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Horn Book Magazine — May/June 2017: Special Issue: Humor

Table of Contents


“Say Something Funny” by Lisa Yee
Musings of an accidental humorist.

“What’s So Funny About Comics?” by Françoise Mouly
The New Yorker art editor and TOON publisher argues that humor is fundamental to comics. 

“Laughter and Resistance” by Philip Nel
Humor as a weapon in the age of Trump.

“Mocking Moscow” by Eugene Yelchin
“Putin loves political jokes. He collects them. Along with those who tell them.”

“How to Be Funny” by Lisa Brown
A cartoonist looks to the classics.

“The Horn Book’s Funniest Writer” by Betsy Bird and Julie Danielson
Remembering Peter D. Sieruta.

“The Adventures of Baby D” by Raúl the Third
A not-so-heavy-handed cartoon.

“Fashion-Forward Vampires and the Power of Humor in Genre Fiction” by Gail Carriger
Hidden behind laughter is possibility. 

“A Quick Way to Die” by Julia Marshall
Humor in Translation.

“The Straight Poop on Potty Humor” by Elissa Gershowitz and Kitty Flynn
Everyone poops. Some people think that’s funny.


“The Little Old Lady from Boston Meets Captain Billy’s Whiz Bang” by Roger Sutton
Jokes can bring us together.

BGHB at 50
The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Tim Wynne-Jones
Chris Van Allsburg’s offbeat debut won the 1980 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Picture Book and influenced a future BGHB winner. This is the second column in an ongoing series.

From The Guide
Darkly Funny YA
A selection of reviews from The Horn Book Guide.

Honking the Horn
We asked some children’s book creators to tell us a joke. Their responses appear throughout the issue.


Book Reviews


On the Web

May/June Starred Books


“Honking the Horn” Contributor Notes and Index

Index to Advertisers

Index to Books Reviewed

Cover © 2017 by Jon Agee. Page 1 art © 2017 Raúl Gonzalez.









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