Mortimer Says Nothing


Joan Aiken - 1985
    Jone's Rest Cure / A Call at the Joneses'.

Quirky Tails


Paul Jennings - 1987
    Includes the nine quirky tales: Sneeze 'n Coffin Santa Claws A Dozen Bloomin' Roses Tonsil Eye 'Tis Unhappily Ever After Spooks Incorporated The Copy Stuffed No is Yes

Snake and Lizard


Joy Cowley - 1997
    but inseparable friends. Snake is elegant. calm and a little self-centered . while Lizard is exuberant and irrepressible. Through a series of small (and not so small) adventures. the two friends bicker. compete with each other. go into business and finally. end up as lifelong friends.There is something the matter with your voice.Ga-runch! Ga-runch! said Snake. Ive got a frog in my throat! she whispered. Lizard said. Oh. I know how to fix that. and he gave Snake a mighty slap on her back. The frog shot out of Snake s mouth. It landed in the grass and. quick as a blink. it hopped away.My supper! cried Snake. That was my supper!

McBroom's Wonderful One-Acre Farm: Three Tall Tales


Sid Fleischman - 1997
    But McBroom knows he's got the better of the bargain when the pond dries up to reveal an acre of soil so rich that seeds spring up into full-grown plants in no time and even nickels grow into quarters.

The Twits, the Minpins & the Magic Finger


Roald Dahl - 2013
    and Mrs. Twit are the smelliest, nastiest, ugliest people in the world. They hate everything—except playing mean jokes on each other, catching innocent birds to put in their Bird Pies, and making their caged monkeys, the Muggle-Wumps, stand on their heads all day. But the Muggle-Wumps have had enough. They don't just want out, they want revenge.THE MINPINS Little Billy strays into the forest, where he meets the Minpins?tiny people who live within the trees. The Minpins tell Billy about The Gruncher, who preys on them. So Billy embarks on a mission to rid the Minpins of their foe once and for all, and sets off?on the back of a swan?to confront The Gruncher.THE MAGIC FINGER What happens when the hunter becomes the hunted? To the Gregg family, hunting is just plain fun. To the girl who lives next door, it's just plain horrible. She tries to be polite. She tries to talk them out of it, but the Greggs only laugh at her. Then one day the Greggs go too far, and the little girl turns her Magic Finger on them. When she's very, very angry, the little girl's Magic Finger takes over. She really can’t control it, and now it's turned the Greggs into birds! Before they know it, the Greggs are living in a nest, and that's just the beginning of their problems….

The Devil's Storybook


Natalie Babbitt - 1974
    Ten stories recount the Devil's exploits, successes and failures, in Hell and in the world above.

The Facttracker


Jason Carter Eaton - 2008
    So does:This book is better than ice cream, television, and your birthday combined!"The Facttracker" is full of such statements. Unfortunately, most of them are lies, which is odd, since Traakerfaxx is the town that produces all of the world's "facts."So how can a story about a bizarre town with a weird name becomeThe greatest novel ever written?Dinosaurs would help. Or maybe aliens. Alien dinosaurs would be dynamite! Alas, we have none of those. Here's what we "do" have: the Facttracker, who tracks all the facts in Traakerfaxx. The just small enough boy, who lost all his facts. And Ersatz, but the less said about him the better. And, of course, there are lots and lots of facts and lies, such as:This book will make you good-looking and popular!Was that a "fact" or a "lie"? For the answer, read on and encounter adventure, peril, and even moreLarge, oversized words!

The Trouble with Jenny's Ear


Oliver Butterworth - 1960
    Black-and-white illustrations.

More Sideways Arithmetic from Wayside School


Louis Sachar - 1994
    It includes lots of clues and hints, along with the answers.

Dog Diaries: Secret Writings of the WOOF Society


Betsy Byars - 2007
    Dogs of all different backgrounds and breeds have gathered together to listen to the diaries of twelve dogs from around the world and throughout history. Abu is the ruler of ancient Egypt, but Miu, the Royal Cat, continues to challenge him, except at night. Tidbit, born the runt of the litter, becomes a star singer at the Grand Ole Opry. Jip leads his blinded master back home from the Civil War. Mimi, a dog living in Paris, shares her tips on bathroom protocol and dinnertime etiquette. And eight more!Betsy Byars and her daughters, Laurie Myers and Betsy Duffey, the trio who brought you MY DOG, MY HERO and THE SOS FILE, have pooled their talents once again to write on a subject they love. DOG DIARIES is a collection of humorous and touching stories, complemented by Erik Brooks' black-and-white illustrations, that will appeal to dog lovers of all ages.

Fat Camp Commandos


Daniel Pinkwater - 2002
    Revenge was never so sweet...or so funny!Fed up with the systematic jeering and abuse at Camp Noo Yoo, where frantic parents send their pudgy little darlings in the hopes that they will shed a few of those socially unacceptable pounds, Ralph and Sylvia Nebula and their friend, Mavis Goldfarb, hop a bus back to Pokooksie. There, they seek revenge. Revenge on their parents. Revenge on Dr. Frizzbender, founder of Anti-Fat day. And revenge on Richard "Dick" Tator, the overweight and overbearing owner of Camp Noo Yoo.

The Not-a-Pig


Polly Faber - 2015
    Mango Allsorts is good at all sorts of things, not just karate and chess. Bambang is most definitely not-a-pig and is now lost in a very busy city. When the two unexpectedly meet, a friendship begins, filled with adventures, and of course, plenty of banana pancakes.

Maybelle in the Soup


Katie Speck - 2007
    She lives in her own cozy little home under the refrigerator of Mr. and Mrs. Peabody. Maybelle knows it's best to stay hidden away, but she simply adores food. Just once she would love to taste something yummy before it hits the floor!When the Peabodys invite a Very Important Guest for dinner, Maybelle can't resist. She takes a teeny taste—and splashes into the biggest adventure of her life!

The Dragonsitter


Josh Lacey - 2012
    You'd better get on a plane right now and come back here. Your dragon has eaten Jemima.'It had sounded so easy: Edward was going to look after Uncle Morton's unusual pet for a week while he went on holiday. But soon the fridge is empty, the curtains are blazing, and the postman is fleeing down the garden path.'Short, sharp and funny' - Telegraph

The Bolds


Julian Clary - 2015
    One slight difference: they're hyenas. Yes, that's right - they're covered in fur, have tails tucked into their trousers, and they really, really like to laugh.So far, the Bolds have managed to keep things under wraps, even when their children Bobby and Betty were born. But the nosy man next door smells a rat (or a hyena), and a trip to the local wildlife park, and the brilliantly wacky heist that results, could be the end of Teddington's best-kept secret. Whatever will the neighbours think?