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Knock, Knock

3.94  ·  Rating Details  ·  109 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
The knock-knock joke: a kid classic. So many funny, punny punchlines. It was just screaming for its own book. To do this classic joke justice, we decided to gather fourteen of the best-known and most talented children?s book artists to illustrate their favorite punchlines. The results are wacky, zany, and absolutely hilarious. If you knock on Tomie dePaola?s door, beware! ...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published September 20th 2007 by Dial Books (first published 2007)
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Jun 20, 2016 Tara rated it really liked it
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This book is great for a read aloud or a shared reading because of the repetition. Young learners can follow along with ease. The illustrations also help with this - some students may be able to guess what the joke is based on the picture alone. For example, the first joke is "knock, knock, who's there? Lettuce, lettuce who?" This would allow for the introduction of a new reading strategy- using pictures to figure out the word. You can choose to introduce some of these jokes or all of them, but ...more
Feb 17, 2009 Janet rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens
Any book that makes my kids (4 and 7) laugh on the first read-through and inspires a half-hour of knock-knock improv afterward gets 5 stars from me, any day.
May 28, 2014 Libby rated it really liked it
My kids are completely into jokes these days, especially knock-knock jokes. They still don't quite "get" what makes jokes funny (although with me for a mother, they may never...), but that doesn't stop them from laughing their heads off when one of them tells (or makes up a joke). This collection was neat because each joke was illustrated by a different artist, mostly well-known children's illustrators. The jokes ranged in both their level (some I could explain to the kids, some I didn't bother ...more
Knock knock jokes written and illustrated by some beloved children's authors/illustrators. Kindergarten and first grade students enjoyed identifying the art styles of some illustrators we have studied, though some jokes were definitely stronger than others. Also included brief bios from each of the contributors. A fun read-aloud for young elementary students.
May 19, 2014 Shoshana rated it it was amazing
The jokes are painfully lame, but everything else is amazing.

I very much appreciate that a good chunk of the illustrators said they would like some sort of food to come a-knockin'.
Angie  Moore
May 12, 2016 Angie Moore rated it liked it
Pretty funny!
Sep 17, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
This book is hysterical! The entire book is comprised of knock-knock jokes by different authors and illustrators. Children love knock-knock jokes. This book can be used to discuss word play with students. After reading the book, students can write their own knock-knock jokes. I believe this is one of the books that children will talk about for months, and maybe even years, after they read it. Great for a classroom library!
Jul 06, 2012 Angie rated it really liked it
My favorites are Judy Schachner's and Saxton Freymann's. Though they were all pretty funny.

I never remember punch lines to jokes. But the pics are the best part of this book, anyway!

I think we have ... something very similar at school ... about Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road with lots of authors/illustrators answers. Will need to get this one to go along with it. How did I miss it?
I guess I didn't really expect the jokes to be funny to me . . . but I'd forgotten how truly groan-worthy knock knock jokes by their very nature are. Unavoidable! But, also, the kids didn't laugh. They just didn't laugh. They did not get the jokes, and they didn't think they were funny. A few of the illustrations were cute, but man, what a downer.
Mrs. Brandt
Each joke is expertly brought to life by one of 14 well known illustrators. I distributed other books by these 14 illustrators to the students and asked them to compare and contrast the different styles. The challenge to the students was then to match the illustrator to the joke, based on the characteristics of the style
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Feb 24, 2014 Bacon Meh rated it it was amazing
Sep 05, 2009 Amber rated it really liked it
Best Knock Knock joke book I have seen in a while. Funny and great illustrations. There is a collection of some of the most popular artist's work in this book. It is fun to go back through it just to match faces with the work, as there is a little quote from each illustrator at the end of the book.
Jun 15, 2010 Holly added it
Recommends it for: whimsical, humorous people who want to read to children
My child thought this book was great. We read it enough times he actually understood the repetition of "Knock Knock" and he would respond, "Who's there?" The collaboration of illustrators on this book is enough to take a peek. And some of the jokes aren't half bad either.
Jun 22, 2008 Kate rated it liked it
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I say it all the time - I hate jokes. And only one or two of these elicited even a slight chuckle. But, I did enjoy the collection of illustrators and the chance to see their interpretations of some classic and not so classic knock knock jokes.
Excellent collection of silly, lame and funny Knock! Knock! jokes. This is a fun one to share with pre-schoolers and primary students because they are so into this form of humour.
Jan 25, 2008 M rated it really liked it
This has given some form for my preschooler's jokes. She still tries her own, but they make more sense now! Fun preschool senses of humor.

May 20, 2009 Francie marked it as to-read
Amelie and her big sibs love knock-knock jokes! Hope to find this at the library for the summer reading program!
Aug 28, 2009 Jim rated it really liked it
the four year old i read it to thought it okay, he didn't understand many of them. but a6 year old will loveit
Jul 16, 2008 Lisa rated it really liked it
Love the concept. This joke book could be used as a springboard for an illustrator/author study.
May 06, 2008 Vanessa rated it really liked it
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This is a fun Knock Knock book because it is illustrated by several great illustrators.
May 23, 2012 Magpie67 rated it it was amazing
Fun and silly! We love knock knock jokes in our house.
Amy Brown
Dec 02, 2007 Amy Brown rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: humor, nonfiction
Shelves: k-3rdgrade
Jokes by fourteen wacky & talented artists.
Apr 16, 2012 Marcus rated it really liked it
Shelves: jokes
I really really love funny jokes!
Mar 09, 2010 Nik rated it it was amazing
I really liked the jokes in this book.
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Sophie Blackall grew up in Australia where she learned to draw on the beach with sticks, which has not altogether helped her sense of perspective. She completed a Bachelor of Design in Sydney, which furnished her with useful Letraset, bromide and enlarger machine skills. The following few years were spent painting robotic characters for theme parks, providing the hands for a DIY television show, a ...more
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