Funny Business: Clowning Around, Practical Jokes, Cool Comedy, Cartooning, and More . . .

Funny Business: Clowning Around, Practical Jokes, Cool Comedy, Cartooning, and More . . .

by Helaine Becker, Claudia Davila, Claudia Dávila
     
 

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Following her good-times-for-all, smash-hit Boredom Blasters, Helaine Becker serves up another barrel of laughs in this book for now and future jokesters. Young readers learn how to prepare a comedy routine and how to draw their own comic strips. They discover what separates a good clown from a stupendous one, and how to perform clown routines like juggling

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Following her good-times-for-all, smash-hit Boredom Blasters, Helaine Becker serves up another barrel of laughs in this book for now and future jokesters. Young readers learn how to prepare a comedy routine and how to draw their own comic strips. They discover what separates a good clown from a stupendous one, and how to perform clown routines like juggling and pratfalls. Tasty recipes, hilariously inspired crafts, crazy jokes, fascinating facts, and giggle-inducing activities complement each chapter. Examples include whipping up a batch of Earthworms and Dirt Cups for dinner, creating slapstick sound effects with a pair of vinyl gloves, and livening up a party with a Very Silly Walk-a-Thon. Claudia Dávila’s whimsical full-color art adds to the fun.

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Children's Literature
Laughing is good for you, really! This is because your increased breathing and heart rate speed more oxygen to the rest of your body as you begin to laugh. The immune system benefits by more rapid cell growth and repair, and muscles throughout the body work hard by contracting and relaxing. It will be hard to suppress a smile, even if you are only casually flipping through this funny book about having fun. It is divided into five different sections; the lowdown on laughter (fun facts—on the average, kids laugh about 400 times a day, grownups laugh only 15 times a day), stand-up comedy, clowning around, practical jokes (laff-riot recipes like poached eggs made with a slice of pound cake, a canned peach half, and whipped cream are hysterical) and comic strips and cartoons. Fabulous, colorful illustrations are on every page, making it difficult to decide which trick or joke to try first. This crazy little book reads effortlessly and would make an excellent rainy day or sick—in-bed book just as easily as it would a birthday gift. The author also wrote the book Boredom Blasters. Highly recommended. 2005, Maple Tree Press, Ages 9 to 12.
—Cindy L. Carolan
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Becker offers funny facts, an informative diagram showing what goes on in the body when you laugh, brief discussions of different types of humor (situation comedy, parody, farce, riddles, puns), a "How Funny Are You?" quiz, tips and timing for stand-up routines, body lingo, props, six improvisation games, clowning material, and more. For kids who want to learn how to juggle, tell jokes, or use sight-gag items, it's all here. Cartooning is explained as well. Adult help is mentioned where appropriate, such as when using wire cutters. Eight kid-friendly recipes have names that are sure to attract the attention of young chefs, such as "Bear Claw Candies" and "Moose Droppings." Cheerful, animated illustrations add interest and energy to the pages. Catherine Perkins and Katie Roden's The Most Excellent Book of How to Be a Clown (Millbrook, 1996) is for a younger audience. A great collection of comic possibilities.-Augusta R. Malvagno, Queens Borough Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781897066416
Publisher:
Owlkids Books
Publication date:
09/09/2005
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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