Dogs Don't Tell Jokes

Dogs Don't Tell Jokes

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by Louis Sachar
     
 

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Twelve-year-old jokester Gary Boone knows he was born to be a comedian, it's the kids in his class who think he's just a goon. Winning the school talent show would be Gary's dream come true, but on the big night his dream nearly backfires—with hilarious results.

An IRA/CBC Children's Choice.  See more details below

Overview

Twelve-year-old jokester Gary Boone knows he was born to be a comedian, it's the kids in his class who think he's just a goon. Winning the school talent show would be Gary's dream come true, but on the big night his dream nearly backfires—with hilarious results.

An IRA/CBC Children's Choice.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
PW praised the ``strong, realistic characterization'' in this ``gracefully told story'' of a compulsive comic, the scourge of his seventh-grade class. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- Gary Boone (who calls himself ``Goon'') is the self-proclaimed clown of his seventh-grade class. He never stops joking, despite the fact that nobody laughs much, and he has no real friends at school. Entering a talent contest as a stand-up comedian forces him to look more closely at the effect his humor has on others and on himself. Sachar balances the fun with moments of insight and feeling. Gary, who appeared as a fifth grader in Someday Angeline (McKay, 1990), is not very funny as the book begins. He has moments of true wit, but they are overshadowed as he reels off one-liners culled from books. As he begins to notice how his family and classmates react to his jokes, he gradually becomes funnier. He also stops falling back on the self-deprecating humor that has helped to make him unpopular . His hilarious performance at the talent show is a fitting climax, full of real surprises. Hurwitz's Class Clown (Morrow, 1987) deals with a similar theme but is for a younger audience. Dogs Don't Tell Jokes is an excellent choice for junior high readers, and Sachar's younger fans will enjoy it too. --Steven Engelfried, Pleasanton Library, CA
From the Publisher
"With its strong, realistic characterization, Sachar's gracefully told story will please his longtime fans and gain him new followers as well"— Publishers Weekly.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307797124
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
06/01/2011
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
261,607
Lexile:
560L (what's this?)
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Newbery Award winner Louis Sachar is the author of The Boy Who Lost His Face, the Marvin Redpost books, and the much-loved There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom, winner of 19 child-voted state awards.
 
Louis Sachar’s book Holes, winner of the 1999 Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, is also an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, an ALA Quick Pick, and an ALA Notable Book, and was made into a major motion picture.

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Dogs Don't Tell Jokes 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Louis u r my fave i love this book i read it 4 times it was soooooooooooo funnyyyyyyyy keep up the good work no matter what people say u r the best PS THAY R JUST MAD BECAUSE THAY CANT BE AWESOME WRITER LIKE U <3<3<3<3
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gary Boone a 7th grade boy dreams of being a comedian and winning the talent show. The authors¿ purpose of the story was to make the audience laugh out loud. Gary Boone is in the 7th grade and dreams to be a comedian. He started making jokes in the fifth grade when the teacher ran out of the bathroom in her under wear during a fire drill. He used to be popular until a bully beat him up for his lunch money. Now he is attempting to regain his life back by winning the talent show and stop being called ¿Goone.¿This book had a huge turn in the middle when Gary A.K.A. ¿Goone¿ Decides he doesn¿t want to be in the talent show. His parents are shocked and wonder what could have made him change his mind so easily. Then they find out about his girlfriend who is going out of town for her school. Then the day of the talent show she is told that her school doesn¿t start until tomorrow, Gary then rushes to the talent show and wins second place for his amazing jokes and tricks. ¿Dog¿s don¿t Tell Jokes.¿ Louis Sachar books are very fun, but out of all the ones I have read this one was the best. It was so good I went to the store and bought one for myself. It also gives you five A.R. points. When I read this book I had a blast and it helped me get to my A.R. goal.I think that all kids in all grades should read this amazing book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Vary funny book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a excellant book. I first read HOLES from Louis Sachar and is was a great. And the book inspired to read this book which is really great. They should make a movie of this book.
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I love it!!!!!
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I like IZZIEY
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book I read was Dogs Don¿t tell jokes by: Louis Sachar Gary W, Boone (who calls himself ``Goon'') is the self-regarding clown of his seventh-grade class. He never stops joking, despite the fact that nobody laughs much, and he has no real friends at school. Entering a talent contest as a stand-up comedian forces him to look more closely at the effect his humor has on others and on himself. Sachar balances the fun with moments of insight and feeling. Gary, who appeared is a fifth grader this is not very funny as the book begins. As he begins to notice how his family and classmates react to his jokes, he gets even funnier then he was before. He also stops the ¿stupid¿ humor that has made him unpopular . His hilarious performance at the talent show is a great climax, full of weird and odd surprises. I think the author has a unique writing style because of his humor in the book and it¿s a great idea of making a book about jokes then you can put your favorite jokes in the book and say that ¿Goon¿ made them up himself. It¿s also cool when Sachar made Ryan and Paul jump out and give him a pie-in-the-face and spray him with seltzer. Dogs Don't Tell Jokes is a great choice for most all readers who like books that don¿t foreshadow the things that happen next. Overall this was a fantastic book and I highly recommend it for all readers I also learnd some good jokes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good book
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I thought that this book was pretty good, it was really good at first, and then it was just kind of one of those books where you know what was going to happen already.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Gary W. Boone otherwise known as Goon. Is a stand-up comic in training He cracks jokes fools around, his whole life is basically all jokes. But when the talent show comes he is in a pickle his parents will pay gary 100 bucks if he doesn't tell any jokes til the talent show. Will the goon loose his act or countinmuing to ' do the jokes '
Guest More than 1 year ago
This books shows what kids can find in their life. The main character was able to make changes in life between 5th grade and 7th grade. Also, I really enjoyed this book because the book has a lot of funny jokes. I was laughing my head of. I kept reading the jokes to my mom and dad. They finally begged me to stop!! It was a good plot. This book takes place two years after the characters were first introduced in Someday Angeline, which I also really enjoyed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book that I chose was Dogs Don¿t Tell Jokes and the author is Louis Sachar. I gave this book three stars because it was an ok book. The kids name in the book is Gary. They called him Goon because he always jokes around. He has posters of all the famous comedians in his room. He says jokes so often that he is told he can¿t say a joke for three weeks until the talent show he¿s practicing for. I would recommend this book to a friend because it talks about someone¿s life and it`s good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book I am reviewing is Dogs Don¿t Tell Jokes by Louis Sacher. I rate this book only two stars. I didn¿t like when everyone called him Goon. They call him Goon because he would act goofy, also he tells jokes that aren¿t funny. He would also try to make jokes near his girlfriend. She doesn¿t think they are funny either. I wouldn¿t recommend this book because it isn¿t very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS WAS A VERY FUNNY BOOK AND I ENJOYED IT. I WOULD DEFINETLY RECCOMEND THIIS BOOK TO MY PEERS AND OTHERS. READ THIS AMAZING BOOK AND YOU WILL HAVE A BLAST.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Book Review Dogs Don¿t Tell Jokes © 1991 Hardback cover $18.00 Published by Alfred A. Knopf Cover illustration by Jim Warren-- With his witty sense of humor, Louis Sachar is able to write a hilariously funny story, Dogs Don¿t Tell Jokes. Gary Boone, nicknamed Goone at his school, tries to follow his outrageous dream of being a stand-up comedian. Although Gary has terrible jokes, he get a chance to tell them when the student council plans a talent show! Gary signs up immediately. Now he has three weeks to come up with the best jokes of his life. His parents aren¿t very found of his comedic ¿genius¿. In fact they¿re are so aggravated with his jokes they make a deal with him. If Gary doesn¿t tell a single joke until his act at the show, they¿ll pay him a hundred dollars! Gary doesn¿t tell any jokes until he¿s sure that he¿ll burst. But he pushes himself to keep his big, babbling mouth shut. This would be a good book for anyone from fourth to sixth grade to read. Even if you¿re rolling on the ground laughing while reading Dogs Don¿t Tell Jokes it still teaches kids to persevere and never give up on your dream...no matter how corny it may be.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This isn't a funny book, but it has a great title. Always the jokes from zillion years ago, pretty boring. I don't think anyone will laugh at THAT kind of jokes. It's the most boring book a have ever read.