Children's LiteratureThis cheerful compilation of tried and true one-liners, puns and humorous anecdotes is part of a series, "Laughing Matters." With its durable library binding, simple vocabulary and content, this sports volume makes a solid addition to a school collection for elementary-age children. Jokes are categorized by sportfrom soccer and baseball to bowling, swimming and horse racing. Not every child might know what the Kentucky Derby is, and not every adult might agree with the answer to, "Who was the fastest runner? Adam. He was the first in the human race." But most jokes offer amusing, standard, entertaining fare such as, "What do a soccer player and a magician have in common? They both do hat tricks," and, "Why should you be careful about playing against a team of big cats? They might be cheetahs." Bold colors and simple illustrations propel the book's hi-lo format, making it appealing both to upper elementary students and to early readers. 2004, The Child's World, and Ages 5 to 12.
J. H. Diehl