With selling the house and a long rough patch with Cee’s illness, it’s all about keeping things light these days.
(What’s a “Lolly?” It’s an award we invented for the funniest of the funny books we discovered this summer.)
7. The Lolly for Best Comic goes to… Calvin and Hobbes
There’s a scene where Calvin is singing from the bathroom, “I need a bucket…no cause for alarm.” My kids just. crack. up. It’s totally become an inside joke in our family. When someone is in trouble, they say all sing-song-y “No cause for alarm!”
6. The Lolly for Best Series goes to… Elephant and Piggie
The kids love, love, love everything Mo Willems, but the Piggie and Gerald books take the cake.
5. The Lolly for Best Dry Humor goes to… The Happy Hocky Family moves to the Country!
Every time we read this mock easy reader, the kids pick up on new funny bits.
4. The Lolly for Best Wordless goes to… Chalk
Surprisingly, the kids can’t get enough of this one, even though there aren’t any words.
3. The Lolly for Best Chapter Book goes to… The Enormous Egg
We read this as a whole-family read aloud. With writing similar to Beverly Cleary’s, it rocks a sort of wholesome and old-timey subtle humor.
The kids prefer The Book with No Pictures because it contains such literary gems as “boo boo butt” and “ba doongy face.”
But I loved how terrified they were by the dark humor of The Book That Eats People. They kept asking me to read it over and over, but they also insisted I go into their room and remove it before they would go in to go to bed. Maybe it makes me a terrible mom to find that as amusing as I do, but it wins the Lolly for Most Inappropriate in my book. (pun intended). Definitely not a good fit for all kids, but super funny for some.
1. The Lolly for Best Surprise goes to… Guess Again!
We roll on the floor with this one. Dr. Larry Roberts?!?! Dr. Larry Roberts?!?! Please check this book out from the library so you can laugh as hard as we do every time we read it.
What did we miss? We’d love to hear your recommendations for future Lollys!
Looking for more book lists? Check out our picks on Africa , Australia. and Cooking.
Looking for more quick takes? Visit Kelly (she’s got a smashing post on NFP this week) or check out this post on bathroom treasures from the archives.
PS– Thanks for all your prayer for Jordan! His surgery went well and he is recovering.
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