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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
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Published May 9th 2017 by Viking
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La Coccinelle
This is a bit different. Here's an anthology that incorporates short stories with essays, comics, and more.

Here are my thoughts on the individual pieces:

"How to Tell a Joke" by Delaney Yeager & Mackenzie Yeager

This is sort of a how-to on joke telling. Unfortunately, it isn't funny. In fact, it's kind of offensive. Apparently, Mackenzie was really struck by an amputee former drug addict who came to talk to her school. Many of the jokes in this piece revolve around that. Are those really her jokes
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Heather
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
Cheryl
Jul 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not all that funny, imo. A little too earnest, imo.
No new-to-me authors (I already know about Raina Telgemeier and Adrianne Chalepah is not an author (but I will youtube for her comedy).

I'm going to just say that I'm not the target audience. Your young daughter/ niece/ inner child may like it much better.
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Colby Sharp
Feb 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, anthology
This book is really funny.
Suzanne
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
Cortney
Dec 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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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!) ...more
clara
so, as i did literally seconds ago, i'm reviewing a book just because i saw it in my feed. we're really in that mood right now aren't we?
ew why why why am i asking myself questions? hmmm maybe because i have no one else to talk to. obviously.

here i go just having an in-depth conversation with myself. fun.

anyway. i do too much of using the review box as an excuse to make bad jokes, lament about my life, and generally say weird stuff no one cares about, so we should really talk about the book now.
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Alex  Baugh
Nov 06, 2017 rated it liked it
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
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
Stephanie
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, children-s-lit
I bought this for my 4th grader as it had her favorite author Raina Telegeier in it. My daughter loves it and rereads her favorites almost every night in bed. She wanted me to read her favorite which the Fleamail ones. I have to admit I had a smile on my face the whole time. They were absolutely delightful. I also really liked Dear Grandpa. It’s been a great way to introduce my daughter to new authors through short stories. I highly recommend it for young readers who already enjoy any of the fea ...more
Alicia
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.
Lynn
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not That Funny

I'm not in the age group intended for this book but I do teach them. There are the some jokes that are funny but some that mistake frenetic wording with funny. I'm sure there are kids who love this but so many of these books about nothing are becoming a dime a dozen and it would be great to try something else for this reading level.
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Heidi
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
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 Lisa Gr
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Cara
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!
Amber K.
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). 😂
Meg
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
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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. ...more
Beth
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!
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. ...more
Mrs. Mazzola
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
3.5 rounded up to 4

Humorous, but uneven collection of short stories. Some stories were hilarious and others were not particularly compelling. I did enjoy the diversity in authors and styles and I know some readers that will enjoy this book.
Kathie
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.
Chloe Larson
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!
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.
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.
Cornmaven
Sep 21, 2017 rated it it was ok
Clearly I am not the target audience for this book. But having said that, I was sadly disappointed in the quality of some of the stories. The graphic novel stories were wonderful. Lenore Look's contribution on the Chinese zodiac was just plain boring. The Bella/Rover thing got old.

Carmen Deedy's story of a mother's quirky new bathtub ritual was funny but bothered me because I couldn't tell if it was a non-fiction essay or a fictional story. It felt more like an adult reminiscing instead of a kid
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Elizabeth
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-readers
I was ready to love this. I'm all for girl-power, but this book did not meet my expectations at all. The stories in it would probably be funny to middle-school girls reaching puberty (I probably wouldn't have liked it then either), which is admittedly their target audience, but I found them simply crass, crude, and a sad excuse for a joke. To be fair, there were a few chuckles in one or two stories that were mildly funny. ...more
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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

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