Laugh-out-loud Books

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    The launch of a new David Walliams book is one of the highlights of the year in children's books and we're so excited to read the epic tale of The Ice Monster.

    Elsie is an orphan who lives on the streets of Victorian London. When she hears reports of a woolly mammoth (The Ice Monster of the title) being spotted at the North Pole, she makes it her mission to see for herself.

    A chance encounter later and Elsie is on the adventure of a lifetime - all the way from London to the heart of the Arctic... Will Elsie's dreams come true?
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    The Meltdown is the 13th hilarious book in Jeff Kinney's bestselling Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. It's full of laugh-out-loud doodles and diary entries.

    When snow shuts down Greg Heffley's middle school, his neighbourhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson.

    It's a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighbourhood meltdown. When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?
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    David Walliams provides another 10 horrendously hilarious stories about some rather horrible children in the latest book from his bestselling series.

    Illustrated by Tony Ross, the tales focus on children including the tantrum-laden Tandy and 10-year-old Hank, who loves playing pranks on his long-suffering family.
  • The 13 Storey Treehouse Collection - 7 Books - Collection - 9781529008227 - Andy Griffiths
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    Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid and David Walliams will love Andy Griffiths' The 13-Storey Treehouse. Now presented in a cool slipcase, these engaging books are wonderfully wacky, amazingly anarchic and marvellously madcap. In fact, we'd go as far to say you'll be laughing at these tales just as much as the kids!

    Andy and Terry live in the world's greatest treehouse and in the first book (The 13-Storey Treehouse) you will learn about how it houses everything from a giant catapult to a tank of man-eating sharks and, perhaps best all, a machine that fires marshmallows at you when you're hungry.

    As the series progresses, this magical treehouse receives a number of 13-storey extensions - and things continue to get crazier! The 29-Storey Treehouse finds it being home to an ice-cream-serving robot called Edward Scooperhands; The 39-Storey Treehouse has a roller coaster providing the thrills; The 52-Storey Treehouse is home to a real-life game of Snakes & Ladders; The 65-Storey Treehouse has a birthday room where it's ALWAYS your birthday; The 78-Storey Treehouse only finds an ALL-BALL sports stadium being added to the development; and the 91-Storey Treehouse contains a human pinball machine.

    The short chapters and wild plots make these paperback books instantly appealing and Terry Denton's amazing illustrations just add to the thrills!

    This collection includes books 1-7 in Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton's The 13-Storey Treehouse series. Format: paperback
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    Greg Heffley and his family return for another laugh-out-loud misadventure in The Getaway - the twelfth book in Jeff Kinney's all-conquering Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.

    It's getting cold and Christmas is coming so the Heffleys decide there's only one thing to do: head off to a tropical island to escape the stress of the season and enjoy some much-needed rest and relaxation.

    A few days in paradise is meant to work wonders but, as ever with the Heffleys, things are never that simple. They suffer sun poisoning, stomach trouble, venomous creatures and so much more.

    Can anything save their holiday or will the getaway end up being a grand disaster? Complete with the trademark illustrations and plenty of funny situations and observations, this is a must for any Wimpy Kid fan.
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    The World's Worst Children are back in this selection of short stories from the one and only David Walliams.

    Illustrated in full colour by Tony Ross, this book introduces beastly boys and gruesome girls and this time around they're ruder, more disgusting and worse than you could ever imagine! You'll be delightfully horrified by the antics of Gruesome Griselda and Fussy Frankie.

    Presented in beautiful hardback, these ten stories even feature a special cameo from the fan favourite, Raj!
  • The Accidental President Collection - 5 Books - Collection - 9780192771902 - Tom McLaughlin
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    Grown-ups have had their turn at running things, and let's face it, they've been rubbish. These books find the kids taking charge and enjoying roles as the prime minister, the President, a secret agent, a billionaire and even Father Christmas!

    Very funny and filled with fantastic illustrations, these charming stories are easy to follow and will appeal to those who enjoy David Walliams or the Treehouse books.

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  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid Collection - 12 Books - Collection - 9780241351802 - Jeff Kinney
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    Containing books 1-11 in Jeff Kinney's bestselling (10 million and counting!) series all the way up to Double Down, plus a Do-it-Yourself activity book, this is a collection that belongs on every young reader's bookshelf. Zoo-wee-mama!

    Greg is an average American schoolboy, but he has a habit of getting into embarrassing but hilarious situations. These laugh-out-loud books follow his journal as he makes observations on his days and doodles away.

    From classic road trips to tales of hard luck and the terrifying prospect of finding a date for Valentine's Day, these misadventures are sure to have children (and you!) laughing out loud.
    This collection contains books 1-11 in Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.
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    From the makers of Despicable Me and the Minions, The Secret Life of Pets was one of 2016's biggest family films.

    Revealing what pets get up to when their owners are away, it introduces Max and Duke - two battling pups who head off on an unbelievable adventure.

    The film is barking-mad hilarious the voice cast includes the very funny Louis C.K, Eric Stonestreet, Lake Bell and Kevin Hart. This novelisation provides a full retelling and includes full-colour images from the film. You'll want to get your mutts on it!
  • The World of David Walliams Collection - 6 Books - Collection - 9780007974702 - David Walliams
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    Celebrate 10 years of David Walliams' children's books with our six-book collection! David is one of the greatest storytellers around and his charming stories - many of which have been adapted into popular TV shows - are inspired by the devilish humour of Roald Dahl.

    Presented in a keepsake slipcase, this collection includes his 2008 debut The Boy in the Dress. This is a story all about a boy who doesn't fit in. When he tries on a dress, his life changes. But should he keep this a secret? Mr Stink follows and this is a book about a stinky tramp who has a surprising past.

    Billionaire Boy is about how money can't buy you everything, especially friends; while Ratburger follows Zoe as she tries to keep her beloved rat safe from Burt of Burt's Burgers; Demon Dentist is jaw-achingly funny; and Awful Auntie finds Stella Saxby battling her aunt for her rightful inheritance of Saxby Hall...

    Books that will make children think, cry and laugh (a lot!), these belong on every young reader's bookshelf. Don't be surprised if you end up enjoying them just as much as your children!

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    The eleventh story in Jeff Kinney's all-conquering Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Double Down finds the pressure really piling up on Greg Heffley.

    Greg's mom thinks video games are turning his brain to mush, so she asks him to put down the controller and 'explore his creative side'. As if that wasn't enough, Halloween is coming around quick and he's getting frights from every angle.

    He finds a bag of gummy worms and this sparks an idea... could he make a movie to get his mom off his back? And could his directorial debut make him rich and famous? You just know things won't go quite to plan.
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    The Pudding Problem, the first book in Joe Berger's Lyttle Lies series is a laugh-out-loud read that finds Sam Lyttle's little white lies coming back to haunt him.

    Sure to appeal to fans of Barry Loser and Tom Gates, this is a funny illustrated book with plenty of appeal for all kinds of readers.
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    The Bad Beginning, the first book in Lemony Snicket's wonderful and bestselling A Series of Unfortunate Events, introduces readers to the misadventures - and misfortune! - of the Baudelaire children Violet, Klaus and baby Sunny.

    Their misfortunes begin when Mr. Poe informs them that their parents perished in a fire that destroyed their whole house. But, of course, what follows is even more dreadful... The children thought it was bad when the well-meaning Poes bought them grotesque-colored clothing that itched, but when they are ushered to the dilapidated doorstep of the miserable, thin, unshaven, shiny-eyed, money-grubbing Count Olaf, they know that they - and their family fortune - are in real trouble.

    Reminiscent of Roald Dahl and Charles Dickens, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events is ideal reading for children aged 9 and above - and this is the perfect place to start!
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    The Hundred-mile-an-hour Dog is a Red House Children's Book Award winner and a popular choice for keen young readers.

    It's the Easter holidays and Trevor's mum bribes him to walk Streaker the dog every day. Thirty pounds is a big bribe but Streaker can out-accelerate a torpedo, so this is not a doddle of a job. Trevor finally agrees to the deal, little realising that this won't be the only problem of the holidays...

    Yelps of laughter abound in Jeremy Strong's hilarious book for readers aged 5+!

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.
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    A brilliantly funny, gripping novel from a born storyteller, The Parent Agency is an epic wish-fulfilment adventure for every child - and for the child in everyone. Barry said, a third time, "I wish I had better parents!" And then suddenly the entire room started to shake...Barry Bennett hates being called Barry. In fact it's number 2 on the list of things he blames his parents for, along with 1) 'being boring' and 3) 'always being tired'. But there is a world, not far from this one, where parents don't have children. That's far too random for something so big and important. In this world, children are allowed to choose their parents. For Barry Bennett, this world seems like a dream come true. Only things turn out to be not quite that simple...Illustrated by Roald Dahl Funny Prize winner, Jim Field.
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    With a phizz-whizzing new cover to mark 100 years of Roald Dahl, this is the story of a foul and smelly couple known as The Twits.

    Mr Twit has bits of cornflake and sardine in his beard, while his wife Mrs Twit is a horrible old hag with a glass eye. When they're together, they are probably one of the nastiest couples you're likely to meet. They love to play awful pranks on each other, too.

    The Twits are such a nasty couple that they keep Muggle-Wump the monkey and his family locked in a cage on their garden. But they haven't bet on the monkeys making a plan to trick them...

    One of Dahl's funniest stories, the story is accompanied by Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations.
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    This is a picture book debut by a rising talent that tells a cumulative tale with a cheeky twist, aided by graphically simple, and truly hilarious, illustrations. The bear's hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. But just as it he begins to lose hope, lying flat on his back in despair, a deer comes by and asks a rather obvious question that suddenly sparks the bear's memory and renews his search with a vengeance. Told completely in dialogue, this quirky take on the classic repetitive tale plays out in sly illustrations laced with visual humour and winks at the reader with a wry irreverence that will have kids of all ages thrilled to be in on the joke. This title comes from an exciting new author/illustrator talent, previously an artist for Dreamworks Feature Animation. It features subversive humour sure to please children and adults. It is perfect as a read aloud.
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    Why on earth did Norm's family have to move, anyway? In their old house he'd never tried to pee in anything other than a toilet. And when Norm is in bed, he's kept awake by his dad snoring like a constipated rhinoceros! Will life ever get less unfair for Norm?
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    Shark-tastic! Stink gets to sleep with the fishes after his parents win an aquarium sleepover. But wait - what's that lurking beyond the KEEP OUT sign? When Stink's parents win tickets for the whole family to sleep over at the aquarium (along with Stink's two best friends), it sounds like a science freak's dream come true. Stink loves the sea-creature scavenger hunt (Bat ray! Brain coral!), the jellyfish light show and the shiver of sand tiger sharks with razor-sharp teeth. And of course Stink is nuts about gross stuff - but after some spooky stories around the virtual campfire, can he fall asleep while thinking about the eating habits of the vampire squid? Especially Bloody Mary, the mutant, glowing Frankensquid that's supposed to be on the prowl? This is the ninth book in the popular series about Judy Moody's little brother, Stink. Stink's aquarium sleepover is not only educational and funny, it's spooky!
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    Kes Gray struck a chord with his toddler picture book Eat Your Peas, and he now introduces Daisy to an older readership In Daisy and the Trouble with Zoos. Illustrated by Nick Sharratt and Garry Parsons, Daisy's adventures with penguins will have newly independent readers laughing uproariously. This brilliant book was a winner of a Red House Children's Book Award and will delight readers from 7+.
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    Simply told, beautifully illustrated and with a gripping plot, Carnegie Medal winner Anne Fine's story of a ferocious feline is a satisfying read to stretch a beginner reader.

    Ellie is horrified when her cat Tuffy drags in a dead bird, and even more so when he follows that with a dead mouse. Tuffy's just doing what comes naturally, but he'll need to change his ways or he'll end up in even more trouble.

    Written from Tuffy's point of view, The Diary of a Killer Cat is funny, gripping and purr-fect.
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    In Withering Tights, Louise Rennison has created another riotously funny look at teenage angst.

    Set at a summer school held in a performing arts college somewhere Up North, boys, snogging and bad acting are guaranteed when Tallulah Casey sets out to fulfil her theatrical dreams! Louise Rennison truly deserves her Queen of Teen award.
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    The 30th Dirty Bertie adventure might be his most disgusting yet. He's picked to be the mascot for Pudsley Rovers, attempts to get expelled from summer camp and makes a robot called Bootosaurus to replace Miss Boot!

    These short and sharp stories are very funny and perfect for reluctant readers.
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    Winner of the Blue Peter Books Awards' Best Book 2015, The Spy Who Loved School Dinners by Pamela Butchart is a hilarious delight for young readers.

    Izzy is really pleased to have been put in charge of the new girl at school. Matilde is French, and Izzy and her friends can't wait to show her their den and its moth, and to help her avoid school dinners (also known as poison). But Matilde LOVES school dinners and even has seconds! And that's when they know. Matilde is a spy and she has come to find out their secrets.

    They must stop her before it's TOO LATE!!!