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I Funny: A Middle School Story (I Funny #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  9,250 Ratings  ·  1,325 Reviews
Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world's greatest standup comedian--even if he doesn't have a lot to laugh about these days. He's new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn't let Jamie's wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn't let his situati ...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published December 10th 2012 by jimmy patterson (first published January 1st 2012)
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Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Buddy reading with my 9 year old daughter. As she gets older and starts venturing closer to the YA section of the library, I find myself reading more middle grade books to see what she's reading, keep up with her interests and make sure everything stays age appropriate.
At my son's soccer practice earlier, my daughter brought this to read but then set it down to play frisbee. But as it was still 92° at 6 p.m., I declined to play. I also didn't bring a book for myself as I usually do because I'm
Mar 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I laughed and I cried. It doesn't get much better than that for me.
Once Upon a Twilight
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up purely to help out my son, who is behind on reading for pleasure. Which happens when you are a junior in high school. Being a middle school teacher for 10 years, I thought that I could breeze through this quickly, check it off the list and move to the next. See, I'm someone, who really doesn't watch comedies, sitcoms, read comedies, get jokes the first time they are told etc. etc. So when I saw I Funny and James Patterson, I thought, I'll give it a try. Now, this is the fir ...more
Feb 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
This is absolutely the least funny humor book I have ever read. I like to think I have a good sense of humor, even when it's humor aimed at tween-age boys. I have LOLed plenty at Jeff Kinney, Dave Lubars, John Scieszka and Andy Griffths. But I didn't laugh at this book. I think, maybe once, I cracked half a smile. "I Funny" not funny.

Jamie Grimm is a boy in a wheelchair. He lives on Long Island where he has been recently adopted by a humorless aunt and her humorless husband. He has become the p
Jan 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
I seriously hated this book. I don’t think any kid, especially a person in middle school could relate to this book. The chapters aren’t interesting or exciting. The jokes in the book aren’t funny. The genre of this book is realistic fiction/humor, but is neither funny nor relatable (being in middle school myself). James Patterson carries the story line on for over 200 pages to the point when the book just gets boring and is not exciting and doesn’t keep you in suspense. The story line was easy t ...more
Apr 12, 2015 rated it liked it
Cuando cayó este libro a mis manos lo primero que pensé fue “me voy a reír mucho” y no iba desencaminado. La primera idea que tenía sobre este libro es que era una novela de humor, con muchos chistes y poco más, pero por el camino descubrí una enternecedora y dura historia.

Para empezar no es una novela corriente de corte juvenil. Su protagonista es inválido y trata temas peliagudos sin dejar títere con cabeza no sin dejar atrás el humor. El sueño de Jamie es ser humorista y a pesar del poco apoy
Willa Valentine (paper.seas)
Sep 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
1 Star ★ That was the stupidest book I have ever read. In my life. And the worst part? IT WAS REQUIRED. Yes, this was my required reading book for English. THIS. It took me less than two hours to read and was a complete waste of time. Recommended, possibly, to second or third graders who would like to be comedian when they grow up. Even then, you may get bored. The jokes are probably stupider than your incoherent noises when you were two years old.

I am very disappointed in James Patterson.
Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Humor, heart, and hope with tons of reader appeal. Can't wait to hand this to my students.
Kenneth Marquez
Dec 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I reccomend this book to people that like jokes and also it was a preety good book because it was funny
Hannah Steil
Dec 01, 2017 rated it liked it
I liked it but I just really couldn stay focused. I liked how it was funny and sometimes seriouse. I liked how he had his own world inside his head. Like the zombies and how they represented people in his mind.
Tori I
Nov 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I just finished "I FUNNY" by: James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein. This is probably the best book I have ever read. I think it is a fabulous book because Jamie Grimm is really funny. His goal was to become the PLANET'S FUNNIEST KID COMIC, but I am not going to tell you what happens at the end. When he was little he got in a car wreck and his mom, dad, and little sister, Jenny, died, but he lived. The sad thing is he almost didn't and now he's in a wheel chair. I can sort of relate to Jamie whe ...more
Ms. Yingling
Nov 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Jamie Grimm wants to be a stand up comedian... well, a sitting down one, since he is in a wheelchair. He has some stage fright that he's working to get over, sometimes by being the class clown. He lives with an aunt and uncle, and his cousin Stevie bullies him mercilessly-- even pushing him out of his wheelchair and abandoning him at one point. Luckily, he has his Uncle Frankie, who lets him tell jokes to the customers in his diner, and several supportive friends who encourage him to enter the T ...more
Dec 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I picked this book up to have something to do during my lunch break. Patterson is always an easy read so I knew I could sit back and enjoy.

I liked Jamie as a character. I especially liked the emphasis on him being treated like a normal kid despite the wheelchair. And how he can poke fun at himself and assure others it's okay to laugh with him. There is a line between comedy and cruel, and I like that Jamie worried about crossing that line at one point during the book. He was just an average kid
Leona  Carstairs
Jan 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: library-books
The humour in this book is awful. It's lame and cringy and none of the "jokes" were remotely funny. The writing was horrid as well (what did I expect from James Patterson? Something worth reading? No way) And the illustrations were downright disgusting.

I officially rename this book i is not funny: a story of someone who needs to learn grammar and quit making leona cringe
Edward Ledesma
Nov 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book to read things that are funny and can understand what going on.I love this book because it has humor and has a lot of detail in it like your in the book.I think chances to have more books in the series.The book is about a kid named Jamie who loves to make people laugh so he enters a competition in New York to become the funnies kid in New York.
Dec 26, 2015 added it
Such a heartfelt comedy
May 06, 2018 rated it liked it
My kids at school are obsessed with this series, so I set a goal of trying one book a month that’s a suggestion from them.

It’s way cuter than I expected and I can hear the touches of Grabenstein. I loved his Lemoncello series. It’s entertaining, tender, and yes, funny.
Jul 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my sister's book and I just picked it up for fun since I miraculously reduced my own TBR pile to nada. It's a light read and had lots of jokes-- some of which I really didn't get and some I did get, but only very few made me chuckle. (I say chuckle because I didn't really laugh).

"He owns the oldest diner in the whole New York metropolitan area. It's so old, I think when it opened, Burger King was still a prince."

Ba-dumtssss. Anyway, that was my favorite joke from the book. I couldn't sa
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
IFunny By James Patterson is a book about a boy named Jamie Grimm who is a sit down comic because he is in a wheelchair he cant really stand up but he is a big joker.Some people dont like him but a lot of people think he is very funny and think he is really cool.Jamie also meets a girl who is also a pretty big joker and she helps Jamie with his jokes.She decides to give Jamie a poster that shows a contest for stand up comics and Jamie thinks about going.Jamie finally decides to sign up for the c ...more
Jul 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: middle grade readers
This is an entertaining story about a kid who just wants to be funny...and normal. We listened to Frankie Seratch narrate the story on audio CD during a weekend road trip.

We were on the last disk when we got to our location, so I had to finish the story by reading the book - I just couldn't wait for the return trip to hear the ending. Funny thing is that our girls did the same thing. We still finished listening to the rest of the story on our way home.

The story has a sincere feel to it; the au
Jan 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Patterson (the brand) has done a nice job of segueing into including some really fun and interesting books for younger readers. They are written in a format the blends illustration and text in a way that is somewhere between a graphic novel and a traditional novel. This is the newest book of three that do just that. This one introduces the readers to Jamie Grimm, a middle schooler hoping to make it big as the world's first sit-down comic. That's right ... SIT-DOWN comic. What makes Jamie differe ...more
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012
I loved this book. It's wonderful. I like it a lot more than I liked James Patterson's other books, even though I enjoyed those too. This book was hilarious. Seriously. It was also depressingly sad. But, in a good addicting way. Okay, so now I'm not making any sense, am I? Oh, well.
The Plot: I thought the plot was a creative idea and excecuted perfectly. Like, I'm not sure if they wrote it together, but if they did, then you couldn't tell it was told by two different people at all. The story ha
Linnea Shockey
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I Funny by James Patterson features a boy named Jamie, who’s goal is to become a comedian. His friends all tell him to enter a comedic contest, too. However, he lives with the Smileys, who never, ever smile. Jamie studies as much as he can on how to be a comedian. But will he ever cause the Smileys to crack a single grin with his jokes? Will he enter and win the contest? Read the book and find out!

This is one of my favorite books I’ve ever read. I love the playful and humorous writing, as well a
Nicole  :0
Sep 02, 2016 rated it liked it
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May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised by how funny this book actually is! I like how James Patterson writes - bold, clear sentences describing issues that other people might find awkward. You will find yourself rooting for the main character and laughing along with him. I recommend this book to any student who enjoys cartoons, jokes, or realistic stories.
Sep 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Laughter truly is the best medicine. As we follow Jamie's journey to become Long Island's best kid comedian, we can truly see how laughter can heal. What is on the outside a very funny book also has some poignant and deeply touching moments. Recommended for 4th grade and up.

ARC provided by publisher.
Eric Hernandez
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I Funny is a book about a boy named Jamie Grim. Jamie lost his parents and his sister and mobility of his legs in a car crash. Jamie has a dream to to be the kids funnies kid comic. But Jamie does not want to do it because of his stage fright that he has had for a long time. But Jamie always has his friends Ganor Percie and Gilda to give the confidants to do anything.
Madeleine Gamboa
Mar 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this book. This book is about a boy that goes to middle school and he wants to be a comedian. He has an enemy that is a bully and in the middle of the book he is the adopt brother.When he goes to the house they put them in the garage .In middle school he likes somebody he calls her the cool girl.Almost at the end of the book they kiss.
Caitlin Darr
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
i funny is a pretty funny book to other people, but not me... its about a middle school kid who wants to become a comedian and he wants to win the comedian contest. but im not gonna tell you if he wins or not... you'll have to find out by reading it yourself...
Noah Deluca
I think this is a good book for people like me because its funny and its a realistic fiction book too. This is one of my favorite books of all of the books and the cover is orange and that's my favorite color (I already read this)
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