Boys and Literacy: Practical Strategies for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents

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Humor

Introduction
Some of the most successful stories for boys have been the slapstick, silly stories about taboo subjects that seem to have an unusual effect on boys. The more silly it is the more they like it. They like to read riddle books and joke books, they love puns. The more off-the-wall the humor is, the more they enjoy it. They delight in comic books and therefore any book written in a comic book format. They like silly illustrations. Books in which pranks and mayhem reign are their favorites. They find forbidden topics like bathroom humor to be the funniest.
Discussion Questions
What makes this story funny?
Is the humor at the expense of someone's feelings?
If there are illustrations, do they add to the humor?
If this is a joke book, have you shared any of the jokes with your friends?
Would this story make a good movie?
Are the characters believable or just too silly?
Is there anything unusual about the format of the book? If so, why is it appealing?

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction ix
  • What Does the Research Say? xi
  • Strategies for Change xvii
  • 1: Humor 1
  • 2: Adventure 9
  • 3: Information/Nonfiction 17
  • 4: Fantasy/Science Fiction 25
  • 5: Horror/Mystery 35
  • 6: Sports 43
  • 7: War 53
  • 8: Biography 63
  • 9: History 71
  • 10: Graphic Novels 81
  • 11: Realistic Fiction 87
  • Appendix A - Author Information Just for Boys 97
  • Appendix B - Magazine Information 121
  • Works Cited 135
  • Resources 137
  • Author Index 139
  • Title Index 149
  • About the Authors 165
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