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What’s so funny about the 2017 Special Issue?

from Raúl the Third’s original comic “The Adventures of Baby D”

It turns out: a lot!

In our May/June special issue on the subject of humor, Lisa Yee, Françoise Mouly, Eugene Yelchin, Philip Nel, Gail Carriger, Julia Marshall, and many more contributors cover what’s funny and what’s not (is poop funny? it depends — ha!), how to be funny, and how humor works as a narrative tool.

And since we could use a laugh right about now — even of the you-have-to-laugh-or-else-you’ll-cry variety — the issue also explores how humor can help us cope (and resist) in troubled times.

Throughout the issue, funny children’s book creators “honk the horn” for humor by sharing their favorite jokes and original comics. Look for those on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and our newly relaunched Instagram (yay!) in the coming weeks.

See the full table of contents here and browse the tag #HBHumor on social media.


Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.

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