Introduction

We all need a laugh sometimes. Members of the Features Team have assembled this list of humorous titles to help you find funny books for patrons-or for yourself!  From animal teams to slice of life misadventures to fantastical chaos, we have got a range of titles that will tickle funny bones.

A Man and His Cat

Umi Sakurai

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An ugly cat has given on hope for love until an older gentleman adopts him. This sweet, slice of life story about the cat getting to know and trust his new owner is just so bizarre that it will make you laugh.

Appeals to

Those who enjoy slice of life stories and cats.

Creator Identities:
Japanese |

Main Character Identities:
Japanese |

Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

Adulthood is a Myth

Sarah Andersen

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From awkward socializing, period problems, and mental health, Sarah Andersen of Sarah’s Scribbles has a knack for portraying real life in a poignant, funny way. The collections can be read straight through or readers can pick and choose, making this an ideal read if your concentration isn't great.

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Fans of webcomics and slice of life

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Apocalypse Taco

Nathan Hale

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Middle schoolers on break from theater rehearsal go for a snack at the local Taco drive-through, but the world starts to go strange around them. Inanimate objects seem to have turned into monsters and start to eat everything around them. Can they escape these strange monsters? Can they get back to rehearsal? Gross and weird, this story will have you laughing and saying “ew!” at the same time.

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Those who enjoy the weird, the creepy, the gross, and want to read about the possible end of the world.

Content Notes

There are some really gross and weird images in this comic. Not for those with a sensitive stomach.

Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

Assassination Classroom

Yusei Matsui

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A strange alien from another world has taken over Earth. He has strange tentacles and threatens to disintegrate Earth unless his conditions are met. He wants to teach kids in school and will let his students try to kill him, although he is seemingly invincible. With lots of puns and sight gags, this strange teacher will make you laugh even as he threatens the world with annihilation.

Appeals to

Fans of stories with humor, school plotlines, and kids saving the world-or trying at least.

Content Notes

The students are trying to kill this alien teacher, so there's lots of weapons and violence, but in a cartoonish manner.

Creator Identities:
Japanese |

Main Character Identities:
Japanese |

Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

Backstagers

James Tynion IV

Rian Sygh

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When Jory joins the theater club’s backstage crew, he finds himself a group of friends and a whole mysterious maze of tunnels backstage. With its heartwarming moments of friendship and humorous situations, The Backstagers will be sure to please.

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Theater kids; Fans of stories like Gravity Falls and Lumberjanes

Content Notes

Bullying

Creator Identities:
Gay |

Main Character Identities:
Black |

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Check, Please!

Ngozi Ukazu

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Eric Bittle, an ice skater and amateur baker from Georgia, joins Samwell University's hockey team. Can the petite Bittie keep up and find himself a place among the giant hockey bros--and maybe even love? This sweet, frequently humorous story is a great one to curl up with if you're looking for college nostalgia, laughs, and gay love.

Appeals to

Fans of sports and nostalgia

Content Notes

Some homophobia

Creator Identities:
Nigerian-American |

Main Character Identities:
Gay |

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Dog Man

Dav Pilkey

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Dog Man is a story about a crime-fighting part-dog part-man hero always getting into hilarious hijinks in the name of justice. Rarely on the library's shelves, this super-popular series is a super funny choice.

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Fans of Captain Underpants and Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

Fun Fun Fun World

Yehudi Mercado

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A group of aliens land at an amusement park on Earth intending to conquer our planet, but a clever teen sees through their plans and manages to convince them that the amusement park is the whole world! Will the aliens be recognized by their brethren for conquering Earth? Will they find out their mistake? The entire farce will make you giggle alongside the very silly-looking characters and their witless escapades.

Appeals to

Lovers of adventures in Space, amusement parks, and general absurdity.

Creator Identities:
Mexican-American |

Main Character Identities:
Mexican-American |

Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

Giant Days

John Allison

Lisa Treiman

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Esther, Daisy, and Susan meet at university and soon find themselves plunging headfirst into college adventures. From roommate drama to romantic entanglements, this heartwarming and frequently hilarious series will bring smiles and laughter.

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Fans of college and coming-of-age stories

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Glitch

Sarah Graley

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Izzy only ever wants to play video games, and when she discovers her new game transports her INTO the game, she sets off on an adventure to defeat the Big Boss. If she runs out of lives in the game will she die in real life? There is so much potential for mirth in this silly story about when playing too many video games can really be a problem!

Appeals to

Gamers, those who enjoy adventure stories, and strong friendships.

Creator Identities:
Bisexual |

Main Character Identities:
Nonbinary |

Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

Hark a Vagrant!

Kate Beaton

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This comic compilation of Kate Beaton’s work makes historical figures funny, absurd, and ridiculous. Not that history isn’t already absurd at times, but Beaton’s takes will have you spit-out-your-drink-laughing, and searching for “Step Aside, Pops”, the second volume of her work. If you missed this one a while ago, or even if you read it back then, it's a great choice when you need a giggle and a bit of perspective.

Appeals to

History buffs, those who enjoy a bit of absurdity and sarcasm.

Content Notes

Humorous content includes some references to sex, bathroom humor, nudity, alcohol and violence.

Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

I Hate Fairyland

Skottie Young

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Gert, a thirty-six-year-old woman trapped in the body of a little girl, cuts a bloody swath through Fairyland as she tries to find her key home. With its bloody and saccharine images, creative swearing, and twisted, frequently humorous take on the fairyland trope, you will be in for a wild, darkly funny ride.

Appeals to

: Fans of gory comedy and fairytale retellings:

Content Notes

Lots of gore, some inappropriate hand gestures

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Investigators

John Patrick Green

Boksenbaum

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Two alligator spies fight evil from the sewers in this goofy, slapstick story full of puns and pratfalls that will have you holding your sides.

Appeals to

Lovers of Dog Man, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and very silly puns.

Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

Lucky Penny

Ananth Hirsh

Yuko Ota

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Penny Brighton has bad luck. After being fired from her retail job, Penny Brighton manages to land a job at the laundromat and an illegal home in a storage rental facility. Then she falls for Walter, the gym receptionist. Can Penny turn her luck around?

Appeals to

Fans of slice of life comedies and off-beat romantic comedies

Creator Identities:
Indian American, Japanese-American |

Main Character Identities:

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Middle School Misadventures

Jason Platt

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In order to avoid summer school, Newell joins a talent show - only he doesn’t have a talent! Even worse, his dad has all sorts of strange suggestions. Can he get on stage without completely embarrassing himself?

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Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Big Nate, and the Berrybrook Middle School series.

Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

Nimona

ND Stevenson

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Supervillain Ballister Blackheart has an ongoing feud with his rival Ambrosius Goldenloin and the Institute. Then his new assistant--a shapeshifter named Nimona-turns everything on its head. Get ready for shapeshifting shenanigans and feels!

Appeals to

Fans of fantasy mayhem

Creator Identities:
Lesbian |

Main Character Identities:
Gay |

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong

Prudence Shen

Faith Erin Hicks

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Benevolent basketball jock Charlie finds himself caught between his friend Nate and ex-girlfriend Holly, both of whom want the funding for their clubs, robotics and cheerleading. After their rivalry goes too far, the robotics club and cheerleaders decide to enter a battlebot tournament together in order to secure their funding. This is a hilarious story of unlikely allies, absurdly bad sportsmanship, and robot battles that you don’t want to miss!

Appeals to

Fans of stories about wacky high-school hijinks

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Peter and Ernesto

Graham Annable

Boksenbaum

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Peter and Ernesto are both sloths, they both live in the forest, and are good friends. But Ernesto wants to go on an adventure and Peter is afraid. This odd couple will make you laugh, cry, and squee about how cute they are.

Appeals to

Kids who love animals and a good laugh.

Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

Phoebe and Her Unicorn

Dana Simpson

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Phoebe has a friend that many kids would be envious of, a unicorn! Phoebe rides her unicorn friend Marigold Heavenly Nostrils through ordinary school days and not-so-ordinary adventures with other magical creatures. Being friends with a unicorn can be lovely, but they're also very vain and different from humans, leading to silly situations.

Appeals to

Fans of Calvin and Hobbs, Unicorns, and a little bit of magic.

Creator Identities:
Trans |

Main Character Identities:

Recommended by

Martha Boksenbaum

The K Chronicles

Keith Knight

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With pointed cheek and expressive artwork, Keith Knight portrays life as a black American by covering personal adventures and delivering sharp social commentary in the K Chronicles. Readers who love this collection should check out the K Chronicles (which still updates) and Knight’s other work on his website (https://kchronicles.com/)!

Appeals to

Readers who love personal narratives and witty social commentary; fans of political comics

Content Notes

Discusses racism

Creator Identities:
African-American |

Main Character Identities:
African-American |

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Way of the House Husband

Kousuke Oono

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Tatsu was the Immortal Dragon, the most feared local yakuza until he got married and became...a househusband! Now, Tatsu is perfecting his housekeeping, cooking, and other house management skills, all with yakuza pizzazz!

Appeals to

Fans of comedies where the character is not typical for the context

Content Notes

References to drug dealing and other criminal activity

Creator Identities:
Japanese |

Main Character Identities:
Japanese |

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

Yotsuba&!

Kiyohiko Azuma

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Yotsuba is a little girl who loves exploring her world and spending time with her dad and new friends. Of course, Yotsuba has a unique perspective and way of doing things, so her adventures get a lot more interesting than the initial premise might suggest. This hilarious slice-of-life comic ups the ante every volume as Yotsuba’s hijinks get wilder--yet somehow feel very true to life. Don’t question that last statement, just read it!

Appeals to

Slice of life fans, readers looking for something the whole family can enjoy

Creator Identities:
Japanese |

Main Character Identities:
Japanese |

Recommended by

Megan Rupe

  • Megan

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    Features Writer

    Megan earned her MLIS from Simmons College and is currently the evening librarian at Bay State College in Massachusetts. She satisfies her voracious appetite for graphic novels and manga through regular visits to her local public libraries and puts her love of graphic novels to good use by adding to Bay State’s collection whenever possible. Megan maintains a personal blog, Ferret with a Strobe Light, where she discusses awesome books she’s read lately. When not engaged in reading or library work, she likes running, drinking tea, and working on her own stories and art.

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