've read a couple of reviews where, clearly, the reader just didn't get it. It is supposed to be funny. You really don't need to be sad that these teens died--that's not the point at all. One of the funniest books I've read in a very long time!
My review of ZDC
Review from All-Consuming Media
Review from Librarian Mouse
"Funny book" Recommendation #2
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney
I'm 100% certain I will not be the only one to recommend the DWK books for this week's "Recommend a book..." meme. To me, DWK is the very definition of humorous books for kids, teens, and even adults.
I read the first book in this series in the car on the way to staff development about 45-minutes away. I was driving, and my librarian BFF Jeanette read excerpts aloud from the passenger seat. We laughed so hard and so much that we both had to fix our mascara before we could go into the session.
There is so much to love in the DWK series, particularly for adult readers. Unlike younger readers, adults have "been there" and remember doing some of the things Greg Heffley does in the books. The corners Greg cuts to be lazy, the way older bother Rodrick torments him, the way Greg's parents unwittingly embarrass him--the funniest moments are that way because they are so very TRUE.
I read this series long before I was blogging, so I do not have a review for this one. I can tell you that if you are one of the few people on the planet who haven't read at least one DWK book, you are sorely missing out. This series was one of the first "chapter books" my seven-year old son picked up, and he has since devoured them all. We can't wait to see the movie Dog Days when it comes out in August!
Need more proof? Some links to other books in the DWK series:
Silent T's Book Blog (review of The Last Straw)
The Hungry Reader blog (review of Cabin Fever)
Dog Days movie trailer:
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