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Children's LiteratureLaughing 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