Humor In Young Adult Literature

Humor In Young Adult Literature

by Walter Hogan
     
 

This examination of humorous young adult literature in light of adolescent developmental issues and theories of comedy reviews family situations, adventure stories, problem novels, satire, romance, and coming-of-age stories. Books, protagonists, and situations for and about younger teens and older teens are discussed. Librarians, teachers, parents, and teens will

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This examination of humorous young adult literature in light of adolescent developmental issues and theories of comedy reviews family situations, adventure stories, problem novels, satire, romance, and coming-of-age stories. Books, protagonists, and situations for and about younger teens and older teens are discussed. Librarians, teachers, parents, and teens will find this an informative guide as well as a fun read.

Editorial Reviews

D. Jane Miller
An excellent selection tool, Humor in Young Adult Literature will prove invaluable for both English or language arts teachers, as well as public and school librarians. Recommended for professional collection.
CHOICE
Hogan's observations are commendable, and he makes generous use of examples from hundreds of YA novels; moreover, with the bibliographies at the ends of chapters, readers have at hand a nice collection of recommended YA 'readings lists.'
Booklist
Hogan...has ably taken on the formidable task of writing the first book-length exploration of humor in YA fiction....The book is especially helpful for looking at Joan Bauer, Eoin Colfer, Diana Wynne Jones, Ron Koertge, and Gordon Korman. It will be welcomed by juvenile librarians, teachers of YA literature, and possibly by librarians who will use it as a selection tool for their YA collections.
Bulletin Of The Center For Children's Books
The frequent association of young adult literature with angst-ridden characters and complex seriousness is challenged in this through examination of the role of humor in works for adolescents. Young adult titles that tackle 'the challenges of adolescence with wit and humor' are in fact numerous, and this remarkably solid text offers a topical discussion of many such examples....Readers will come away from this solid offering with a firm appreciation of the richness of humorous offerings; those organized enough to take notes will also have an extensive list of books to read and recommend for a laugh.
Reference and Research Book News
Hogan (librarian, Eastern Michigan U.) sets out to prove that comedy in young adult literature can address the same concerns as books focusing on teen angst, heartache and serious life lessons. He takes his examples from the treatment of adolescent life events by authors such as Daniel Pinkwater, Vande Velde and Joan Bauer. The organization of the text follows the stages of adolescent development and ends with a discussion of the coming-of-age novel.
Young Adult Library Services
This professional resource is excellent for those who are looking to catch up on titles they may have missed, and can help build reader's advisory skills.
Choice
Hogan's observations are commendable, and he makes generous use of examples from hundreds of YA novels; moreover, with the bibliographies at the ends of chapters, readers have at hand a nice collection of recommended YA 'readings lists.'
Silive.com
Hogan's resource is an energizing tour de force through the writings of dozens of YA authors...If readers are well familiar with this body of literature, they will feel as if they are enjoying a good laugh with old and dear friends. Those new to the field will find themselves frantically scribbling down titles and authors, as Hogan entices with summaries and snippets of seemingly countless books....as a reader's advisory tool, this book is invaluable, paving the way for many laughter-filled hours to come.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
The frequent association of young adult literature with angst-ridden characters and complex seriousness is challenged in this through examination of the role of humor in works for adolescents. Young adult titles that tackle 'the challenges of adolescence with wit and humor' are in fact numerous, and this remarkably solid text offers a topical discussion of many such examples....Readers will come away from this solid offering with a firm appreciation of the richness of humorous offerings; those organized enough to take notes will also have an extensive list of books to read and recommend for a laugh.
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
This professional resource is excellent for those who are looking to catch up on titles they may have missed, and can help build reader's advisory skills.
VOYA
What literary adventure could offer more delight than a romp through some of the most hilarious books in young adult literature? There are few if you are a beleaguered teacher or librarian racking your brains for new books to recommend to teen readers. Hogan's resource is an energizing tour de force through the writings of dozens of YA authors, including M. T. Anderson, Joan Bauer, Ellen Conford, Anne Fine, Jack Gantos, Diana Wynne Jones, Ron Koertge, Gordon Korman, Chris Lynch, Hilary McKay, Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Richard Peck, Daniel Pinkwater, Terry Pratchett, and J. K. Rowling. And that is but a radically abridged listing. The book is organized into thematic chapters such as "Family," "Friends," and "Authorities and Adversaries." Each of these chapters is crammed with examples from old and new YA books. If readers are well familiar with this body of literature, they will feel as if they are enjoying a good laugh with old and dear friends. Those new to the field will find themselves frantically scribbling down titles and authors, as Hogan entices with summaries and snippets of seemingly countless books. He has a knack for picking out the funniest bits, while weaving out a cogent exploration of each chapter's theme. The only false note is on the cover, where a smiling boy looks to be only about eight years old. Nevertheless as a reader's advisory tool, this book is invaluable, paving the way for many laughter-filled hours to come. 2005, Scarecrow Press, 223p.; Index. Biblio. Source Notes., PLB $40.. Ages adult professional.
—Diane Emge
School Library Journal
An excellent resource for librarians wishing to balance their YA collections with humor. At a time when so many titles are about teenage angst, abuse, and tragedy, it is refreshing to have books that entertain as they enlighten. Hogan knows his subject well and pulls authors into multiple categories while discussing plots and characters. Following the stages of adolescent growth, chapters begin with family, friends, and bullies and move to "What's Wrong with Me?," love, and "Coming of Age." Chapters have extensive endnotes with bibliographical and explanatory information. Most of the titles date from the 1990s or later. Topics will help in preparing thematic displays and booktalks. Many excerpts are included with page numbers. Hogan reinforces the benefit of humor to handle "obstacles that need to be faced" or "lighten a troubled heart." The drawbacks are that the format is not conducive to easy scanning to locate specific titles and the index is inconsistent. Chris Crutcher is mentioned in several categories but indexed in only one while there are 15 references to Gordon Korman. Also, given the wide range of maturity levels in adolescence, it would have been helpful to rate titles for upper elementary, middle, or high school. Still, it's well worth taking the time to read the book, highlight sections, and take notes.-Kathy Lehman, Thomas Dale High School Library, Chester, VA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810850729
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
01/28/2005
Series:
Scarecrow Studies in Young Adult Literature Series, #14
Pages:
242
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)

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D. Jane Miller
An excellent selection tool, Humor in Young Adult Literature will prove invaluable for both English or language arts teachers, as well as public and school librarians. Recommended for professional collection.

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