The best books to make you laugh so hard that milk shoots out your nose

Marty Kelley Author Of Almost Everybody Farts
By Marty Kelley

Who am I?

I’m a full-time author and illustrator, and a recovering second grade teacher. I visit with tens of thousands of kids at schools every year and love sharing funny books with them. I’ve written and illustrated over 30 published books and know that kids appreciate subtle humor as well as in-your-face hilarity. I love writing stories that will make readers laugh and think. But mostly laugh.


I wrote...

Almost Everybody Farts

By Marty Kelley,

Book cover of Almost Everybody Farts

What is my book about?

Grandmas fart. Teachers fart. Terrifying creatures fart. But... is there someone who doesn't fart?

With sly humor, this fun picture book looks at a subject that’s sure to make children laugh: farting. With silent farts, farts like horns, and rainbow farts from unicorns, Almost Everybody Farts comically captures the gassy scene. And only one person insists she’s fart-free: Mom! But is she? Kids will insist on reading this rhyming story again and again.

The books I picked & why

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Mother Bruce

By Ryan T. Higgins,

Book cover of Mother Bruce

Why this book?

This is probably the most perfect picture book. The illustrations are terrific – full of detail and bold colors. The humor is spot-on and works on multiple levels. Kids will adore Bruce’s cranky (but genuinely kind) attitude while adults laugh at the small asides that ring in a slightly more sophisticated way. 

Mother Bruce

By Ryan T. Higgins,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Mother Bruce as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book)

By Julie Falatko, Tim J. Miller (illustrator),

Book cover of Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book)

Why this book?

Another brilliant gem of a book, Snappsy the Alligator is just trying to go about his day, but the annoying narrator of the book insists that he behave in certain ways. This book cleverly considers what the role of character is in a book and how the characters function in their story. Adults will appreciate the sophistication of the concept while younger readers will laugh hysterically at Snappsy’s attempts to be himself despite what the narrator thinks he should do.

Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book)

By Julie Falatko, Tim J. Miller (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Is he prowling for defenseless birds and soft, fuzzy bunnies? ls Snappsy a big, mean alligator who's obsessed with snack foods that start with the letter P? It's no wonder Snappsy won't invite the narrator to his party! Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) is an irreverent look at storytelling, friendship, and creative differences from a pair of rising stars in the picture book world.

The Giggler Treatment

By Roddy Doyle, Brian Ajhar (illustrator),

Book cover of The Giggler Treatment

Why this book?

This is honestly one of my favorite books of all time. Roddy Doyle is much more well known for his adult fiction, but he is a brilliantly absurd writer for children, too. The intrusive and charismatic narrator names chapters after his mother and his fridge as the rollicking story spirals around the family’s efforts to prevent Dad from stepping in dog poo. The voice, the fast-paced plot, and the balance of heart and bathroom humor make this a rip-snorter of a book.

The Giggler Treatment

By Roddy Doyle, Brian Ajhar (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

2 authors picked The Giggler Treatment as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Gloriously silly comedy from Booker prize winner and bestseller Roddy
Doyle.

If adults are mean to children, they get the Giggler Treatment. It's
smelly. It's squishy. And it sticks to your shoe. But sometimes,
just sometimes, the Gigglers make a mistake...

Can Robbie, Kayla, Jimmy and Rover the dog come to Mr Mack's rescue
before the poo hits the shoe?

Look out for more cheeky runaway comedies starring the Mack family
and Rover the wonder-dog: ROVER SAVES CHRISTMAS (9781407139739)
and THE MEANWHILE ADVENTURES (9781407139746).

Yuck, a Love Story

By Don Gillmor, Marie-Louise Gay (illustrator),

Book cover of Yuck, a Love Story

Why this book?

When Amy moves in next to Austin, he is not impressed. He doesn’t need any girls in his life to mess up his perfect existence. He has a dog. He has a best friend. And he knows that a T-Rex will eat a girl with freckles. This book perfectly captures the strange world of very young love in the most innocent and hilarious way. The characters are solid, but they develop in such wonderful ways throughout the story. The art makes it an even more enjoyable read, adding to the dry, witty humor and dialog in unexpected and fun ways.

Yuck, a Love Story

By Don Gillmor, Marie-Louise Gay (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Yuck, a Love Story as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


Minnie and Moo: The Case of the Missing Jelly Donut

By Denys Cazet,

Book cover of Minnie and Moo: The Case of the Missing Jelly Donut

Why this book?

Minnie and Moo are two cows who go on more adventures than any cows in history. Again, the humor works on multiple levels. Adults will laugh out loud over the cows’ realization that they are made of beef while kids will delight in their ridiculous adventures around the farmyard. Or on the moon. Or in Paris. Or even the hot tub. There are several books in the series and each one is absolutely delightful.

Minnie and Moo: The Case of the Missing Jelly Donut

By Denys Cazet,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Minnie and Moo as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.


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