Let the Reader Be One Step Ahead: Bookends Rules of Humor #3

BookendsLynn 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

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 BarnettTelephone, 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!



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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