Humorous Fiction (Grades 2-4)

Amato, Mary.  Drooling and dangerous : the Riot Brothers return!  J Fic Amato 
Three more hilarious, gross-out stories featuring Orville and Wilbur Riot. 
Contents The Riot Brothers become spies — The Riot Brothers star in a movie — The Riot Brothers have a Dwitch Say — Bonus!

Angleberger, Tom.  Inspector Flytrap.  J FIC Angleberger
Hoping to become the greatest detective that ever grew, Inspector Flytrap, a Venus Flytrap, and his assistant, Nina the Goat, investigate “big deal” mysteries at an art museum, a cookie shop, and a garden.

Blume, Judy.   Freckle Juice.  JPB Blume
Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon’s freckle recipe for fifty cents.

Bolling, Ruben.  Alien Invasion in My Back Yard: An Emu Club Adventure.  J FIC Bolling
Eleven-year-old Stuart Tennemeier, along with his best friend Brian and his sister Violet, founds a club to investigate the everyday mysteries, like locating a lost game controller, that may just save the world.

Cazet, Denys.  Minnie & Moo and the Seven Wonders of the World.  J FIC Cazet  (SERIES)
Two cows try to save their farm by creating seven wonders and asking the other animals for donations to see them, but there is a wondrous and frightening creature in the woods that could foil the plan.

Conford, Ellen.  Annabel the Actress Starring in “Gorilla My Dreams”.  J FIC Conford
Though a little disppointed that her first acting part is to be a gorilla at a birthday party, Annabel determines to really get into the role.

Conford, Ellen.  Jenny Archer, Author.   J FIC Conford // JPB C
Stymied by an assignment to write her autobiography, Jenny decides to enhance her life story by using her considerable imagination.

Cronin, Doreen.  The Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure.  J FIC Cronin  (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.  SEQUEL: The Case of the Weird Blue Chicken: The Next Misadventure (2014).

Danziger, Paula.  Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon.  J FIC Danziger (SERIES)
The year she is in the third grade is a sad time for Amber because her best friend Justin is getting ready to move to a distant state.

DiCamillo, Kate.  Leroy Ninker Saddles Up.  J FIC DiCamillo  (Tales From Deckawoo Drive SERIES)
Forging an instant bond with spaghetti-loving horse Maybelline, horseless cowboy Leroy Ninker inadverently risks eternal loneliness when he forgets a vital rule about Maybelline’s care.  SEQUEL: Francine Poulet Meets the Ghost Racoon (2015).

Hanlon, Abby.  Dory Fantasmagory.  J FIC Hanlon
Dory, the youngest in her family, is a girl with a very active imagination, and she spends the summer playing with her imaginary friend, pretending to be a dog, battling monsters, and generally driving her family nuts.

Hayashi, Nancy.  The Fantastic Stay-Home-From-School Day.  J FIC Hayashi
Best friends Leona and Eddie plan a fantastic day at home, but it backfires when Eddie gets sent to school, and separately they each go from disaster to disaster.

Krulik, Nancy.  Super Burp!   JPB K (George Brown, Class Clown SERIES)
When fourth-grader George starts at a new school, he vows to become a model student instead of the class clown he has always been, but just as his plan is going really well, he is overtaken by a magic burp that turns him back into a mischief-maker.

Lacey, Josh.  The Dragonsitter.  J FIC Lacey
Disaster ensues when Eddie is asked to care for his uncle’s pet dragon while the latter takes a week-long vacation.

Laster, Eric.  The Adventures of Erasmus Twiddle : Grmkville’s Famous & Talented Not-Detective.  J FIC Laster
In the small town of Grmkville, young “not-detective” Erasmus Twiddle solves the Case of the Missing Rubber Chicken, the Case of the Soggy Dumpling, and other mysteries.

Lawlor, Laurie.  How to Survive Third Grade.  J PB L
Ernest, an unpopular third grader, has a difficult adjustment to make until he finds a friend and experiences his first real successes in life.

MacDonald, Betty.  Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle.  JPB M  (SERIES)
From her upside-down house, the eccentric Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle issues to parents her marvelous cures for such common children’s diseases as Won’t-Put-Away-Toys-itis, Answerbackism, and Fighter-Quarrelitis.

Marko, Cyndi.  Let’s Get Cracking.  [J GRAPHIC NOVEL] J FIC Marko.  (Kung Pow Chicken SERIES)
Gordon Blue and his brother Benny, unlikely superheroes, must save Fowladelphia from Granny Goosebumps, who has filled the city with cookies that cause innocent chickens’ feathers to fall off.

Nilsson, Ulf.  Detective Gordon: The First Case.  J FIC Nilsson
When Vladimir the squirrel’s stockpile of nuts disappears, the portly Detective Gordon deputizes his young, enthusiastic friend Buffy the mouse to help him discover the identity of the thieves.

Robinson,  Barbara.  The Best School Year Ever.  J FIC Robinson
The six horrible Herdmans, the worst kids in the history of the world, cause mayhem throughout the school year.

Sachar, Louis. Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger.  J FIC Sachar // JPB S (SERIES)
Unusual things continue to happen in the classroom on the thirtieth floor of Wayside School, which was accidentally built sideways with one classroom on each story.

Scieszka, Jon.  Knights of the Kitchen Table.  JPB S (The Time Warp Trio SERIES)
Joe receives a magic book for his birthday present from his uncle. Joe, Fred, and Sam are transported to a time when evil knights, fire-breathing dragons, and vile-smelling giants roamed the land.

Seidler, Tor. Mean Margaret.   J FIC Seidler
A three-year old named Margaret makes life very difficult for everyone.

Shreve, Steve.  The Adventures of Benny.  J FIC Shreve
A resourceful young boy’s adventures introduce him to a host of characters, including Bigfoot, a mummy, pirates, monkeys, and his very own Booger-Man.

Speck, Katie.  Maybelle and the Haunted Cupcake.  J FIC Speck  (SERIES)
Maybelle the cockroach is tired of all the rules she must follow to safely get food from Mr. and Mrs. Peabody’s kitchen, but when Bernice, an ant with a head cold, insists on helping out, the situation only gets worse. 

Spinelli, Jerry.  The Bathwater Gang.   J FIC Spinelli
Bertie’s all-girl gang becomes involved in a harmless but heartfelt war with an all-boy gang, until Bertie’s grandmother steps in with a perfect solution.

Viorst, Judith.  Lulu and the Brontosaurus.  J FIC Viorst
Lulu’s parents refuse to give in when she demands a brontosaurus for her birthday and so she sets out to find her own, but while the brontosaurus she finally meets approves of pets, he does not intend to be Lulu’s. 

Wilkowski, Susan.  The Bad Luck Chair.  J FIC Wilkowski
After having to sit in the legendary Bad Luck Chair at school, nine-year-old Addy is determined to break its curse, but first she and her friends have to figure out the puzzling directions written by one of the chair’s earlier victims.

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