Funny Stories and Other Funny Stories
Puffin Books, 2018
560pp., pbk., RRP $A24.99
Swap a bomb for three ice-creams on a train, bounce on a vampire’s bed, eat a pizza that makes you fearless, read the secret diary of a dog, unleash the awesome power of chips, save ten lives with a paper clip, surprise your mum with a chainsaw, use a demolition ball to defeat a bully, live in a house that gets wiped clean more often than a bottom…
Since Morris Gleitzman, the current Australian Children’s Laureate wrote The Other Facts of Life in 1987, he has been entertaining children with his stories -some long, some short , some serious, some not-so – and this bumper new release is a compendium of all his shorts stories in one place, plus a bonus story! So in one volume that will satisfy the needs of those who like to borrow fat books, those who like to laugh out loud, and those whose preference is for short, read-in-one-go stories, all the stories from Give Peas A Chance. Pizza Cake and Snot Chocolate are gathered together – 36 stories in all. Even rationed to one a week, that’s a lot of the classroom read-aloud program taken care of for the year, or, for the young, independent reader, a lot of fun practice in honing skills and enjoying the delight of the printed word!
With at least 40 books with his name on the cover and the final in the Once series on the horizon, Gleitzman not only has an established fan base amongst teachers and parents, but this new offering will see that swell as others discover his quirky humour and his gift for telling stories.