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.

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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. Geek Girl

Holly Smale

Harriet is smart. She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear and that the average person laughs 15 times a day. But she can't figure out why she's so unpopular at school. Then, she is spotted by a top modelling agency, and her whole world is turned upside-down. Could this be the making of Harriet? Or will the fashion world be even crueller than that of the school? Harriet must attempt to hold everything together as she finally starts to reveal her true self in this funny, fierce story.

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. Truckers

Terry Pratchett

Imagine you lived in a world in which, all around you, thousands of tiny, courageous people hid from sight. These are the 'nomes', the stars of a trilogy of Terry Pratchett novels. In this first story, they live under the floorboards of a department store and have never seen the outside world - in fact, they don't believe in it. But new nomes arrive from an unknown place, and bring devastating news: the department store is closing down. This phenomenally funny, fantastic read is perfect for comedy fans.

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. Cakes in Space

Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre

This bizarre and brilliant book is packed with quirky characters and hilarious humour, guaranteed to delight kids! Astra's ship is in trouble. Something is lurking within the ship's canteen - something on the war path. On top of this is the problem of the pesky Poglites, a space salvage crew who have come to pillage the ship of its spoons. Only Astra and her reliable robot friend Pilbeam can stop the ship from being destroyed...

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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.

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    Harriet knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear and that the average person laughs 15 times a day, but it's a mystery to her as to why she is so disliked in school. Then she is spotted by a top modelling agent and her world is turned upside down.

    Could this be the making of Harriet? Or will the world of fashion be even crueller than her old life? As Harriet tries to hold everything together she finally begins to reveal her true self in this funny and feisty story.

    Winner of Best Book for Teens in the Waterstone's Children's Book Prize 2014 and shortlisted for Queen of Teen 2014, Holly Smale's debut is full of smart and sassy writing and also has an important message that will be sure to strike a chord with plenty of children aged 11 and over.
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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!

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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.
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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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    Bursting with ever-so quirky humour and eccentric characters that are sure to delight children aged 7 and above, Cakes in Space is a fun-packed new book from the brilliant Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre.

    Astra's ship is in big trouble! Something is lurking within the ship's canteen; something on the war path. And with added trouble from the Poglites - a space salvage crew who have come to pillage the ship of its spoons - Astra and her trusty robot friend Pilbeam are the only ones standing in the way of the ship's destruction...

    Absolutely packed with wonderful illustrations courtesy of Sarah McIntyre and dynamically written by Roald Dahl Funny Prize-shortlisted author Philip Reeve, Cakes in Space is as peculiar as it is side-splittingly hilarious!
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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.
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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.
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    Imagine that all around you, hidden from sight, there are thousands of tiny people. They are four inches tall, brave, stubborn and resourceful. They are the nomes. The nomes in this story live under the floorboards of a large Department Store and have never been outside. In fact, they don't even believe in outside. But new nomes arrive, from - where else? - and they bring with them terrifying news: the Store is closing down and Everything Must Go ...The fantastically funny first book of the nomes, from the author of the bestselling Discworld series.
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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.