With normality grounded to a halt during lockdown here are some funny books to provide some laughs for year 4s and up.
The GRK books by Josh Lacey which are each set in a different country follow the adventures of a boy called Tim and a dog called Grk.
In New York, Tim and Grk follow the trail of a missing statue (Grk and the Hot Dog Trail), in Italy, the pair meet the mysterious Duke of Macaroni (Grk and the Phoney Macaroni) and in Australia, they tussle with the infamous Red Jelly Gang (Grk Down Under).
Grk and the Pelotti Gang set in Brazil was shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards in the “The Book I Couldn’t Put Down” category in 2006.
Granny by Anthony Horowitz is about 12-year-old Joe’s wicked granny – and she is truly evil. Not only does she get him presents that are too young for him after he showed her what he wanted and steal the family silver, she also takes him to get his enzymes extracted to make herself young again. The book is not unlike Road Dahl’s The Witches.
Granny is part of Horowitz’s “wickedly funny” children books collection which also includes Groosham Grange about David Eliot who is sent to a new school where new pupils are made to sign their names in blood and the French teacher disappears every full moon.
The Just William series by Richmal Crompton follows the mishaps of the mischievous William. In The Outlaws William plans a day of non-stop adventure. The only problem is he is meant to be babysitting. William doesn’t stop that getting in the way of having fun – he simply takes the baby along.
In Paddington’s Finest Hour by Michael Bond Paddington somehow finds himself on a popular TV cooking show, giving one of his hard stares to a hypnotist.
Radio Boy by British comedian and breakfast radio presenter Christian O’Connell is a funny story of an ordinary boy with a secret radio show broadcast from his shed. The book has been described as “Adrian Mole for the internet generation.”
And if your child hasn’t already read them The Diary of a Wimpy Kid books are about a kid called Greg who fills his diary with all the many misadventures in his life. Any book in this series is bound to provide some light relief for a housebound child.