Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Funny Girl” as Want to Read:
Funny Girl
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Funny Girl

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  559 Ratings  ·  136 Reviews
Sharyn November at Viking has acquired Funny Girl, a humor anthology for girls ages 9-12, curated by Betsy Bird and featuring short stories, personal essays, comics, and poetry from nearly 30 female writers, including Lisa Graff, Cece Bell, Jenni Holm, Shannon Hale, and Rita Williams-Garcia. A portion of the proceeds will support WriteGirl, a creative writing and mentoring ...more
206 pages
Published May 9th 2017 by Viking
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Funny Girl, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Kasey First, you spelled "does" wrong. Second, it was so good, it took me a day when I really got into it.

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
Rating details
Sort: Default
Betsy Bird has brought together a diverse group of some of the funniest contemporary female writers in this hilarious anthology for middle-graders. Shannon Hale's hysterical short story about a baby-sitting nightmare is sure to have readers laughing out loud, as will Carmen Agra Deedy's story about her mom setting fire to the bathtub. Comic-type stories include Lisa Brown's brief memoir about her brother sticking a Tic-Tac up his nose. Leila Sales' how to for playing make-believe should be requi ...more
Colby Sharp
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, anthology
This book is really funny.
Apr 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-kid-lit, netgalley
Editor Betsy Bird has collected some wonderfully funny writing, all by female writers. Well, there was one brother involved, but she assures us that they kept "him in line." (That would be Jennifer Holm's brother, Matt.) The book is a mix of graphic shorts, advice on various subjects, short stories (some semi-autobiographical), quizzes, and even MadLibs to predict your future. Whatever the chosen format, they are all humorous. There is Carmen Agra Deedy's story of her mother setting fire to the ...more
Abby Johnson
I appreciate the diversity in this collection of funny short stories (and comics, mad libs, etc.) by female authors. Although this collection was written to entertain and to highlight funny females, there is also a strong message about girls having self-confidence and being positive about their bodies. "Funny" is hard for me to judge, but there's a little something for everyone in here. (Due out in May!)
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
As with most short story collections that I've read, the quality of the stories varied. I enjoyed some of the stories a lot more than others. Some I found rather odd such as A Most Serious Recitation of the Poem "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer, Rendered Most Seriously (and with the utmost care) By The Hand of Cece Bell with a pasted in picture of Benjamin Franklin debating with a pig, amusing but really odd. There were several stories that were quite informative (sort of) such as How to Tell a Joke by D ...more
Alex (not a dude) Baugh
On the train to and from NYC and Hershey, I did get to read this new anthology of stories edited by Betsy Bird. You've no doubt heard of all the authors who contributed to this work, and they are pretty funny. Among my favorites were "Dear Grandpa: Give Me Money" by Alison DeCamp, "Swimming is for Other Kids" by Akitah Hughes (and a story I can personally relate to), and "Brown Girl Pop Quiz: All of the Above" by Mitali Perkins. There are a wide variety of story topics but they are all definitel ...more
Liz Friend
The story: Actually, it's a bunch of stories--funny stories about being a modern girl. If you're a fan of humor that comes in small doses, this is the book for you!

June Cleaver's ratings: Language G; Violence G; Sexual content G; Nudity G; Substance abuse G; Magic & the occult G; GLBT content G; adult themes (getting your period, underwear, feminism) PG; overall rating G.

Liz's comments: Pretty sure MS girls will find these stories funnier than I did. ;) My favorite was "Over and Out" by Lis
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was SO FUN! I didn’t read ALL of the stories with kids because some of the stories are mature and talk about puberty, bras and periods, so I figured something me students could find those and read them on their own. I did, however, read aloud Babysitting Nightmares by Shannon Hale and the kids were ROLLING with laughter! Definitely a fun one to read out loud (be prepared for the potty humor though). 😂
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-kids
Loved it! My favorite was the introduction by Besty Bird. My teenage boys read a couple of the stories, ok I made them do it, but they laughed! My next two favorites were Dear Grandpa Give Me Money by Alison De Camp and One Hot Mess by Carmen Agra Deedy.

There are stories that will make adults laugh. There are also stories and activities geared just toward kids. Ultimately it is for kids, as advertised. Good stuff!
Dec 10, 2017 rated it liked it
Focused on sharing the funny of a girl’s life, Bird collects popular middle grade and YA authors to write in the style that works best for them (graphic, short story, etc) about all the ridiculousness of being a girl and how sometimes you just need to shake it off.

Lighthearted and endearing but not earth-shattering. Just the right about of sweet and realism.
Theresa Grissom
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Oh My Goodness... this book is hysterical!! I laughed SO hard through most of the stories, my family was giving me strange looks. I made my 17 year old daughter read some of the stories as well. I dared her not to laugh. She did. My personal favorites were: Dear Grandpa Give Me Money, One Hot Mess, Fleamail, and (especially) A Public Service Announcement About Your Period. (Still wiping the laughter tears from my eyes over that one!) I plan to purchase this for my library and suggest this to the ...more
Jun 09, 2017 rated it liked it
Full Review: http://heathersreadinghideaway.blogsp...

Quick Review: This anthology is SO sweet! There is a lot of great humor, and I think it's a great book of writing for young girls! Some of the writings were a little cringe-y for me but I am assuming that it's because I am not the age demographic. Overall I recommend it.
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Betsy Bird has asked very funny female writers for young people, ages 9-12, to create a story whether in prose, poetry, or graphic novel format. The results of her edited book are amazing! Students and adults will absolutely love this realistic fiction/fantasy short story book. Whether you are reading about a babysitter who has a more than a horrible experience one night with twin girls, a mom who cleans a bathtub by setting it on fire, or a girl wearing a full costume for swimming class in the ...more
Mary Ann
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As television comedy writers Delaney and Mackenzie Yeager explain in their opening entry, "Joke-telling is the greatest superpower a gall can posses." Being a comedian takes confidence--a combination of audacity and courage to put yourself out there.

Short personal essays are among my favorites. In "One Hot Mess," Carmen Agra Deedy shares about the time her mother set a bathtub on fire to get rid of the germs, unwittingly melting the fiberglass tub in their new apartment. The collection ends with
We need more books like this one!!! This book is so funny and cute! There is not a bad short story in the bunch! I laughed so hard at so many places that it would take me hours to write this review if I wrote them all down. Please read this book! To the publishers and authors...please write and publish more funny books for tweens and teens...they need them!!! I am so excited to booktalk this gem!
C. L.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Lots of clever little stories from great female authors, designed to make the point to young kids that, yes, women can be funny. (Apparently that's still a thing.) Sleek and good for laughs. Recommended.
Ariel Cummins
Like most short story collections, this book has some chapters that were great and some that were not so great. Still, it's fun to have all theses female authors in one place, so that tweens can maybe discover a new favorite! Also enjoyed the graphic novel inclusions.
Sara Lang
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grabbing this for my 11 year old niece for her birthday. It is an anthology of short funny stories that middle schoolers will love.
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This fun book is a ton of crazy and funny stories for girls, such as a babysitting horror story! This book is so good you should read it!
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A book of funny stories, written by fantastic female authors, aimed at girls, and written in a wide variety of formats. My favorite chapter was written by Alison DeCamp; it was hilarious letters exchanged between Trixie and her Grandpa.
Mar 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Melanie Coombes
Apr 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a cute, funny book that is actually a collection of very short stories written by over 20 women know for their humor. The book is written for a younger audience, perhaps age 10 to 13. It was fun to read. Some of the stories were comics, poems, a zodiac description, their was even a mad-lib. Many were just short stories that will appeal to young girls. It's a great book to empower girls while at the same time mixing in humor and sarcasm. I received a complimentary e-book from the publishe ...more
Lisa C
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017-books
Not a personal favorite. I like the idea of this book more than I actually liked each of the stories.
Stellar collection of memoir/funny stories/girl humor in many different formats (including a Raina comic). Absolutely 100% on target for 4th and 5th grade. Will fly off the library shelves and start to fall open to certain passages. Good stuff about getting your period and bra shopping too. Kids will love.
Saloni More
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Funny Girl is an anthology of short stories, comics, personal essays and MORE for young girls. Brought to you by twenty-five female writers (and one brother--that would be Matt Holm), Funny Girl is guaranteed to make you laugh. At least it made me laugh. :)

Spoilers ahead.

This book wasn't exactly a work of fiction nor was it non-fiction. It was kind of a mix of both. I'm going to review it in a general style rather than focusing on plot and pacing, characters, and writing style.

Overall, I thought
Mar 14, 2018 rated it liked it
The title uses the word "Funny", so I imagined that as I read there would be pain in my side and tears streaming down my cheeks at the hilarity these stories would contain. I'd say they are somewhat humorous. When I read children's books, MG, and some YA, I am always reading from my readers, K-6, POV. I am always thinking, who would enjoy reading this?, who should I recommend it to? So, when I say that they were "somewhat humorous" I am speaking from that mindset.

I believe that some of the stor
Jul 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Everyone likes to laugh. No one can ignore the importance of laughter especially with the stresses faced by many contemporary adolescents. But editor Betsy Bird has another use for humor—as a superpower, especially for young girls. Just how powerful can bullies be if you join in with them on making fun of you?
Funny Girl is a collection of humorous stories stories in a variety of genre: graphica, poetry, letters. illustrated prose, script, … written by about 25 different authors, including my fa
Jul 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the stories in this book from beginning to end. Many of my favorite authors and illustrators shared some of their most humbling experiences in their young teen years, such as Betsy Bird describing how she defused an embarrassing moment confronted by her crush with a quick twist in perception, Meghan McCarthy stapling her thumb, Jennifer Holm's adolescent Babymouse burning her whiskers off, and Lisa Graff's story about the embarrassing travels of her sister's pink bra. Deborah Underwood ...more
Feb 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
It took me a while to get to this one, but when a kid nervously whispers to you upon returning it, "There's a story about periods in here," you say, hmm, I should probably move that up on my queue. It's not quite what I had hoped for, in a way that feels almost wrong of me to admit. Based on reviews, author list, and story formats, I've recommended it to our 3rd-5th reluctant readers, but really it's for our 4th and 5th graders with more than one toe into puberty. It's going to be a fine line re ...more
Dawn Moews
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile, young-adult
This anthology of short stories written by girls (mostly) for girls is a treat. Stories are included from many popular authors and reflect the variety of the styles in which they write. As is true of most anthologies, there is quite a disparity in the content and quality of the stories. My favorite is "One Hot Mess" by Carmen Agra Deedy. I found myself laughing out loud while reading the story.

If I were a classroom teacher, I would most definitely want to have this book in my classroom and in th
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
Born in Kalamazoo, Michigan, undisputed center of the universe, Betsy Bird (nee Elizabeth Ramsey) grew up and promptly left Michigan the moment her legs could propel her southward. She didn't get far. Obtaining a B.A. at Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana (home of recorded jazz and don't let anyone tell you otherwise) she set her sights on Portland, Oregon. When that didn't pan out it was Minnea ...more
More about Betsy Bird
No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »