Dogs Don't Tell Jokes [NOOK Book]

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.

Twelve-year-old Gary, known as Goon because of his constant clowning ...

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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.

Twelve-year-old Gary, known as Goon because of his constant clowning and joke-telling, tries to change his image and make new friends at school.

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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
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"With its strong, realistic characterization, Sachar's gracefully told story will please his longtime fans and gain him new followers as well"— Publishers Weekly.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307797124
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 111,235
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Louis Sachar

Louis Sachar was born in East Meadow, New York, moved to Southern California when he was nine, and now lives in Austin, Texas.  Louis's first book for children, Sideways Stories from Wayside School was accepted for publication during his first week of law school.  Although Louis graduated and passed the bar exam, he opted to be a full-time writer for children rather than a lawyer.

Louis met his wife, Carla, when he was a visiting author at a school in Texas.  She was a counselor at the same school.  They have a daughter, Sherre.  Louis likes to play chess, cards, ski, play the guitar (and sing loudly), but mostly he likes spending time with Carla and Sherre.  

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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    My teacher is reding this aloud for my class

    I love it!!!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    I FELL IN LOVE WITH THIS BOOK WHEN I FIRST SAW IT

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Great

    Speechless

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2012

    Fart

    I like IZZIEY

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2011

    I highly recommend this book

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2007

    Pie-in-the-face-GOOD

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2006

    Funny

    Vary funny book!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2003

    Funny

    Good book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2002

    Outstanding !

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 1999

    This book was pretty good

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    E

    @#$% @#$%

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2012

    N

    Not good at all

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 14, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    You call this a book!?!?

    This book is soooo horrible!! I could not finish it. It's really not good.

    Real nice, Louis Sachar.

    0 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2008

    Dogs do tell jokes

    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 '

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2007

    This book is really good

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2007

    Its Funny

    They jokes are funny and the way this is like Louis Sachar's someday Angeline But you should read his books

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2006

    Not Very Good!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2006

    This was an ok book

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2003

    THE FUNNIEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2003

    Dogs Don't Tell Jokes

    Gary Boone, a student at Floyd Hicks Junior High School, entered a school talent show and won first place by telling jokes. Everyone thought that Gary was a goon, and that the jokes he told were NOT funny. However, he won the popular vote from the audience after his performance at the talent show, and consequently, the $100 first prize. Still, people thought Gary was a goon. Note that the jokes in this book are not funny, so don't buy this book purely for the jokes in it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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