Lynn and Cindy: The Booklist Reader is moving on, but we enjoyed the debut Spotlight on Humor so much we’re not quite ready for the fun to end. Here is our last rule—for now—about what makes little kids laugh.
Rule #3: Kids Love Knowing More than the Characters
Everyone likes to feel smart and little kids love it, too, because they spend so much time not knowing things and being told everything or corrected by grownups. It’s especially fun for young readers when they know what is really going on in a picture book—and can wait for the characters to catch up with them.
How to Catch a Mouse, by Philippa Leathers
An adorable kitten announces that she knows everything there is to know about catching mice, even though she has never seen one. Giggles abound here as preschoolers can clearly see what Clemmie is missing—a very clever mouse indeed!
Telephone, by Mac Barnett
Mama Bird sends a message via a small feathered friend: “Tell Peter; fly home for dinner.” As the message flows from messenger to messenger it gets more and more garbled, to the delight of young readers who know what Mama Bird really said!