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

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  1,668 Ratings  ·  144 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
Paperback, 224 pages
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 ...more
Aug 27, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
This is the story of 11 year old Gary Boone (or "Goon" as he likes to be called). Goon prides himself on making a joke of every situation, but he fails to recognize the negative effect his humor is having on his social relationships. When Goon makes a deal with his parents to quit telling jokes (in exchange for $100) he realizes how few friends he has. Ultimately, Goon (I mean, Gary) has to learn to cope in school and in life without hiding behind a wall of humor.

The book is endearing and the en
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
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.
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
Jun 27, 2008 Katelyn rated it it was amazing
I love pretty much anything by Louis Sachar. This one is hilarious. especially the end
Oct 12, 2016 william rated it really liked it
The Author of the book is Louis Sachar the title is Dogs don't tell Jokes. This book is fiction. I think the book is realistic fiction and I chose to read the book because I very much like the author Louis Sachar. The book is about a boy named Gary Boone. He loves to tell jokes and when a talent show comes up for his school he wants to join, and he wants his act to be comedy. He leaves once but then joins back. Throughout the story, Gary changes his jokes, and they become funnier, and he makes ...more
Oct 01, 2016 Ismail rated it really liked it
My book is called dogs don't tell jokes.It is about a boy called Gary W. Boone,and they call him the Goon.He thinks that he is the funniest in his school,but in fact, his jokes make people cringy,and that is why they call him the Goon.He wants to participate in a talent show in his school, and he wants the big prize,which is 100$.That was my little summary about the book.

There were alot of funny parts and moments that I enjoyed.My favorite part was when they hit him in school and he didn't even
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 ...more
After getting hooked on Louis Sachar from a childhood friend who lent me the Wayside School boxed set, I devoured 'There's A Boy in the Girl's Bathroom' and then this lesser known gem. It is the second book in the 'Someday Angeline' series (launched with the eponymous novel in 1983), but it seems the original book in the series is less popular. While I haven't read that earlier book, one can read this novel without missing much, as the character Angeline figures into the novel as the protagonist ...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
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 ...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 ...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 ...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.

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
Dec 22, 2011 Ayundabhuwana 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
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 ...more
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
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 ...more
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 ...more
Philippe Lhoste
Aug 31, 2013 Philippe Lhoste rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: roman-ado, humour
J'ai relu le livre précédent avant d'attaquer celui-ci.

Il se concentre sur un personnage secondaire du premier tome : Gary Boone, qui continue à faire des blagues qui ne fait rire personne (à part son amie Angeline) et qui rêve de devenir un comique, genre stand-up.

Toujours fin, avec une intrigue progressant gentiment (pas palpitant, mais agréable), une petite morale sous-jacente (soit toi-même) mais pas assenée, et une fin douce-amère un peu surprenante.
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
Akeim Greenland
Jan 26, 2010 Akeim Greenland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gary W. Boone knows he was born to be a stand-up comedian. It's the rest of the kids in his class who think he's just a goon. Then the Floyd Hicks Junior High School Talent Show is announced, and Gary starts practicing his routine nonstop. Gary is sure this will be his big break—he'll make everyone laugh and win the $100 prize. But when an outrageous surprise threatens to turn his debut into a disaster, it looks as if the biggest joke of all may be on Gary.
Natalie Walton
May 31, 2015 Natalie Walton rated it liked it
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Jul 28, 2013 Ramisha rated it it was amazing
For some reason this book has been pretty important to me, it was kind of the first book I ever read on my own, without it being some kind of assignment and I remember that at the time I could really relate with Gary, he was a bit of a social outcast and did embarrassing thing without even knowing it, that was me. So it felt nice to relate to a character so strongly, I used to feel like I was the only one which ofcourse is common. But anyway, I love this book.
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Louis Sachar (pronounced Sacker), born March 20, 1954, is an American author of children's books.

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