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Monday 19 February 2018

Review: Laugh Your Head Off Again and Again

 Kids will love these crazy, unbelievable, zany stories as much as the previous Laugh Your Head Off, and Laugh Your Head off Again.

This third, absurdly funny collection of nine stories by children’s favourite authors, entertain with amusing, sometimes ridiculous, always inventive, side-splitting tales.

There is a wide variety of subjects and themes found here. The book opens with Andy Griffiths’ ultimate shower experience gone wrong. Gruesome but imaginative is a different take on the story of the three pigs by R. A. Spratt. John Marsden presents a Choose Your Own Adventure with Captain Cook, and Alex Ratt reveals the humiliation, digs and puns that come with having the surname Chicken.

The subject of coulrophobia – ‘the extreme or irrational fear of clowns’- is the theme of Tristan Banks’ Death by Clown. We accompany Tom through extraordinary and hysterical escapades until he finally finds a way to overcome his years of fear.

My favourite, A Perfectly Normal Thursday by Deborah Abela, introduces poignant and moving, whilst humorous and entertaining events, that see an orphan find a home with the strangest couple. Meredith Constain’s story demonstrates that dreams can come true, when Sam is determined to enter the Best-trained Dog competition, although he hasn’t a dog. Luck provides him with an unexpected alternative.

There’s a hilarious story of how the names we are given can either make or break us, and how blindly following rules without understanding them, can have devastating consequences when trying for the first time, to run a cross-country race.

After the entries, there is a generous section on the authors and the illustrator where readers learn facts about each contributor, especially what makes them laugh!

Title: Laugh Your Head off Again and Again
Author: Various
Illustrator: Andrea Innocent
Publisher: Macmillan, $19.99
Publication Date: October 2017
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781760553197
For ages: 8+
Type: Short Stories