National Geographic Kids Just Joking 3: 300 Hilarious Jokes About Everything, Including Tongue Twisters, Riddles, and More! Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-11-19 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 20 user ratings

" This book is funny, except when you don't get the joke. Then there is nobody to explain it to you, and you feel confused and wonder about it. " said.

" Animal jokes accompanied by facts and beautiful photography! " said.

" Fun and lighthearted joke book that includes very informative facts and beautiful pictures of numerous animals, insects, and more! " said.

" I laughed at these goofy jokes. I hope some of my kids will read this book and tell them to me. " said.

"Another installment of animal-related jokes, riddles, and tongue twisters, this collection features large, colorful upclose photographs of a host of animals including chameleons, swans, roosters, elephants and owls. Some of the animals' poses encourage laughter. There are a few funny photographs of humans included too, and they, too, relate to the jokes being told. Children won't be the only audience for this title, which is filled with really funny pictures and jokes. One of my favorites ones has to do with the use of Spacebook by aliens trying to keep in touch with friends (p. 14). This is definitely a page-turner, and it won't stay on the shelves for very long. " said.

My son loves these books. We started reading National Geographic Kids books when he was about six (he's nine now) and I can honestly say that these books have been instrumental in teaching him to read. One weekend, the child actually read a 300 pg. book (one from the Weird, But True Series) to my husband and I over the course of two days - 50 pg.s three times a day until he'd finished. I mention this because last year my son was sent to a reading specialist because his teacher was concerned that he was reading below his age-level. Although I was happy for him to receive the extra attention from the specialist, I always doubted that he had any real problems reading because he read the Nat'l Geo books to us constantly. Thankfully, I was right. He no longer sees the reading specialist, reads above his grade-level, and even reads out-loud to his classmates at lunchtime.

Why is this so important? Because kids are often labeled as poor readers when it's not that they can't read, but rather that they simply aren't interested in what they are being given to read. My teen-age step-daughter grew up thinking that she was a poor reader, too. That all changed when I gave her the Twilight Series. She read the last book, "Breaking Dawn," (756 pages) in less than 48 hours!

There are several elements that make the Nat'l Geo series so appealing, particularly to elementary aged boys. The layouts are very simple, not cluttered. Each joke (or fact in the Weird, But True Series) is only one or two sentences long. The font is much larger than what you would find in a typical chapter book designed for this age group. And the visual images are excellent - exciting, funny, interesting - they immediately draw the reader in, curious to find out more.

The Just Joking Series is one of my son's favorites. We'd previously purchased the first book in the series and my husband and I had each spent several evenings with my son taking turns with him reading the jokes aloud and cracking each other up. We purchased the box set (includes books 1-3) in September for his birthday and are almost through the other two books, as well. We've also pre-ordered "Just Joking #4."

The jokes in these books are mostly very funny, very clean, and only occasionally so dumb that they merit the buzzer sound (think "America's Got Talent"). The joke books also include several tongue twisters. Truthfully, our son doesn't really care for these, but the jokes more than make up for this.

Of all the joke books we've got, these are our favorites. As a parent, teacher, library volunteer, and chairperson of my son's Scholastic Book Fairs, I can definitely recommend both the boxed set and the individuals titles in the series for lower elementary-aged children.
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" This book is funny, except when you don't get the joke. Then there is nobody to explain it to you, and you feel confused and wonder about it. " said.

" Animal jokes accompanied by facts and beautiful photography! " said.

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