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The Best Funny Children’s Books to Beat Blue Monday

On Blue Monday, why not sprinkle some laughter into the day? This collection of funny children’s books to beat Blue Monday are sure to brighten both young hearts and those of the grown-ups reading along! From quirky characters embarking on whimsical adventures to clever tales that tickle the funny bone, these books offer a delightful escape into a world of joy and merriment, proving that laughter truly is the best antidote to the Monday blues. So, grab a cosy blanket, gather your little ones, and let the giggles commence as you share these hilarious tales that promise to turn even the bluest Monday into a day filled with smiles!

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This is NOT a Unicorn

Written by Barry Timms Illustrated by Ged Adamson
2-5
Get ready for a magical and hilarious adventure about the most fantastic unicorn EVER! This book is NOT about a unicorn! Well . . . OK, maybe it is! But THIS unicorn has a horn that can turn into the most incredible things - a magic wand, a helicopter, even…
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The Goat and the Stoat and the Boat

Written by Em Lynas Illustrated by Matt Hunt
2-5
A raucous, rhyming tale that will have children (and adults) in fits of laughter! Stoat is playing in his favourite boat when suddenly Goat comes bounding in! Chaos ensues as an angry Stoat tries to chase Goat out of his boat. But before long, Goat and Stoat's lively antics make…
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British Museum: Maurice the Museum Mouse’s Amazing Ancient Book of Facts and Jokes

Written by Tracey Turner Illustrated by Mark Beech
5-7
A hilarious, historical fact and joke book from the British Museum collection This joke book is full of side-splittingly hilarious jokes and fascinating facts about civilisations found in the British Museum. Full of bite-size facts about amazing ancient worlds and jokes that will have you howling, Maurice the Museum Mouse's…
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Weasels

Illustrated by Elys Dolan
2-5
The hilarious debut picture book from awardwinning comic genius, Elys Dolan. Weasels. What do you think they do all day? Plan world domination, that's what! Find out how the their dastardly plans are foiled in this hilarious, off-the-wall story which is packed full of humour and jokes. There are endless…
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Doggy School

Written by Paige Braddock
5-7
Peanut, Butter and Crackers are back and off to doggy school in the third hilarious graphic novel for pet lovers and fans of The Secret Life of Pets. Crackers and floppy-eared puppy Peanut are off to doggy school! But when the two dogs are separated, Peanut is left to fend…
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Ruffles and the Teeny Tiny Kittens

Written by David Melling
2-5
Ruff! Ruff! Meet Ruffles, the playful puppy who faces all the tricksy troubles of preschool life in this new picture book series from bestselling author and illustrator David Melling. Just like every preschooler, Ruffles the puppy experiences all the ups and downs of daily life as he learns about the…
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The Pirates Are Coming!

Written by John Condon Illustrated by Matt Hunt
2-5
A hilarious retelling of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, with not one but TWO twists! Tom has a VERY important job; every day he climbs to the top of the hill and watches for pirate ships. But when he rings his bell and shouts "Pirates!" a few too many times…
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Bad Cat!

Illustrated by Nicola O'Byrne
2-5
It's not easy saying sorry, and this hilarious picture book about manners proves just how hard it can be. Fluffykins is a lovely cat, isn't he? Just look at him. He wouldn't do anything naughty . . . would he? But what's this? He's knocked over the flowers, tangled up…
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The Prince and the Pee

Written by Greg Gormley Illustrated by Chris Mould
2-5
A hilarious tale of derring do and needing the loo from the brilliant Greg Gormley and Chris Mould! Prince Freddie is off to save a castle from a ferocious dragon, when he realises he really, REALLY needs a pee. But what with scary ogres, damsels in distress, and massive queues…
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Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Farm

Written by Nosy Crow Ltd Illustrated by Axel Scheffler
2-5
Crazy creatures in this bonkers book of mixed-up farm animals from bestselling, award-winning illustrator, Axel Scheffler What do you get if you cross a pig with a turkey? Why, that would be a purkey! And a sheep with a rabbit? That would be a shabbit, of course! With over 121…
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Wigglesbottom Primary: The Toilet Ghost

Written by Pamela Butchart Illustrated by Becka Moor
5-7
Life at Wigglesbottom Primary is often lived on the edge. A class talent show becomes a thing of great mystery and intrigue, when it turns out that Jacob Barry's stinky shoe can PREDICT THE FUTURE! Or filled with peril when the boys' toilets become HAUNTED! And then there's the CURSE…
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Hubble Bubble, Granny Trouble

Written by Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by Joe Berger
2-5
My granny's kind of different. She wears such funny hats. She's got a huge menagerie of cats and frogs and bats! Welcome to a hilarious series by award-winning picture book creators Tracey Corderoy (author of the hugely successful Shifty McGifty books) and Joe Berger (former World Book Day artist). If…
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The Weird Friends Fan Club

Written by Catherine Wilkins
9-12
Erin and Grace are very different people. Erin has a monobrow and a slight problem with negativity; Grace is very #blessed and obsessed with her #girlsquad. One thing they have in common is a love of Charlotte Brontë and writing stories. And through their teacher-imposed critique group, they learn to…
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What’s Next Door?

Illustrated by Nicola O'Byrne
2-5
Bursting with imagination, this sequel to the award-winning Open Very Carefully, is full of interactive fun. Carter, our cross crocodile hero is back, and he's NOT happy. He's stuck in another book and all he wants to do is find his way home, but he can't get there by himself.…
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You’re Not a Proper Pirate, Sidney Green!

Written by Ruth Quayle Illustrated by Deborah Allwright
2-5
A hilarious read-aloud picture book for any child aged 3-6 with a big imagination! Sidney Green loves going on rip-roaring adventures with his dog, Jemima. Together, they race cars, sail all the way to Africa and build an enormous castle, complete with a moat full of crocodiles. But Captain Shipshape…
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This is a Dog

Written by Ross Collins
2-5
A hilarious paperback picture book from the award-winning, bestselling author and illustrator, Ross Collins, about a mischievous dog who steals the limelight. Uh-oh! An excitable (but very loveable) dog has found his way into this First Animals book and he will NOT let any of the other animals take their…
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Magnificent Mabel and the Magic Caterpillar

Written by Ruth Quayle Illustrated by Julia Christians
5-7
Meet Mabel - she's MAGNIFICENT. Sometimes life isn't fair for Mabel Chase. Like for instance it is NEVER her turn to look after the class caterpillar. And she's not allowed a pair of glasses, even though she is SURE that she needs them. And her big sister Meg KEEPS ignoring…
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Lenny Lemmon and the Invincible Rat

Written by Ben Davis Illustrated by James Lancett
7-9
Hilarious school-based comedy for 7+ with black and white illustrations throughout. A modern day Just William! Lenny Lemmon is looking forward to Olden Days Day at school. It's a chance to break the routine and try school as it was years ago. It explains the blackboard in the corner, his…
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A Beginner’s Guide to Ruling the Galaxy

Written by David Solomons
9-12
A brilliantly funny story of what happens when a galactic princess moves in next door and almost brings about the end of the world. Exciting new fiction from the bestselling, award-winning author of My Brother is a Superhero. Gavin's got a new neighbour and she's really annoying. Niki follows him…
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Never, Ever, Ever Ask a Pirate to a Party

Written by Clare Helen Welsh Illustrated by Anne-Kathrin Behl
2-5
Get ready for a fantastical birthday party adventure featuring a dinosaur, dragon, unicorn, pirate . . . and a spaceship full of aliens! If you want the perfect party, never, ever, ever invite this crowd of chaotic guests! The unicorn will demand sparkles and bubbles, the dragon will set fire…
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A Monster Ate My Packed Lunch!

Written by Pamela Butchart Illustrated by Thomas Flintham
7-9
Hilarious, illustrated school-based antics where everything that happens leads to DRAMA and RUNNING AROUND and even some FAINTING! Winner of the Laugh Out Loud Book Awards 2023! Izzy and her friends are on a school trip to a big lake. Gary Petrie is excited because the lodges where they're staying…
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