The Biggest, Best, Silliest, Dumbest Joke Book Ever

Have you heard the one about . . . Well, if you haven't yet, you will by the time your kids finish the second edition of Jokelopedia: The Biggest, Best, Silliest, Dumbest Joke Book Ever (Workman Publishing ($11.95; ages 5 and older). This is the sort of pick up and put down title that parents should leave on the coffee table in the den. Tip: As you place the book in a prominent spot, hide the remote control.

It won't be long before flipping and giggling begin. Then comes the "Hey, Mom."

Why was the math book sad?

It had too many problems.

Why aren't leopards any good at hide-and-seek?

Because they're always spotted.

Besides riddles and jokes, prepare yourself for some groan-inducing puns (is there any other kind of reaction?) and tidbits about famous funny people such as Lucille Ball, Will Ferrell, Chris Rock and Jim Carrey. Sections also teach techniques for impersonation, improvisation and slapstick. All the standards pop up in this collection of more than 1,700 jokes - light bulbs, why-the-chicken-crossed-the-road stuff, elephants and vampires. And yes, the one about the frog in the blender is in there, too.

The silly book is an effective tool to grab the attention of reluctant readers. It doesn't have to be read cover to cover, and it's designed for interaction.

Why can you always tell what Dick and Jane are going to do next?

They're easy to read.

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