The best middle grade books adults and kids can laugh at

Who am I?

Look, it’s simple really. Peter Pan visited me when I was young, abducted me, and showed me that remaining a big kid is much more beneficial than becoming a boring adult with too many responsibilities. I’ve published multiple MG books and prefer this genre’s colourful, exciting stories. I’m also Australian, and we have a weird sense of humour, so I’m not sure if that classifies as expertise on this particular subject, but let’s go with that. 


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Esteemed Vampire Cat

By Tyrolin Puxty,

Book cover of Esteemed Vampire Cat

What is my book about?

Colt Harper hates it when you pat a cat the wrong way, or when you upload their faux pas to YouTube. In fact, he’ll probably kill you for it.

As a self-proclaimed master vampire cat, Colt never imagined he’d be sent to community service at a revolting community theater. And for what? Killing humans who don’t buy the expensive brand of cat food? Talk about unfair. Still, working with a nervous werewolf and a monster addicted to tickling wasn’t on his to-do list. What’s worse, is he’s falling for a human. Sure, she has green eyes. Sure, she fosters stray cats. But she’s still a disgusting human. So why is he risking his own life to save her from the chasers?

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of Poison for Breakfast

Tyrolin Puxty Why did I love this book?

The title sounds heavy. It's Lemony Snicket after all. But in pure Lemony fashion, this breezy 'memoir' digresses into tales of sardonic woe that children can scoff at and adults can laugh at. The perfect book for a trip on a train or plane, the jokes are dry and the story is beautifully simplistic: he had poison for breakfast. So what now? 

By Lemony Snicket,

Why should I read it?

6 authors picked Poison for Breakfast as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

In the years since this publishing house was founded, we have worked with an array of wondrous authors who have brought illuminating clarity to our bewildering world. Now, instead, we bring you Lemony Snicket.

Over the course of his long and suspicious career, Mr. Snicket has investigated many things, including villainy, treachery, conspiracy, ennui, and various suspicious fires. In this book, he is investigating his own death.

Poison for Breakfast is a different sort of book than others we have published, and from others you may have read. It is different from other books Mr. Snicket has written. It could…


Book cover of Nevermoor

Tyrolin Puxty Why did I love this book?

Okay, it's not exactly laugh-out-loud funny. In fact, my grandmother was so distressed by the first two pages because, spoiler, we find ourselves at the protagonist's funeral. I explained that obviously it is a red herring and this cannot be the case, as we were only two pages in. But, you know, my grandmother. Anyway, this is the perfect series for lovers of Harry Potter and all things quirky. You won't laugh a lot. But you'll definitely be smiling throughout. 

By Jessica Townsend,

Why should I read it?

5 authors picked Nevermoor as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 8, 9, 10, and 11.

What is this book about?

A breathtaking, enchanting new series by debut author Jessica Townsend, about a cursed girl who escapes death and finds herself in a magical world--but is then tested beyond her wildest imagination.

Morrigan Crow is cursed. Having been born on Eventide, the unluckiest day for any child to be born, she's blamed for all local misfortunes, from hailstorms to heart attacks--and, worst of all, the curse means that Morrigan is doomed to die at midnight on her eleventh birthday.

But as Morrigan awaits her fate, a strange and remarkable man named Jupiter North appears. Chased by black-smoke hounds and shadowy hunters…


Book cover of Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend

Tyrolin Puxty Why did I love this book?

Children will find this funny. How could they not, when the entire book is through the perspective of an actual imaginary friend, getting up to mischievous antics? For adults though, it's more like Toy Story 3 as you realise the imaginary friends are contemplating their own mortality, wondering how they could possibly survive when their friends literally disappear once the human stops 'believing' in them. So, look, 50/50 from a comedic level. Solid 90 for overall enjoyment. 

By Matthew Green,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Memoirs of an Imaginary Friend as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Budo is Max's imaginary friend. He and his fellow imaginary friends watch over their children until the day comes that the child stops imagining them. And then they're gone. Budo has lasted a lot longer than most imaginary friends - four years - because Max needs him more. His parents argue about sending him to a special school. But Max is perfectly happy if everything is just kept the way it is, and nothing out of the ordinary happens. Unfortunately, something out of the ordinary is going to happen - and then he'll need Budo more than ever...


Book cover of The Wishing Spell

Tyrolin Puxty Why did I love this book?

I bought this because I love Kurt from Glee. He's genuinely a good writer. Did you know he wrote an episode in season 6 of Glee? Arguably it's one of the best episodes of the season. His snarky sense of humour comes through in this fairy tale classic, as he spins everything we know about the princesses and even acknowledges the tropes often used in fantasy stories. A really easy and fun read. 

By Chris Colfer, Brandon Dorman (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked The Wishing Spell as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 8, 9, 10, and 11.

What is this book about?

Alex and Conner Bailey's world is about to change...Through the mysterious powers of a cherished book of stories, twins Alex and Connor leave their world behind and find themselves in a foreign land full of wonder and magic where they come face-to-face with the fairy tale characters they grew up reading about. But after a series of encounters with witches, wolves, goblins, and trolls alike, getting back home is going to be harder than they thought.


Book cover of Hazel Green

Tyrolin Puxty Why did I love this book?

A blast from the past. I feel this book never got the attention it truly deserved. From a sassy, headstrong lead, to a fashionable neighbour akin to Moira Rose, this immersive story is about friendship, determination, and a mystery here and there. I adored this character who was ahead of her time and always wished we had a little more Hazel Green in our lives! 

By Odo Hirsch,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Hazel Green as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it. This book is for kids age 8, 9, 10, and 11.

What is this book about?


Each year, on Frogg Day, a parade fills the streets and children are not allowed to take part,but it hasn't always been that way and it certainly doesn't seem fair to Hazel Green. So she decides to rally the children of the Moody Building to build a float for the parade. But things go awry when she is accused of stealing a recipe from her favorite baker and giving it to his rival. At the same time, the children ban her from participating in the parade because she tried to convince them that their float would topple. But with the…


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