A review by hsquared
Funny Girl by Betsy Bird


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