Reviews for I Even Funnier : A Middle School Story

Booklist Reviews 2014 February #2
New triumphs await would-be stand-up comedian Jamie Grimm despite challenges introduced in this Middle School series spin-off's opener, I Funny (2012). Those include being orphaned, confined to a wheelchair, and subjected to constant harassment from a bully--as well as further setbacks as he advances to the national round of the Planet's Funniest Kid Comic contest. Once again Jamie gets loyal support from an appealing supporting cast led by girl friend (two words at the beginning, one word by the end) Gilda. The wisecrack-laced narrative is enhanced by lots of pen-and-ink cartoons with added dialogue. The book pokes fun at nerd dating, Las Vegas, and other such fertile topics, and it gives budding comedians in the reading audience useful tools both by showing Jamie developing his act from events in his own up-and-down life and by closing with a list of recommended online joke repositories. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.