Funny Girl by Betsy Bird

Funny Girl

Sharyn November at Viking has acquired Funny Girl, a humor anthology for girls ages 9-12, curated by Betsy Bird and featuring short stories, personal essays, comics, and poetry from nearly 30 female writers, including Lisa Graff, Cece Bell, Jenni Holm, Shannon Hale, and Rita Williams-Garcia. A portion of the proceeds will support WriteGirl, a creative writing and mentoring...

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Funny Girl Reviews

  • Abby Johnson
    Mar 18, 2017

    I appreciate the diversity in this collection of funny short stories (and comics, mad libs, etc.) by female authors. Although this collection was written to entertain and to highlight funny females, there is also a strong message about girls having self-confidence and being positive about their bodies. "Funny" is hard for me to judge, but there's a little something for everyone in here. (Due out in May!)

  • Colby Sharp
    Feb 10, 2017

    This book is really funny.

  • Heather
    Apr 12, 2017

    Betsy Bird has brought together a diverse group of some of the funniest contemporary female writers in this hilarious anthology for middle-graders. Shannon Hale's hysterical short story about a baby-sitting nightmare is sure to have readers laughing out loud, as will Carmen Agra Deedy's story about her mom setting fire to the bathtub. Comic-type stories include Lisa Brown's brief memoir about her brother sticking a Tic-Tac up his nose. Leila Sales' how to for playing make-believe should be requi

    Betsy Bird has brought together a diverse group of some of the funniest contemporary female writers in this hilarious anthology for middle-graders. Shannon Hale's hysterical short story about a baby-sitting nightmare is sure to have readers laughing out loud, as will Carmen Agra Deedy's story about her mom setting fire to the bathtub. Comic-type stories include Lisa Brown's brief memoir about her brother sticking a Tic-Tac up his nose. Leila Sales' how to for playing make-believe should be required reading. Sprinkled throughout the collection are mad libs, poetry, quizzes, and an ongoing pet advice column from a cat and dog duo created by Deborah Underwood. And budding comedians will want to soak up all the advice from professionals like Adrienne Chalepah. This much needed anthology has something to tickle every funny bone.

    *NetGalley digital advanced reader copy

  • Suz
    Apr 15, 2017

    Editor Betsy Bird has collected some wonderfully funny writing, all by female writers. Well, there was one brother involved, but she assures us that they kept "him in line." (That would be Jennifer Holm's brother, Matt.) The book is a mix of graphic shorts, advice on various subjects, short stories (some semi-autobiographical), quizzes, and even MadLibs to predict your future. Whatever the chosen format, they are all humorous. There is Carmen Agra Deedy's story of her mother setting fire to the

    Editor Betsy Bird has collected some wonderfully funny writing, all by female writers. Well, there was one brother involved, but she assures us that they kept "him in line." (That would be Jennifer Holm's brother, Matt.) The book is a mix of graphic shorts, advice on various subjects, short stories (some semi-autobiographical), quizzes, and even MadLibs to predict your future. Whatever the chosen format, they are all humorous. There is Carmen Agra Deedy's story of her mother setting fire to the bathtub. Raina Telgemeier's "Killer Bee" incident. Mitali Perkins has a great "Brown Girl Pop Quiz" in which she points out that Western movies should be more like Bollywood productions. "Think of Jedi knights doing a choreographed number after the Death Star explodes," she suggests. The explanation of the Chinese Zodiac by Lenore Look includes things like lucky nail colors (if you are Rabbit, "None...The less noticeable your feet are, the better."), or unlucky career choices (for Monkey, "Involuntary astronaut in early space programs"). One of my favorites is the recurring "Fleamail" advice column by Bella and Rover, written by Deborah Underwood. This cat and dog team offer hilarious advice to other animals, once even trying out a "Pawed Cast" format.

    If you know middle grade readers who are always asking for more "funny books," then you should add this to your shelf. Whether it is advice on playing imaginary games from Leila Sales or a babysitting comedy/horror tale from Shannon Hale, all the pieces in the collection fit the bill. On second thought, you had better buy multiple copies.

    I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley.

  • Heather
    Jun 09, 2017

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    Quick Review: This anthology is SO sweet! There is a lot of great humor, and I think it's a great book of writing for young girls! Some of the writings were a little cringe-y for me but I am assuming that it's because I am not the age demographic. Overall I recommend it.

  • Meg
    May 26, 2017

    Betsy Bird has asked very funny female writers for young people, ages 9-12, to create a story whether in prose, poetry, or graphic novel format. The results of her edited book are amazing! Students and adults will absolutely love this realistic fiction/fantasy short story book. Whether you are reading about a babysitter who has a more than a horrible experience one night with twin girls, a mom who cleans a bathtub by setting it on fire, or a girl wearing a full costume for swimming class in the

    Betsy Bird has asked very funny female writers for young people, ages 9-12, to create a story whether in prose, poetry, or graphic novel format. The results of her edited book are amazing! Students and adults will absolutely love this realistic fiction/fantasy short story book. Whether you are reading about a babysitter who has a more than a horrible experience one night with twin girls, a mom who cleans a bathtub by setting it on fire, or a girl wearing a full costume for swimming class in the gym pool, this is a book that you must read! Just recently published in 2017, it will win awards in the year ahead!

  • Cara
    May 31, 2017

    Loved it! My favorite was the introduction by Besty Bird. My teenage boys read a couple of the stories, ok I made them do it, but they laughed! My next two favorites were Dear Grandpa Give Me Money by Alison De Camp and One Hot Mess by Carmen Agra Deedy.

    There are stories that will make adults laugh. There are also stories and activities geared just toward kids. Ultimately it is for kids, as advertised. Good stuff!

  • Heidi
    Jun 08, 2017

    As with most short story collections that I've read, the quality of the stories varied. I enjoyed some of the stories a lot more than others. Some I found rather odd such as A Most Serious Recitation of the Poem "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer, Rendered Most Seriously (and with the utmost care) By The Hand of Cece Bell with a pasted in picture of Benjamin Franklin debating with a pig, amusing but really odd. There were several stories that were quite informative (sort of) such as How to Tell a Joke by D

    As with most short story collections that I've read, the quality of the stories varied. I enjoyed some of the stories a lot more than others. Some I found rather odd such as A Most Serious Recitation of the Poem "Trees" by Joyce Kilmer, Rendered Most Seriously (and with the utmost care) By The Hand of Cece Bell with a pasted in picture of Benjamin Franklin debating with a pig, amusing but really odd. There were several stories that were quite informative (sort of) such as How to Tell a Joke by Delaney Yeager and Mackenzie Yeager or Brown Girl Pop Quiz: All of the Above by Mitali Perkins.

    My favorite stories were In Which Young Raina Learns a Lesson by Raina Telgemeier, which revolves around young Raina's unfortunate (but hilarious) encounter with a bee. Also, Dear Grandpa: Give Me Money by Allison DeCamp and One Hot Mess by Carmen Agra Deedy left me with sore ribs from laughing so hard. In the Dear Grandpa story, a young girl writes letters to her grandpa demanding money and her grandfather writes back. In One Hot Mess, a young Cuban American girl explains why her mother always sets the tub on fire when they move into a new place.

    A couple of stories may concern some adults/young readers because of the topics, but are funny because of the truth they contain. The first such story is Over and Out by Lisa Graff which revolves around Riley's attempts to rescue her sister's fancy bra from a toilet tragedy which could result in her demise. A Public Service Announcement About Your Period from Sarah T. Wrigley, Age 12 3/4 by Libby Bray presents the advice of a young person about getting one's period which is irreverent but funny.

    Other stories include a brief appearance from Babymouse (Jennifer Holm and Matthew Holm) as well as an amusing presentation of the Chinese Zodiac. Some stories cover only a couple of pages, others a dozen pages.

    The stories also vary in presentation, with most of the stories being regular prose, but others being in comic format, and still others combining text and illustration. I think what I enjoyed most about the book was the clear message that girls can be funny and let their senses of humor shine.

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