Top 10 Best Funny Books for Children

Filled with fun and lots of laughs, these side-splitting stories will have kids laughing their socks off! See below for the very best funny books for children, ordered by target age.

1. Who's in the Loo?

Jeanne Willis & Adrian Reynolds | Toddlers

This dynamic, witty book is guaranteed to appeal to babies and toddlers with its bold illustrations and toilet-themed humour! There's a long queue for the loo, and two children try to imagine what could be causing the hold-up. Could it be a tiger who needed a tiddle, a wombat who wanted a widdle, or a penguin too frozen to piddle? This hilarious, rhyming book will have you and your child laughing out loud.

2. Mog the Forgetful Cat

Judith Kerr | 3+

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.

3. The Wonderful World of Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss | 5+

The vibrant stories of Dr. Seuss are bright, fun and completely crazy! Featuring all the best-loved stories such as The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas and Green Eggs and Ham, kids will adore these quirky stories and lively illustrations, which are sure to inspire a lifelong love of reading.

4. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Judy Blume | 7+

Peter reckons he's got the world's biggest problem: his little brother, Fudge. Fudge causes trouble wherever he goes, and usually, it's Peter's job to clear up his mess! When Peter wins a tiny green turtle called Dribble, he resolves to keep it away from his brother, but somehow, Fudge gets his hands on Dribble... and disaster strikes! What will happen to the little turtle and the bond between the brothers? Discover this hilarious tale from much-loved children's author Judy Blume.

5. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Jeff Kinney | 7+

This worldwide bestseller is beloved by kids from New York to Newcastle! It stars Greg, who finds himself thrust into a new school, where scrawny little weaklings like him must share the corridors with bigger, meaner, tougher kids who are already shaving. Greg decides he must try to become cool, and attempts to do so through his popular friend, Rowley. But what will happen when their friendship is tested to the limits?

6. Roald Dahl's Stories

Roald Dahl | 7+

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. Cakes in Space

Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre | 9+

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...

8. Gangsta Granny

David Walliams | 9+

This funny and moving story stars 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!

9. Withering Tights

Louise Rennison | 11+

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.

10. Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind

Andy Robb | 12+

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? This gloriously geeky book celebrates all things nerdy in hysterical style.

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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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    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.
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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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    Jeanne Willis has created a witty and lively picture book that is bound to appeal to toddlers and their toilet-obsessed imaginations. With brilliant illustrations from Adrian Reynolds, who is well known for his Harry and the Dinosaur books, and an energetic rhyming text, Who's in the Loo? is a lovely read for toddlers from 1+.
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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.
  • Roald Dahl Collection - 15 Books - Collection - 9780141371337 - Roald Dahl
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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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    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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    Peter thinks he has the world's biggest problem - his little brother, Fudge. Fudge causes trouble wherever he goes and it's usually up to Peter to sort out the mess. When Peter wins a tiny green turtle called Dribble, he's determined to keep it away from his brother. But when Fudge does get his hands on Dribble - disaster strikes! A new cover edition of the first book in this hugely successful series from the bestselling author and household name Judy Blume.
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid Collection - 10 Books - Collection - 9780141385839 - Jeff Kinney
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    Zoo-wee-mama! Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid books have now sold over 75 million books worldwide - with 10 million of those sales coming in the UK alone.

    Book People's latest slipcased collection brings together the first 10 books following the misadventures of Greg Heffley and his crazy family including, for the first time in paperback, Old School.

    Greg is an average American schoolboy, but he has a habit of getting into embarrassing but hilarious situations. These books follow his diary 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 are sure to have children laughing out loud.
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  • The Wonderful World of Dr Seuss Collection - 20 Books - Collection - 9780007823505 - Dr. Seuss
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    The Cat in the Hat, Green Eggs and Ham, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, Horton Hears a Who... Dr. Seuss' creations are timeless and here you can read all of the stories starring this zany cast of characters for one unbelievable Book People price.

    With books full of crazy rhymes and weird and wonderful characters , this collection even contains some Dr. Seuss books you may not be familiar with just yet - making it all the more fun to read!

    Wild, wacky and energetic, you'll love reading these books almost as much as your children will enjoy listening to you read them. With 20 little hardbacks displayed in a box, this collection will inspire a lifelong love of quirky reads in your children.

    Please note each book size is 160 x 115mm