Andrews, Jan. Rude Stories.A collection of international stories–originating from such places as Japan, Canada, Africa and Eastern Europe–all share a sense of irreverence and a taste for bodily functions, loud noises, and bad manners.
Atwater, Richard. Mr. Popper’s Penguins.The unexpected delivery of a large crate containing an Antarctic penguin changes the life and fortunes of Mr. Popper, a house painter obsessed by dreams of the Polar regions.
Benton, Jim. Franny K Stein: Mad Scientist. (Series) Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but when she has trouble making friends at her new school she experiments with fitting in–which works until a monster erupts from the trashcan.
Bruel, Nick. Bad Kitty. (Series) When a kitty discovers there is no cat food in the house, she decides to become very, very bad.
Burnham, Molly B. Teddy Mars. (Series) Ten-year-old Teddy Mars seeks to stand apart from his six siblings, none of whom could be called “normal,” by earning a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Child, Lauren. Clarice Bean. (Series) A girl describes the hectic life she leads among the members of her large family, and her search for a little peace and quiet.
Cleary, Beverly. Ramona. (Series) Beesus’ biggest problem is her 4 year old sister Ramona. Even though Beezus knows sisters are supposed to love each other, with a sister like Ramona, it seems impossible.
Cowell, Cressida. How to Train Your Dragon. (Series) Chronicles the adventures and misadventures of Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third as he tries to pass the important initiation test of his Viking clan, the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, by catching and training a dragon.
Cronin, Doreen. Chicken Squad. (Series) When the squirrel Tail comes barreling into the chicken coop ranting about a round, shiny, green, big, scary thing in the yard, Dirt, Sweetie, Poppy, and Sugar investigate this strange object.
Dougherty, John. Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face. (Series) Stinkbomb and his sister, Ketchup-Face, with help from King Toothbrush Weasel, go on an adventure to recover the stolen contents of their piggybank from a gang of rascally badgers.
Doyle, Bill. The Prizewinners of Piedmont Place. (Series) Eleven-year-old Cal must convince his lovably wacky family to compete in a contest where the winners are granted twenty minutes to grab anything from King Wonder’s world-famous shop.
Foley, Lizzie K. Remarkable.Ten-year-old Jane Doe, the only student average enough to be excluded from the town of Remarkable’s School for the Remarkably Gifted, is joined at her public school by the trouble-making Grimlet twins, who lead her on a series of adventures involving an out-of-control science fair project, a pirate captain on the run from a mutinous crew, a lonely dentist, and a newly constructed bell tower that endangers Remarkable’s most beloved inhabitant–a skittish lake monster named Lucky.
Graff, Lisa. The Great Treehouse War.Fifth-grader Winnie, with notes from her friends, writes of turning her treehouse into an embassy after her newly-divorced parents become unreasonable, where she is joined by nine others with complaints.
Griffiths, Andy. Treehouse. (Series) Follows the efforts of Andy and Terry to meet a latest book deadline despite numerous distractions in their sophisticated tree house home, including flying cats, giant bananas, and sea monsters pretending to be mermaids.
Gutman, Dan. My Weird School. (Series) Miss Daisy’s unusual teaching methods surprise her second grade students, especially reluctant learner A.J.
Hamburg, Jennifer. Hazy Bloom. (Series) When third-grader Hazel “Hazy” Bloom begins having visions of trouble that will come within twenty-four hours, she finds that this mysterious power provides her the ability to make things worse.
Holm, Jennifer L. and Matthew Holm. Babymouse. (Series) An imaginative mouse dreams of being queen of the world, but will settle for an invitation to the most popular girl’s slumber party.
Korman, Gordon. Maxx Comedy: The Funniest Kid in America.Eleven-year-old Max Carmody has wanted to be a stand-up comedian since he was five, so when a contest is held to find the “world’s funniest kid,” he goes through all kinds of craziness to win.
LaReau, Kara. The Unintentional Adventures of the Bland Sisters. (Series) Meet Jaundice and Kale Bland, two sisters who avoid excitement at any cost. One day, the Bland sisters are kidnapped by an all-female band of pirates. They’re unwillingly swept into a high-seas romp that might just lead to solving the mystery of what happened to their missing parents
Lee, Honest and Matthew J. Gilbert. Classroom 13. (Series) Unlucky teacher Ms. Linda LaCrosse wins the lottery and shares her winnings with her class. The students fulfill their dreams with their newfound wealth, but they soon learn that winning the lottery is not all that lucky.
Look, Lenore. Alvin Ho. (Series) A young boy in Concord, Massachusetts, who loves superheroes and comes from a long line of brave Chinese farmer-warriors, wants to make friends, but first he must overcome his fear of everything.
McDonald, Megan. Judy Moody. (Series) Third grader Judy Moody is in a first day of school bad mood until she gets an assignment to create a collage all about herself and begins creating her masterpiece, the Me collage.
Parisi, Mark. Marty Pants. (Series)When Marty finds a cryptic message that claims he is being observed by aliens, Marty attempts to head off this threat to Earth, find his missing cat, and get his homework turned in on time, with help of his best friends.
Paulsen, Gary. Mudshark.Principal Wagner confidently deals with a faculty washroom crisis, a psychic parrot, and a terrorizing gerbil, but when sixty-five erasers go missing, he enlists the help of the school’s best problem solver and locator of lost items, twelve-year-old Lyle Williams, aka Mudshark.
Pierce, Lincoln. Big Nate. (Series) Supremely confident middle school student Nate Wright manages to make getting detention from every one of his teachers in the same day seem like an achievement.
Pilkey, Dav. Captain Underpants. (Series) When George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking that he is the superhero Captain Underpants, he leads them to the lair of the nefarious Dr. Diaper, where they must defeat his evil robot henchmen.
Pilkey, Dav. Ricky Ricotta’s Robot. (Series) Ricky Ricotta, a small mouse, is being bullied at school, but when he rescues a powerful robot from its evil creator, he acquires a friend and protector–and saves the city from Dr. Stinky.
Pounder, Sibeal. Witch Wars. (Series) When Fran the Fabulous Fairy turns up in Tiga Whicabim’s shed to tell her she’s a witch, Tiga doesn’t believe her. Or at least not until Fran points out that TIGA WHICABIM is actually an anagram of I AM A BIG WITCH and magics her away down the drainpipes to compete in Witch Wars – the competition to crown the next Top Witch of Ritzy City.
Riley, Andy. King Flashypants. (Series) Nine-year-old King Edwin is loved by his people, but when he runs out of money evil Emperor Nurbison sees it as a chance to sieze control of Edwinland.
Salisbury. Graham. Calvin Coconut. (Series) Nine-year-old Calvin catches the attention of the school bully on the day before he starts fourth grade, while at home, the unfriendly, fifteen-year-old daughter of his mother’s best friend has taken over his room.
Skye, Obert. The Creature from my Closet. (Series) Twelve-year-old Rob has stuffed his closet with old laboratory experiments, unread books, and more, and when a creature emerges from that chaos causing a great deal of trouble, Rob has to do such horrible things as visit a library and speak at a school assembly to set things right again.
Trueit, Trudi Strain. Secrets of a Lab Rat. (Series) Fearless nine-year-old “Scab” McNally tries to get his twin sister’s help in convincing their parents to let them get a dog, but when he embarrasses her in school with a particularly obnoxious invention, it looks like he has lost her cooperation forever.
Vernon, Ursula. Hamster Princess.Never a conventional princess, Harriet becomes an adventurer after learning she is cursed to fall into a deep sleep on her twelfth birthday, but after two years of slaying ogres, cliff-diving, and more with her riding quail, Mumfrey, things go awry at home and she must seek a prince to set things right.
Walliams, David. Grandpa’s Great Escape.Twelve year old Jack’s grandpa lives in a rest home and often mistakes Jack for his World War II squadron commander, but when grandpa wants to escape his boring situation, Jack has to decide how he will help him.
Weeks, Sarah. Oggie Cooder. (Series) Quirky fourth-grader Oggie Cooder goes from being shunned to everyone’s best friend when his uncanny ability to chew slices of cheese into the shapes of states wins him a slot on a popular television talent show, but he soon learns the perils of being a celebrity–and having a neighbor girl as his manager.
Winkler, Henry. Hank Zipzer. (Series) Fourth-graders Hank, Ashley, and Frankie are excitedly preparing for a magic show at the Rock ‘N Bowl when Hank’s creative alternative to an English essay lands him in detention and grounded the week of the show.
Winkler, Henry and Lin Oliver. Here’s Hank. (Series) Hoping to land the lead in the class play, Hank freezes during his audition and is only able to buzz like a fly, inspiring his teacher to create a special role for him as a silent bookmark that saves the show when a rival suffers an attack of stage fright.
A large selection of joke and riddle books can be found in Juvenile Non-Fiction section 793.735.