Top 10 Best Funny Books for 3-year-olds

Little readers will be laughing their socks off at these vibrant, side-splitting stories! Featuring a host of quirky characters and lots of silly storylines, these funny books for 3-year-olds are both heart-warming and hilarious.

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1. Mog the Forgetful Cat

Judith Kerr

Judith Kerr's Mog the cat stories have enchanted children for generations - and had them bursting with giggles! Cuddly cat Mog always seems to be in trouble because of her forgetfulness. She forgets that she has a cat flap and that she's already eaten supper. But one night, her forgetfulness proves very useful... This loveable tale will delight little ones.

2. Flip Flap Jungle

Axel Scheffler

Children can concoct all kinds of crazy creatures in this funny flip-flap book! Featuring uproarious rhymes and flaps on each page so kids can mix and match different animal tops and bottoms, the interactive nature of this bright, bold book will have children hooked. Create a touger (a toucan tiger), a goeleon (a gorilla chameleon) and lots more!

3. Hugh Shampoo

Karen George

Young Hugh just will not wash his hair. He won't go near scissors, brushes or shower attachments and just hates having his hair washed or tampered with. But both of his parents are hairdressers, and when they decide to enter the 'Scissor Showdown' contest, Hugh's messy head of hair is under threat... This fantastically funny picture book follows a protagonist in a rather hairy situation!

4. Room on the Broom

Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

With charming illustrations and dynamic rhyming text, this rib-tickling tale will captivate little readers. It stars a witch with a brilliant broomstick, but when she loses her hat, her bow and her wand in a sudden flurry of wind, three small animals are happy to help - and they all want a ride on her broomstick in return! Will there be room? And what will happen when they stumble across a dragon?! This delightful tale is perfect for bedtime.

5. The Day the Crayons Quit

Drew Daywalt & Oliver Jeffers

When Duncan wants to start drawing and opens his box of crayons, he's got a surprise in store. Beige is fed up of being second choice to Brown, Blue is tired of all that sea and sky, Pink is waiting for the chance to shine and Yellow and Orange are barely speaking... If Duncan ever wants to draw again, he must save the day and reunite the crayons! With bright illustrations and a quirky storyline, discover the secret life of crayons in this unique, imaginative book.

6. A Little Princess Story: I Want My Potty!

Tony Ross

The Little Princess is fiercely independent and more than slightly stroppy - and she's determined to leave nappies behind! With wonderful illustrations and a simple, funny story, Tony Ross captures all the fun and frustration of being a toddler in this brilliant book.

7. Penguin on Holiday

Salina Yoon

When Penguin leaves the snow and ice of his home behind and jets off for a tropical beach getaway, he discovers lots of things he hadn't anticipated. You can't ski on sand, or sledge on sand, and don't even think about skating on sand! Just when he's about to give up and go home, he meets someone special who reminds him that when you're on holiday, it's not where you are but who you're with that matters. This heart-warming and hilarious story is sure to delight little readers.

8. The Rhyming Rabbit

Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

A little rabbit is so busy making up poems, he fails to eat his tea, misses the warning call for a fox, and makes himself extremely unpopular with his family when he keeps them awake reciting poetry! Filled with fun, humour and exuberant rhymes that are great to read out loud, this brilliant book contains glitter on each page and features hugely appealing illustrations.

9. The Bear Who Went Boo!

David Walliams

This gorgeous picture book from much-loved author David Walliams and sensational illustrator Tony Ross features a hilariously mischievous polar bear cub! He loves to go BOO! at the top of his voice, but doesn't always know when to stop - and it can get him into all sorts of trouble...

10. Aliens Love Underpants!

Claire Freedman

With lively illustrations and fun text, this rhythmic rhyme is guaranteed to delight little booklovers! What could be better than a bright, bubbly book about aliens... in pants?! This hilarious title is sure to inspire a love of books in young readers.

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    Children's Laureate Julia Donaldson introduces a rabbit who is so busy making up poems, he fails to eat his tea, misses the warning call for a fox approaching and generally makes himself unpopular when he keeps his family awake reciting poetry.

    Full of humour and bouncy rhymes that are fun to read aloud, The Rhyming Rabbit is a brilliant bedtime story with glitter on every page and fabulous illustrations from Lydia Monks.
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    The witch and her cat fly happily over forests, rivers and mountains on their broomstick until a stormy wind blows away the witch's hat, bow and wand. They are retrieved by a dog, a bird and a frog, and each animal asks for a ride on the broom. They climb on, one after the next, until the broom is so heavy that it snaps in two! What will happen next as they tumble into a bog and meet a greedy dragon?
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    Fiercely independent and more than a little stroppy, the Little Princess in I Want My Potty is sure to appeal to toddlers everywhere, especially if they're ready to leave nappies behind! With brilliant illustrations and a simple, witty story, Tony Ross captures all the fun and frustrations of being a toddler. This book is a must-buy if you're about to embark on potty training your little one!
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    With fabulous text and great illustrations, this jolly, rhythmic rhyme is guaranteed to bring a squeal of delight from your toddler! What could be funnier than a book about pants? A book about aliens in pants! And this one is full of them.

    Richard and Judy have helped us in our task to highlight the best books to look out for. Children tested and discussed some of the liveliest books available within each age band and chose two titles for each level. Aliens Love Underpants took one of the two prizes that were awarded in the 5 plus category. We heartily recommend this book for your younger reader as they begin to tackle books on their own.
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    With a subject matter that is sure to be familiar to both children and parents, Karen George's Hugh Shampoo tells the story of a boy who will just not wash his hair. Hugh won't go near scissors, brushes or shower attachments and just hates having his hair washed, combed or tampered with... But Hugh's parents are both hairdressers and when they decide to enter the 'Scissor Showdown' contest, his messy head of hair is soon under threat! This is a hilarious picture book with distinctive illustrations for children aged 3 and over.
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    With her Mog the cat stories, Judith Kerr created a classic children's book character who has won lots of admirers over the years.

    Cuddly, grey-and-white cat Mog always seems to be in trouble for her forgetfulness. She forgets that she has a cat flap and she has already eaten her supper. But one night her forgetfulness proves really useful.

    Although first published over 40 years ago, Judith Kerr's story, starring this lovable, accident-prone cat is still making children aged 3 and over laugh out loud.
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    Children will love creating crazy combinations of animals by flipping the split pages featured in this interactive book from Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.

    As well as the eye-catching artwork, the book has funny rhyming text and will help children learn all about different animal names and noises.

    Sure to be returned to again and again, there are over 100 different combinations to make and kids will love making a gorilla-chameleon hybrid known as a goeleon or even a toucan tiger - a touger!
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    When Penguin leaves behind the snow and ice for a tropical beach getaway, things don't start off quite the way he'd planned. "Ow!" Penguin learns that you can't ski on sand ..."Ouch!" He learns that you can't sledge on sand, either. And don't even think about skating on sand! But just when he is about to give up and go home, Penguin meets someone very special who reminds him that it's not where you go on holiday, but who you go with. An endearing follow-up to the heart-warming Penguin and Pinecone.
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    Duncan wants to start drawing but when he opens his box of crayons, he's surprised - Beige is fed up of being second choice to Brown, Blue is tired from being all that sea and sky, Pink is waiting for a chance to shine and Yellow and Orange are barely speaking...

    Battle lines have been drawn and only Duncan can save the day if he wants to colour in ever again. With its creative illustrations and a unique insight into the life of a humble crayon, The Day the Crayons Quit is a brilliantly funny and imaginative story that young readers will return to again and again!

    Written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by the award-winning Oliver Jeffers, this is a unique and original children's book that will bring a smile to the face of all who read it.

    Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers' The Day the Crayons Quit has been named the winner of the Red House Children's Book Award 2015.
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    The picture book dream team is back! Sure to delight young fans of The First Hippo on the Moon and The Slightly Annoying Elephant, David Walliams' new picture book The Bear Who Went Boo! stars a hilariously mischievous bear.

    At the top of the world, surrounded by snow and ice, lives a very cheeky polar bear cub who loves to go BOO! But this little bear cub doesn't always know when to stop and it can get him into all kinds of trouble...

    Illustrated by his long-term collaborator, the hugely talented Tony Ross, The Bear Who Went Boo! is a laugh-out-loud book to enjoy with young children aged 3 and above.