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Humor & Adventure Bibliographies

Grades 2-4

J Fic Auch, Mary Jane I Was A Third Grade Science Experiment (gr. 2-4)
Brian tries to hypnotize his dog into thinking he is a cat for the science fair but the experiment goes wrong and his best friend starts to meow instead.

J Fic Baker, Barbara Third Grade is Terrible (gr. 2-4)
Liza is convinced third grade is going to be great until she gets to school that first day and everything starts going wrong.

J Fic Blume, Judy Freckle Juice (gr. 2-4)
Andrew wants freckles so badly that he buys Sharon's freckle recipe for fifty cents.

J Fic Brown, Marc Arthur's Mystery Envelope (gr. 2-3)
Part of a Series An easy chapter book has Arthur assigned to take home an envelope from the principal.

J Fic Butterworth, Oliver The Enormous Egg (gr. 2-4)
A boy's hen lays a very large egg which hatches a triceratops.

J Fic Byars, Betsy Beans on the Roof (gr. 3-4)
As each of the five members of the Bean family tries to write a "roof" poem, they come to realize just how nice it is to be a Bean.

J Fic Byars, Betsy Me Tarzan (gr. 3-4);
Dorothy wins the part of Tarzan in the school play because of her wonderful Tarzan yell.

J Fic Byars, Betsy The Seven Treasure Hunts (gr. 3-4)
Two boys make up a series of treasure hunts for each other, with disastrous and hilarious results.

J Fic Conford, Ellen Annabel the Actress, Starring in Just a Little Extra (gr. 2-4)
Part of a Series. A funny story about would-be actress, Annabel, who gets a role as an extra in a movie.

J Fic Conford, Ellen Jenny Archer to the Rescue (gr. 3-4)
Part of a Series. After perfecting her first aid skills, Jenny is disappointed in not finding anyone to rescue and decides to invent her own emergency.

J Fic Cox, Judy Third Grade Pet (gr. 2-3)
In this easy chapter book, Rosemary takes her pet rat home to save him from the class bully.

J Fic Cutler, Jane Rats! (gr. 3-4)
Two brothers face everyday crisis in this fun-loving book. Sequel to No Dogs Allowed.

J Fic Danziger, Paula Amber Brown is Not a Crayon (gr. 3-4)
Part of a 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.

J Fic De Groat, Diane Annie Pitts, Artichoke (gr. 2-4)
Part of a Series. When Annie and her third grade class put on a play about nutrition, it has more surprises than the teacher expected.

J Fic Duffey, Betsy Virtual Cody (gr. 2-4)
Part of a Series. When Cody finds out that he was named after a dog, he thinks his friends will make fun of him.

J Fic Galbraith, Kathryn Roommates (gr. 2-4)
When Mama announces a new baby is on the way who will need a separate room, two sisters become roommates.

J Fic Giff, Patricia Reilly Not-So-Perfect Rosie (gr. 2-3)
Part of a Series. Rosie's summer is very busy with her ballet recital and a visit from an Irish cousin.

J Fic Gilson, Jamie You Cheat! (gr. 3-4)
Nathan bribes his older brother to go fishing, and then wishes he hadn't.

J Fic Greene, Stephanie Owen Foote, Money Man (gr. 2-4)
Part of a Series. In this beginning chapter book, Owen helps his neighbor build a backyard goldfish pond.

J Fic Hayashi, Nancy The Fantastic Stay-Home-From-School Day (gr. 3-4)
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.

J Fic Howe, James Pinky and Rex Get Married (gr. 2-3)
Part of a Series. Best friends, Pinky and Rex, have a hilarious time when they decide to have a play wedding.

J Fic Hurwitz, Johann Elisa in the Middle (gr. 2-3)
Part of a Series. In her effort to help her family, Elisa usually gets into some kind of mayhem. This author also writes other series books for this grade level.

J Fic Lawlor, Laurie How to Survive Third Grade (gr. 3-4)
Ernest, an unpopular third grader, has a difficult adjustment to make until he finds a friend and experiences his first real successes in life.

J Fic Leverich, Kathleen Best Enemies (gr. 3-4)
Part of a Series. After Felicity trades her nasty tricks for friendship, Priscilla decides she'd rather have Felicity as an enemy.

J Fic Park, Barbara Junie B. Jones and her Big Fat Mouth (gr. 2-3)
Part of a Series. When her kindergarten class has Job Day, Junie B. goes through much confusion and excitement before deciding on the best job of all. Books can be found on the fiction shelves, as well as on the paperback rounder near the computers for the older children.

J Fic Petersen, P. J. The Sub (gr. 2-4)
Two friends switch seats when their class has a substitute teacher and find that it isn't so easy to be someone else.

J Fic Pilkey, Dav Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Toilets (gr. 3-4)
Part of a Series. George and his principal (Captain Underpants) have trouble with the toilets that eat teachers. This author also writes other series for the same grade level.

J Fic Pinkwater, Daniel Mush,A Dog From Space (gr. 3-4)
Part of a Series. Kelly Mangiaro, who has wanted a pet for as long as she can remember, gets more than she bargained for from her new dog Mush.

J Fic Reeve, Kirk Lolo and Red- Legs (gr. 3-4)
When Lolo finds a tarantula, an ordinary summer turns into a series of wild adventures.

J Fic Rockwell, Thomas How To Eat Fried Worms (gr. 3-4);
Because of a bet, Billy has to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days.

J Fic Smith, Robert Kimmel Chocolate Fever (gr. 3-4)
Henry Green, who loves chocolate, has strange things happen to him, including being the first person in medical history to get chocolate fever.

J Fic Soto, Gary The Pool Party (gr. 3-4)
Rudy is invited to a pool party by the most popular girl in school with very funny results.

J Fic Spinelli, Jerry The Bathwater Gang (gr. 3-4)
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.

J Fic Spinelli, Jerry Fourth Grade Rats (gr. 3-4)
Suds learns that you don't have to be a "rat" or tough guy to get along in fourth grade.

J Fic Woodruff, Elvira The Summer I Shrank My Grandmother (gr. 3-4)
While spending the summer with her beloved grandmother, Nelly finds an old chemistry set and begins to experiment on grandma

J Fic Wittman, Sally Stepbrother Sabotage (gr. 2-4)
Nine-year-old Josh finds it impossible to get along with his rambunctious eight-year-old stepbrother Jake, until an impending change in their family unites them on a common front.

Grades 4 - 6

J Fic Atwater, Richard Mr. Popper's Penguins (gr. 4-5)
When Mr. Popper gets a penguin from the zoo to keep his pet penguin company, he doesn't expect to have 10 babies born.

J Fic Avi Romeo and Juliet - Together (and alive!) at Last (gr. 4-5)
The eighth grade's plan to get two reluctant "lovers" together by means of a classroom production of Shakespeare's play has some very unexpected results.

J Fic Blume, Judy Fudge-A-Mania (gr. 4-6)
Part of a Series. Pete describes the family vacation in Maine with the Tubmans, highlighted by the antics of his younger brother Fudge. This author also writes other humorous books for this grade level.

J Fic Bunting, Eve Nasty Stinky Sneakers (gr. 4-6)
Will ten-year-old Colin find his missing stinky sneakers in time to enter The Stinkiest Sneakers in the world contest?

J Fic Dahl, Roald Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (gr. 4-6)
Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry ticket into Mr. Willy Wonka's mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.

J Fic Dahl, Roald Matilda (gr. 5-6)
Matilda applies her untapped mental powers to rid the school of the evil, child-hating headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, and restore her nice teacher Miss Honey to financial security.

J Fic Danziger, Paula There's a Bat in Bunk Five (gr. 5-6)
On her own for the first time, fourteen-year-old Marcy tries to cope with the new people and situations she encounters while working as a camp counselor at an arts camp.

J Fic Fitzgerald, John The Great Brain is Back (gr. 5-6)
Part of a Series. Although bedazzled by pretty Polly, thirteen-year-old Tom Fitzgerald's great brain and money-loving ways haven't changed a bit.

J Fic Fleischman, Sid Chancy and the Grand Rascal (gr. 4-5)
Skinny Chancy and his newly found friend, the great rascal, enjoy humorous escapades as they travel by their wits up and across the Midwest in search of Chancy's family.

J Fic Gardiner, John Reynolds Top Secret (gr. 4-6) 
Despite the disapproval of his parents and his formidable science teacher, nine-year-old Allen determines to do his science project on human photosynthesis.

J Fic Greenwald, Sheila The Mariah Delany Lending Library Disaste (gr. 4-6)
Part of a Series. An eleven-year-old girl sets up her own lending library in competition with the New York Public Library and finds herself involved in more than she bargained for.

J Fic Hughes, Dean Nutty, the Movie Star (gr. 4-6)
Part of a Series. Eleven-year-old Nutty, hoping to improve his image with his fellow fifth graders, finds his popularity unexpectedly boosted when he gets a small part in a Hollywood movie.

J Fic Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds Alice in Rapture, Sort Of (gr. 5-6)
Part of a Series. Alice and her friends vow to find boyfriends before the summer is over.

J Fic Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds The Boys Start the War (gr. 5-6)
The Hatford boys' best friends and next door neighbors move away. The Meloy girls move in. The Hatford boys plan a lot of pranks on the Meloy girls and the girls get even!

J Fic Pevsner, Stella Would My Fortune Cookie Lie? (gr. 4-6);
While worrying that her mom is plotting to move the family from their Chicago home, thirteen-year-old Alexis also wonders about the mysterious young man who seems to be shadowing her and her friend.

J Fic Pinkwater, Daniel Alan Mendelsohn, the Boy from Mars (gr. 4-6)
Leonard's life at his new junior high is just barely tolerable until he becomes friends with the unusual Alan and with him shares an extraordinary adventure.

J Fic Rockwell, Thomas How to Eat Fried Worms (gr. 4-6)
Two boys set out to prove that worms can make a delicious meal.

J Fic Rogers, Mary Freaky Friday (gr. 5-6)
A thirteen-year-old girl gains a much more sympathetic understanding of her relationship with her mother when she has to spend a day in her mother's body.

J Fic Steiner, Barbara Oliver Dibbs to the Rescue! (gr. 5-6)
Beginning by painting his dog with tiger stripes, ten-year-old Ollie embarks on a series of sometimes disastrous moneymaking ventures to raise funds on behalf of wildlife preservation.

J Fic Yorinks, Arthur Company's Going (gr. 4-6)
After inviting two spacemen to stay for dinner, Shirley and Moe are asked to return with them to their planet Nextoo to cater their sister's rather large wedding.


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