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Books TitleRECOMMENDED NOVELS WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN

P) HUMOR

CLEARY, BEVERLY
“Ramona the Pest” (1968)
And many others, with continuing characters. Cleary writes funny but sympathetic stories that seem very true to life. In this one, six-year-old Ramona Quimby thinks it’s unfair that she’s labelled a pest. When you’re the littlest sometimes you have to make a lot of noise!

CRESSWELL, HELEN
“Ordinary Jack” (1977)
And several sequels in the Bagthorpe Saga. Jack has a problem. Everyone in his large family is brilliant, or wildly eccentric, or both. He’s tired of being the ordinary one, and comes up with a plan to get some major attention. All the books in this series are delightfully funny and entertaining.

DAHL, ROALD
“Matilda” (1988)
A young girl with remarkable intelligence is surrounded by idiots, including her parents, who treat her poorly. She finds funny ways to get back at them, but the formidable head of her school, Miss Trunchbull, proves a more daunting adversary.

McCLOSKEY, ROBERT
“Homer Price” (1943)
“Centerburg Tales” (1951)
These connected stories take place in middle America, and star Homer, an average boy with a talent for creating funny situations without meaning to, and in fine comic tradition, Homer takes all the absurdities with deadly seriousness. In the first one, for instance, he captures some robbers with the aromatic help of a pet skunk. 

ROBERTSON, KEITH
“Henry Reed, Inc.” (1958)
And four sequels. Much in the spirit of the McCloskey books above, and illustrated by him, Henry is a serious young man, interested in scientific research. His journal details the various projects he and his assistant, Margaret Glass, take on, such as drilling for oil, and building a helium balloon. The results are hilarious.

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RECOMMENDED NOVELS WRITTEN FOR CHILDREN TOPICS

A) Classic Fantasy

B) Epic Fantasy

C) Animal Fantasy

D) Historical and Time Travel Fantasy

E) Other Fantasy

F) Science Fiction

G) Mystery

H) Historical

I) Classic Adventure

J) Vacation/Holiday Adventure

K) Wilderness Adventure

L) Other Adventure

M) Classic Family and Friends

N) Family and Friends

O) Real Life

P) Humor

Q) Classic Animals

R) Dogs and Cats

S) Horses

T) Other Animals and Nature

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