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Funny books for 5 – 8 year olds

What’s the best way to get younger children excited about reading? Make them laugh! We’ve got five fantastically funny books for newly independent readers to dive into – each packed full of the perfect blend of humour, action and brilliant characters!

Magnificent Mabel and the Rabbit Riot

Written by Ruth Quayle Illustrated by Julia Christians
5-7

Meet Mabel – she’s mischievous, unique and, of course, magnificent! Sometimes life isn’t fair for Mabel Chase. Like for instance she doesn’t have one SINGLE pet in her whole life. And ALL the people in her class are losing their baby teeth. And she doesn’t EVEN have a sprinkler in her own garden. This collection of three laugh-out-loud escapades starring the one and only Mabel are relatable, hilarious and wonderfully illustrated.

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The Dragon In The Library

Written by Louie Stowell Illustrated by Davide Ortu
7-9

Kit can’t stand reading - that is, until she discovers an incredible secret… dragons live in libraries, librarians are wizards and, best of all, she’s a wizard too! When an evil property developer has plans to take over their local library, it’s up to Kit and her friends to save the library… and the world! Full of imagination, hilarity and adventure, this is a joyful celebration of the magic of books and reading.

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Shifty McGifty and Slippery Sam: Up, Up and Away!

Written by Tracey Corderoy Illustrated by Steven Lenton
5-7

Join the much-loved baker dogs for three thrilling canine and cake-based adventures guaranteed to make you giggle! From wacky races with the bake-mobile to donning dodgy disguises to catch a thief, Shifty and Sam are always getting into hijinks. Tracey Corderoy’s brilliantly funny storytelling and Steven Lenton’s glorious two-colour illustrations make this the perfect reading recipe.

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The Invincibles: The Piglet Pickle

Written by Caryl Hart Illustrated by Sarah Warburton
5-7

Nell and her best friend Freddie are The Invincibles! When they smuggle a piglet called Kevin home from a school trip to a farm, they enter a whole world of mayhem. It’s hard keeping a naughty piglet a secret – and soon things spiral completely out of control! Brilliantly brought to life with hilarious two-colour illustrations, this is a rollicking read to return to again and again.

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Baby Aliens Got My Teacher

Written by Pamela Butchart Illustrated by Thomas Flintham
7-9

Join Izzy and her friends for a classroom caper that will leave you in stitches! When Miss Jones starts being really nice, something must be up… the answer is surely simple: Miss Jones has been taken over by aliens! Packed with comic illustrations by Thomas Flintham and with brilliantly funny writing from Pamela Butchart, newly confident readers will love laughing along with ALL the school drama.

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