Top 10 Best Funny Books for 11-year-olds

Bursting with laugh-out-loud humour, these funny books for 11-year-olds are guaranteed to have kids in stitches! They feature silly storylines, peculiar characters and plenty of mishaps and misadventures.

1. The World's Worst Children

David Walliams

This novel features ten cautionary tales about some truly terrible children! Featuring Sofia Sofa, a TV addict so glued to her sofa that she's starting to turn into one, and Dribbling Drew, a boy whose drool gets him into serious trouble, these hysterical tales will delight children with their pure dreadfulness. They also feature brilliant illustrations by Tony Ross.

2. Withering Tights

Louise Rennison

This riotously funny read is filled with teenage angst, drama and fun. Set in a summer school at a performing arts college somewhere Up North, boys, snogging and terrible acting are guaranteed when Tallulah Casey sets out to fulfil her theatrical dreams. From the hilarious author of Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging, kids are sure to laugh out loud at this uproarious read.

3. The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole

Sue Townsend

This fantastically funny fictional diary stars Adrian Mole, a spotty teenager who faces a host of typical teenage troubles. Featuring embarrassing parents, unrequited love, bullies and bad poetry, this modern classic will enthral children approaching their teenage years.

4. Gangsta Granny

David Walliams

This funny and moving story features a young boy and his seemingly very ordinary grandmother. Ben is bored and fed up at his grandma's house. She only ever wants to play Scrabble and eat cabbage soup all day. But Ben is about to discover some interesting facts about his grandmother: firstly, that she was once an international jewel thief, and secondly, that she has been plotting to steal the Crown Jewels all her life, and now she needs Ben's help. This exciting and hilarious story will somewhat subvert children's ideas about grandparents!

5. Catherine Wilkins Collection

Catherine Wilkins

This hilarious series is a must for comedy fans. Jessica and Natalie are best friends but they fall out dramatically after new girl Amelia shakes things up. 11-year-old Jessica has plenty of silly adventures that will feel relatable for kids aged 11+ in this laugh-out-loud collection. 

6. Roald Dahl's Stories

Roald Dahl

Discover the bizarre, hilarious and phizz-whizzing tales of the wonderful Roald Dahl, including The Twits, Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and more. Explore his wondrous worlds and quirky characters in these truly gloriumptious stories, featuring Roald Dahl's distinctive wit and spellbinding storytelling.

7. Holes

Louis Sachar

This brilliantly funny book tells the story of Stanley Yelnats, whose family has a history of bad luck. He's not even surprised when he ends up in a juvenile detention camp in Texas for a crime he didn't commit, but can't believe that all he and the other boys have to do all day is dig holes. How boring! But it's not long before Stanley realises that what he'll need to dig up is the sinister truth...

8. Only You Can Save Mankind

Terry Pratchett

Terry Pratchett's brilliant mind gave us many terrific books including this hilarious read for kids. Johnny Maxwell loves his video games and spends his days playing his favourite alien invasion game. That is, until he is pulled into the game to save the alien race from destruction and there are no screens to hide behind this time. 

9. Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind

Andy Robb

Archie is 14 and a geek to the core. He's a level 5 Mage in the world of role-playing games, capable of casting spells and summoning the Undead. But the real world has no rule book for navigating Life's Big Challenges, including warring parents, a tactless stepfather, orc-like bullies and horrendous hair. But then a Beautiful Girl appears. The nearest Archie has come to an encounter with a girl is painting an Elven miniature. Can he succeed on a Daring Quest to win her heart? A gloriously geeky book that celebrates all things nerdy with hysterical style.

10. The Private Blog of Joe Cowley: Straight Outta Nerdsville 

Ben Davis

Need a book for Diary for Wimpy Kid fans as they get older? The Private Blog of Joe Cowley books are the perfect reads to give them next. Joe faces all manner of difficulties on the way to being cool and in this particular story Joe and his friends are excited to be living in their own place and enjoying city life. What could possibly go wrong? 

  • Roald Dahl Collection - 15 Books - Collection - 9780141371337 - Roald Dahl
    NROJ 7 years +
    7 years +
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    There are no other authors quite like Roald Dahl. A supreme storyteller with a wicked sense of humour, his characters and stories are timeless and unforgettable.

    With striking new artwork to celebrate the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations and a keepsake slipcase featuring Quentin Blake's iconic illustrations, this 15-book collection brings together all Dahl's classic children's novels.

    From Mr. Hoppy and Mrs Silver to Mr & Mrs Twit; and from giant peaches to magic medicines; this is a collection bursting with unique characters, hilarious situations and unforgettable storylines - as well as Dahl's wicked sense of humour.

    An essential addition to any bookshelf, the likes of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches and Fantastic Mr Fox have shocked, excited and entertained generations of children and now's your chance to own them all - whatever your age!

    Format: paperback
  • AVG2 10 years +
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    Johnny Maxwell is just an ordinary boy - not smart, popular or rich. But he does love video games. And as his parents argue themselves out of a marriage, Johnny plays at becoming humanity's' last hope, shooting invading aliens out of a pixelated sky. Then comes a message from the last remaining alien spaceship: We Wish to Talk. And suddenly Johnny is thrust into the very real world of the video game, and comes face to face with an alien race that needs his help. Only Johnny can save them. And this isn't a game any more . . . The first book in the Johnny Maxwell trilogy.
  • HOZ2 11 years +
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    Award-winning author Louis Sachar is a terrific storyteller who always has an original and interesting perspective.

    Holes tells the story of Stanley Yelnats, whose family has a history of bad luck. Stanley's not too surprised when he's sent to a juvenile detention centre in Texas for a crime he didn't commit, but even he can't believe that all he and the other boys have to do is dig holes all day.

    Before long, Stanley realises that what he must actually uncover is the truth... Readers from 11+ who love a good story will find this totally unputdownable.
  • WCE2 9 years +
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    Written by David Walliams - an author who is proven to know just what kind of buttons to press to get kids giggling - The World's Worst Children introduces a delightfully dreadful cast of characters!

    Presented in full colour, the book features five beastly boys and five gruesome girls including Sofia Sofa, a girl who loves TV and is so stuck to the sofa she's turning into one, and Dribbling Drew, a boy whose drool gets him into trouble on a school trip.

    A collection of wickedly funny short stories, there's even a special appearance from Raj - a character who has appeared in all of David Walliams' bestselling novels. The tales are accompanied by Tony Ross' hilarious illustrations.
  • ATB2 10 years +
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    Too old for wimpy kid? Meet Joe Cowley! Blog! You have NO IDEA how happy I am right now. I'm smiling so much, I look like The Joker in a wind tunnel. GET A LOAD OF THIS: - Harry, Ad, Greeny, and me are living in our own flat, right in the heart of the city. I know, amazing! We're city-slicking, hard-hustling, good-timing, not-even-missing-our-mummies-one-little-bit city boys. - The Sound Experience are about to sign a major recording contract and as their manager I intend to shake the music industry to its core with my unconventional approach. - AND I'm dating a cool older girl, who is totally into my sophisticated city-boy charm. Big things are happening! The Tammerstone Massive are keeping it real and living it large. Fame, fortune, and fast cars await definitely won't end in failure, fiasco, or fighting ...The fourth book about the unstoppable, unfathomable, and unbelievable Joe Cowley, in a series being hailed as Diary of a Wimpy Kid meets The Inbetweeners. Perfect for anyone who loves to laugh at others misfortune on YouTube or Instagram and packed with masses of illustrations and doodles by top illustrator Mike Lowery.
  • Catherine Wilkins Collection - 4 Books - Collection - 9781788005319 - Catherine Wilkins
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    Comedian Catherine Wilkins' hilarious books perfectly capture the trials and tribulations of pre-teen friendship. They follow the likeable best buds Jessica and Natalie as they fall out and become worst enemies when the snooty Amelia shows up...

    Jessica is 11 years old and loves drawing cartoons and making dinosaur cookies. Amelia is the new girl at school and quickly forms a bond with Natalie. Jessica feels left out and things get even worse when the others form a secret club that deliberately excludes her... To get revenge, Jessica forms a gang of her own and calls it the ACE club. Soon she's made an unlikely friend in one of the school's toughest girls and has the chance to stop Amelia's bullying for good.

    Jessica also finds herself paired up with arch-enemy Amelia in the school musical; and has to deal with the jealousy of others when a local comic shop wants to use her cartoons in a campaign...

    Written with wisdom, sensitivity and a fine sense of humour, these books will strike a chord with young readers who are experiencing similar issues at school. They will appeal to readers of Jacqueline Wilson, Anne Fine and Cathy Cassidy.
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  • AEKJT 12 years +
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    Archie is fourteen years old and a geek to his core. In the world of role-playing games, he's a Level 5 Mage, capable of summoning the Undead. In this world, things are rather different. With no rule book to navigate Life's Big Challenges - warring parents, a crass step-father, orc-like school bullies and rubbish hair - he's teetering on the brink...Then a Beautiful Girl appears in his Geeky world...Despite the fact that the closest he's come to an encounter with a girl is painting an Elven miniature, Archie embarks on a Daring Quest to win her heart.
  • WRT2 11 years +
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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.
  • DAM2 12 years +
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    For a pimples-and-all look at teenage life, The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4 has it covered. Spots, embarrassing parents, unrequited love, bullies and bad poetry feature in abundance in Sue Townsend's modern classic.

    Loveable outsider Adrian Mole's pseudo-intellectual observations on all aspects of teenage life will have young adult readers in stitches, but there are some thoughtful and sensitive observations that will strike a chord, too.

    A simply fantastic and very funny book from the much-missed Sue Townsend that introduced one of the most-loved characters of recent times.
  • GGQ2 9 years +
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    Moving and utterly hilarious, David Walliams' bestselling story of prejudice and acceptance, entwined with funny lists and wonderfully silly words, shows exactly why he is one of this country's most popular children's authors and a Red House favourite.

    Great for avid young readers who want a moving and hysterical novel in one, Gangsta Granny is also perfect for encouraging even the most reluctant kids to get reading with its Dahl-like wackiness and Tony Ross's characteristic illustrations. Ben's granny may look normal: grey hair, false teeth, a tissue up her sleeve. But in actual fact she's plotting the biggest jewel heist in history and she needs Ben's help!

    Funny, emotional and a must-read for children aged 9+. David Walliams was the 2013 Red House Children's Book Award Younger Readers category winner for Gangsta Granny.

    This children's book has been hand-picked for you by Red House.