This Book Wants to Make You Laugh

Living Book 2

Children - Picture Book
36 Pages
Reviewed on 05/08/2020
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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite

This Book Wants to Make You Laugh, written by Justine Avery and illustrated by Daria Yudina, is a children's picture book for ages 2-8 that is determined to put a smile on your face and a giggle in your day, and it succeeds quite well. The text is sparse but inviting, creating anticipation and following through with a well-earned payoff in the jokes. The illustrations are cute and funny, and relative to the text. This little book would be great for a bedtime story or just a fun, quick read during the day. There are a couple of unexpectedly touching and insightful phrases showing that Avery puts her young audience before the act of simply blurting out a story children might like.

At first, I wasn't sure where the book was going, and it does take a few pages to catch the rhythm of Avery's writing and pair it with the pictures. But then, ah ha! You get the jokes and the pictures, and it does put a smile on your face. In today's world, what child, or adult for that matter, couldn't use a smile or laugh? Children will love this book because of the silliness and surprises that lie after turning the pages. Parents will like it because it's just plain fun; something to stir the imagination and tickle the funny bone. It's clear by Avery's writing that she has a heart for children and knows they love surprises. It's also clear that Yudina's whimsical, charming illustrations are the icing on the cupcakes. This Book Wants to Make You Laugh by Justine Avery is the perfect blend of kindness and humor--just right for little ones.

Jack Magnus

This Book Wants to Make You Laugh: Living, Book 2 is a children’s educational picture book written by Justine Avery and illustrated by Daria Yudina. It’s just a little book, but it has a single great wish -- to make anyone lucky enough to open it laugh. Maybe a joke will make a young reader laugh or maybe an image of something really silly, like a pink piglet happily lounging in a bath filled with bubbles or a turtle smirking as it rides past on a skateboard. Know any good or funny jokes? This book would gladly print them up in spaces provided just for them. Making people laugh and smile is this little book’s fondest wish and dream. So, take a look at all the funny and silly images that grace each page -- do they make you laugh?

Justine Avery’s This Book Wants to Make You Laugh explores humor on a child’s level through the antics and expressed dreams of the book narrating the story. Each page is brimful of silly stuff that is perfect for getting kids into silly -- and happy -- moods, no matter how preoccupied or stressed out they may be. Discussing why each picture makes young readers smile or laugh is a great addition to traditional story hour activities, giving the session more of an interactive feel. Daria Yudina’s drolly whimsical images work perfectly with the mood of the book and shine throughout the story. This Book Wants to Make You Laugh: Living, Book 2 is highly recommended.

Rabia Tanveer

This Book Wants to Make You Laugh is the second book in the Living Book series by Justine Avery. This is a happy book with a dream. It wants to make you happy and smiling. This book knows it is not the best in the world, but that does not stop it from trying its hardest. So it will crack jokes, share funny little things to make you smile and be happy. Oh, and it also has a secret. This foolproof plan guarantees success and all this book wants is for you to take a chance on it. Will you do it? Will you let this book share its secret with you?

Short and sweet, This Book Wants to Make You Laugh is a wonderful book that will make you smile and have a great time. Perfect for toddlers and pre-tweens, this book offers simple sentences and beautiful pictures that children will enjoy. The rhythmic flow of the sentences makes them enjoyable for the parents as well. I can imagine fathers and mothers changing their voices to match the flow of sentences on each page to entertain their child. The illustrations are exceptional. While Justine Avery wrote these simple yet entertaining lines, illustrator Daria Yudina drew some incredible pictures that brought the whole book alive. I am pretty sure children will laugh out loud when they see a sheep trying to straighten its hair and a turtle riding a skateboard. The little rhythmic jokes and pictures set the right tone for a lighthearted reading experience for parents and children alike.