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Dogs Don't Tell Jokes (Someday Angeline #2)

3.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,584 Ratings  ·  140 Reviews
'Why did the guy eat two dead skunks for breakfast?' 'Because dead ones squeal when you stick the fork in.' Gary W. Boone knows he was born to be a stand-up comedian. It is the rest of the kids in the class who think he is a fool. Then the Floyd Hicks Junior High School Talent Show is announced, and he starts practising his routine nonstop to get it just right. Gary's sure ...more
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Published November 17th 2001 by Bloomsbury UK (first published September 3rd 1991)
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Mar 21, 2012 Jenny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: character, tween
Gary Boone, or Goon as people call him, has a problem. He doesn’t have any friends at his school, he gets teased and bullied, and he hides his low self esteem and insecurity behind a wall of never ending bad jokes. He thinks his humor is the only asset he has and yet it seems it’s what cripples him the most. He knows people don’t like his jokes and he knows it will cause more teasing but he can’t turn off his barrages of verbal diarrhea. But he thinks that by showing off his best jokes at the sc ...more
Jul 06, 2007 nella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: notablechildrens
Just as funny and charming everytime I read it. :) Sachar's legendary wit and childlike sense of humor has you rooting for Gary through the whole novel. Charming, truly charming.
May 14, 2008 Blackmagic rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Its about this boy who has this dog and one day the dog all of the sudden starts to talk.Yea thats right TALKS kind of wierd because he tells a joke and freaks the lil boy out
Tori Essex
Feb 12, 2009 Tori Essex rated it it was amazing
this book was funny
Dani Butler
Feb 23, 2008 Dani Butler rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Children ages (9-12)
Shelves: childhood
This book is a mix between Louis Sachar's other works: There's a boy in the girls' bathroom and [Sideways stories from Wayside School]. Again from memory, it wasn't as serious as There's a boy in the girl's bathroom and it's nowhere near the realm of Wackiness that is present in the Wayside School series. This book is about a kid who tells jokes but very few people think he is funny. Like There's a boy in the girl's bathroom, the character is likeable and realistic and easy to relant to for ma ...more
Mar 13, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it

This book is about a boy called Gary W. Boone that wants be a comedian when he grows up. He always tell jokes to his classmates, so everyone are calling him GOON. However, there is a talent show, and that is the time that Gary can show his talent to everyone, and proves that he is not a goon. But Gary can not imagine that the talent show list does not have his name on it, so he can not be on the talent show. However, he still goes up, and makes everyone laugh. I think I should learn from him, I
Jan 29, 2013 Verena rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: realistic, humour
Gary Boone (people call him Goon) has a habit of turning everything into a joke. He can never be taken seriously, and people who are near him will never be taken seriously by him. He thinks he has a good talent, of making jokes, so he signs up for the school's talent competition and gears up for his first stand-up comedy show.

Egs of his jokes:
Do you feel like an egg this morning?
I don't know. How does an egg feel?
Just call me Humpty Dumpty.
Yes. You better not drop me. I might crack.

Was expe
Tween Reader
Jul 13, 2011 Tween Reader rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like a lot of kinds of books but I usually don’t love light, funny books like I loved DOGS DON’T TELL JOKES by Louis Sachar. The main character, 12-year-old Gary Boone is funny. At least he thinks so. He decides that if he tells jokes in the talent show, people will realize that he does have a talent. But things aren’t easy. Gary has his share of frustration, teasing, and school trouble. Maybe he should quit . . .
This book was hilarious, like most writing by Louis Sachar. It teaches to follo
Rhys R.
Jan 05, 2015 Rhys R. rated it liked it
It was a nice book with a funny storyline. Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes by Louis Sachar has nothing to do with dogs. Gary W. Boone, nicknamed Goon, knows he was born to a jokester, but it’s everyone else who doubts him. Then when Gary’s school puts on a talent show, Gary is sure it’s his big break. Gary then spends all of his time making up jokes, preparing them and putting them into order. While doing all this Gary forgets about his homework and then has to catch up on everything he’s missed, giving h ...more
Julie Decker
Jul 28, 2014 Julie Decker rated it liked it
Gary can't stop telling jokes. They just come out of his mouth. And hey, there's nothing wrong with being a class clown, though it's a little depressing when jokes are your whole life and yet nobody really thinks the jokes are funny. Gary can't seem to connect with others, but he's convinced people will respect him more if he wins the talent show as a comedian. But what if no one wants to give him a chance? How can he be expected to put such an important part of him on the shelf . . . and what w ...more
Aug 14, 2015 Saqiralewis rated it it was amazing
i think dogs don't tell jokes is a interesting and funny book at the same time for kids to read also to read as a class together my class and i have read this book before and it was like amazing to me to have a book like this to read and so i am trying to read it again but on my computer and like my class finished the book and when we just started to read a couple of the chapters i was like i can't stop reading this book it was like i would not take my eyes off of books and i always say to frien ...more
Dec 16, 2015 Shay rated it it was amazing
This book tells about a boy named Gary Boone, or Goon, that’s how everybody calls him (don’t worry, he is totally fine with it). I guess Gary is kind of a goon, he always laughs, even when the joke is on him, which happens on a daily basis.
Even though only one person laughs at his jokes, Gary thinks he is hilarious, he wants to be a stand up comedian when he grows up. When a talent show at his school is announced Gary is the first one to sign up, of course he is going to tell jokes. Gary is sure
Jun 27, 2008 Katelyn rated it it was amazing
I love pretty much anything by Louis Sachar. This one is hilarious. especially the end
Jul 08, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was lovely. I liked Angeline and this sequel was just as good because Goon is my favourite character. The jokes were so lame and cheesy but very sweet and cute at the same time. I loved how Goon uses his humour to mask his vulnerabilities and how he makes the best of every situation. I thought his parents were a bit mean sometimes and unsupportive of his dreams of becoming a comedian but it was a lovely ending with the talent show and it pulled the whole story together. I love Louis Sa ...more
Mar 19, 2011 Jeanna rated it liked it
Shelves: children-books
First of all, don't read this book soon after you've read Mockingbird. Otherwise you'll end up thinking this kid has some form of mild and undiagnosed autism spectrum issue. It's not just that he's weird; that's to be expected. It's that there are some things that he really just doesn't seem to get. It reminded me a lot of the character in Mockingbird because she has a hard time with idioms (is that the right word? I think so). She takes everything so literally. And there several times when this ...more
Hugh Goovaerts
May 24, 2012 Hugh Goovaerts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dogs Don’t Tell Jokes by Louis Sachar has nothing to do with dogs. Gary W. Boone, nicknamed Goon, knows he was born to be a stand up comedian, but it’s everyone else who doubts him. Then when Gary’s school puts on a talent show, Gary is sure it’s his big break. Gary then spends all of his time making up jokes, preparing them and putting them into order. While doing all this Gary forgets about his homework and then has to catch up on everything he’s missed, giving him less time to practice for th ...more
May 04, 2013 Jaina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book is hard to pin-point an age range for. The MC wants to be a comedian, and so constantly tells sort-of funny jokes in preparation for the school talent show. I'd give this to the 11-year-old I know who loves really bad jokes, but there is also mention (in a humorous way) of a woman's long-legged-ness, and jokes about envisioning people (including said beautiful woman - who's the boy's teacher) in the shower. Because of this, no 11 year old boy should read this. So where does that put it ...more
Ann Moody
Oct 21, 2014 Ann Moody rated it it was amazing
As with all things Louis Sachar, the resident 8-year old and I are just as pleased as punch with this book. Its predecessor was so well-received as to demand a sequel, and alas there is just this one.

Angeline plays a smallish role with a backseat to her BFF Gary, a pair of misfits who wouldn't seem all that suited to one another, but there you have it - their friendship just works. We enjoyed getting to know Gary better as he deals with situations that both kids and adults can relate to.

Dec 22, 2011 Ayunda rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-dont-own
"So'd you hear?" he asked. "They're not making pencils any longer."
"They're long enough already!"

I was on a library scanning on a bookshelf when I was attracted by the title. Picking up this book, I was surprised to find out that it was written by Louis Sachar! I immediately started reading, hoping it will be as awesome as Holes (I know, when it comes to authors, I compare their different genre-d books all the time. Just check out my other reviews!).
It wasn't really as awesome as Holes, but it's
Andd Becker
Aug 21, 2012 Andd Becker rated it liked it
A common childhood theme is explored: the challenge of what to do when peers laugh AT you instead of WITH you. The boy nicknamed Goon wants classmates to laugh with him, as he fancies himself a comedian. He is the penultimate joke-teller.
Trouble is, many of his jokes are unfunny. Still, he enters a talent show. Then he quits. He signs up again, and somehow, they make room for him on the program.
Something has changed. He has had an epiphany of sorts. He came to an understanding that some of hi
Victoria Beaudoin
I really enjoyed this book. It was funny and I think the students will really enjoy the book and want to find more books that have the same kind of humor. This book was something everyone of all ages could read and enjoy. I would recommend this book.
Brandon Current
Mar 28, 2016 Brandon Current rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Re-read from childhood

A good book for 5-7th grade class-clowns, outcasts, school-nerds. Can lead to self-realization of annoying traits, as well as gain some awareness of the social landscape and becoming more comfortable in school.
Natalie Walton
May 31, 2015 Natalie Walton rated it liked it
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Dec 29, 2015 Catherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any kid
What a great little book this was! I was pleasantly surprised.

This author really does know kids and how they work. His characterization of this little guy who's obviously a bit clueless (socially speaking) reminded me of several kids I went to school with. Gary, the main character in the book, knows he doesn't fit in but just can't quite work out how to be like the rest of 'them' (thank goodness!) The bullies also reminded me of past schoolmates. =(

The whole story was engaging and witty and diff
Maggie Burgess
Dec 27, 2014 Maggie Burgess rated it it was ok
Not nearly as good as Someday Angeline. It was cute, but the jokes got old. I don't blame his parents for encouraging him to quit telling them! Cute ending, although I'm not sure why a new girl was introduced at the very end... This one was just okay.
Aug 12, 2008 Swankivy rated it liked it
This was kind of a lukewarm book for the talented Sachar. It's about a kid who's so obsessed with telling jokes that he doesn't realize that it's become his whole personality . . . which is especially bad if people just don't really think his jokes are funny. When his parents cook up a scheme to temporarily tempt him to stop telling jokes (in exchange for $100), he starts to realize that he hasn't formed any real relationships and doesn't know how to. Making fun of everything and making people l ...more
Jan 06, 2016 Catherine rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I enjoyed this book.

See review on my blog.

May 15, 2015 ABC rated it it was amazing
Shelves: older-kids
Love this hilarious book. Just wonderful The protagonist (Goon) is twelve, so it is a good jhs book.
Julia Haddad
Feb 09, 2014 Julia Haddad rated it liked it
This book is pretty good and funny it also has a good story plot. I recommend this book.
Raevyn (Christian and Proud)
Sep 08, 2014 Raevyn (Christian and Proud) rated it really liked it
More poignant than I remember from when I read it at 7 years old.
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Louis Sachar (pronounced Sacker), born March 20, 1954, is an American author of children's books.

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