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Review of Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever.

Funny Girl: Funniest. Stories. Ever.
edited by Betsy Bird
Intermediate, Middle School    Viking    205 pp.    g
5/17    978-0-451-477-316    $16.99
e-book ed.  978-0-698-409-446    $10.99

Fuse #8 blogger Bird’s compilation includes twenty-eight entries from “laugh-out-loud funny” female children’s book creators, whom Bird argues are underrepresented in the publishing industry, plus a couple of comedy pros, including former Daily Show writer Delaney Yeager and standup comedian Akilah Hughes (also one guy: Matthew Holm, together with his sister Jennifer). A good mix of formats are represented: Rita Williams-Garcia and Michelle Garcia plus Shannon Hale are among those who contribute short stories; Raina Telgemeier, Cece Bell, Lisa Brown, and others offer comics. There are illustrated stories, epistolary tales, personal anecdotes, poems, a how-to, a quiz, and Mad Libs. Topics include family (“Dear Grandpa: Give Me Money” by Alison DeCamp), friendship (“One Hot Mess” by Carman Agra Deedy), puberty (Libba Bray’s “A Public Service Announcement About Your Period from Sarah T. Wrigley, Age 12 ¾”), and ethnicity and identity (“Brown Girl Pop Quiz: All of the Above” by Mitali Perkins). The types of humor, too, are varied, with some pieces more broad and slapstick-y and others evoking laughs while tugging at heartstrings.

From the May/June 2017 issue of The Horn Book Magazine.

Elissa Gershowitz About Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She holds an MA from the Center for the Study of Children's Literature at Simmons College and a BA from Oberlin College.

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