Wednesday, August 14, 2019

The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids - Interview, Raffle and more!




“Why do fish live in saltwater? Because pepper makes them sneeze!” The Big Book of Silly Jokes for Kids is brimming with over 800 knock-knock jokes, riddles, tongue twisters, and silly stats for endless hours of hilarious entertainment anywhere.
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A few months ago, to my assistant's delight, I was asked to write a joke book. I never thought about writing a joke book, and of all the subjects I write, that genre hadn't occurred to me.

I love a challenge and accepted the assignment from the publisher. As we gathered what we needed to do, Brittney, my assistant chattered on about what a great idea the project was going to be.

When I asked herwhy, she responded that a joke book was one of her favorite books when she was growing up. It brought her countless hours of entertainment in her youth, and she kept it for years.

I thought about that when I selected the jokes to go in the book. I wanted it to be flexible for many ages. It had to be silly enough that a younger child would want to share it with an older sibling that would enjoy the humor as well. I cataloged the jokes, riddles, and tongue twisters to get more complex as the reader went deeper into each category of jokes.

I also wanted it to be a multigenerational book that could be shared across a dinner table.

Compiling the jokes brought back memories of my childhood with my brothers. I found myself calling them when I found an old chestnut we chuckled to in our youth. It made us laugh together as well as spark incidents we had long forgotten. Those jokes were as much a part of my childhood as they will soon be for my new readers.

For instance, my brother laughed out loud when I asked him, "What's black and white and red all over? An embarrassed zebra!"

I tried many of the jokes on my personal audience, my office, my kids, and my grandkids. I was delighted when the children ages ranging from 5 to 11, demanded copies as soon as we could get our hands on the early production ones. They parroted the jokes back, memorizing the punchlines and waiting to hear the explosions of laughter that followed.

"Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Meow, who?
Take me-ow to the ballgame!"

It made me think about the value of this book. It had the potential to turn into a little treasure for parents.

1- It kept the kids busy for hours. They were engaged actually talking to each other. Each one couldn't wait to take their turn reading another joke.

"What do you call a pod of musical whales? -orcaAn stra!"

2- Yes, reading my friends! They voluntarily wanted to read the book. The younger ones needed help; the older kids were eager to help! It's an excellent way for kids to exercise those reading chops!

"What do you get if you cross a snake and a LEGO set? A boa constructor."

3- The book teaches children how to communicate. They can learn how to deliver a joke, make people laugh, get themselves out of an uncomfortable situation.

 "What's more amazing than a talking llama?A spelling-bee."

4- Many of the jokes need to be explained. They have double meanings and are perfect gateways to conversations on everything from food to animals.

"What animal grows down as it grows up? goose!"

5- Tongue twisters are a healthy exercise for the mouth. I have a granddaughter who is globally aphasic. I started my tongue twisters with the easiest I could find to allow a beginner to have success. They become harder as the reader moves through them. My good friend and fellow author, Erica Graham, who is also a speech therapist explained the value of tongue twisters.

"I saw a kitten eating chicken in the kitchen." Try saying that three times fast!

6- Knock, knock jokes are jokes that make kids stretch their imagination. They might have started with jokes from the book, but ended up inventing their own, that turned out to be hilarious. Even the ones they created that I didn't understand, left the kids in fits of silly giggles.

"Knock, knock.
Who's there?
Juno who?
Ju-no where Europe is on the map?"

This one's great because you can get in a lesson on Greek mythology as well as a geography lesson.

7- Laughter is the best medicine. It really is. Nothing will chase away the clouds better than a shout of laughter. When the kids are not getting along, and they are out of patience, ask them to make each other laugh. That's is a much more pleasant sound than hearing, "Jason took my toy." or "Amanda won't stop touching my truck."

8- In this day of video games, sometimes I think kids have forgotten how to talk to each other. Reading a joke and waiting to see someone's reaction is a good lesson in communication as well as manners. They learn patience.

"Why did the spider go to the computer? To check his website!"

It brought back a memory of when my kids were young. We used to practice listening to each other. They learned they had to wait for the other person to finish what they are saying to respond. The book is also filled with silly stats that will prepare your child to be a game show contestant in the distant future!

A bunch of bananas "Silly Stat: are called a hand."

9- Riddles and puns are thoughtful devices to make everyone stretch their minds. Some of them were incredibly clever.

"What has a neck, but no head? A bottle!"

10- Lastly, I think there can never be enough laughter in the world, don't you? The end of the book is filled with blank pages and a few tips for a child to create their own brand of humor. Who knows where this book will take their imagination?
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