One of my solutions to these situations is distraction and there is no better distraction than reading a funny book together. So the next time you're having "one of those days", try reading one of our top five choices to lighten the mood and get you giggling...
1. Oi Frog! Kes Gray and Jim FieldThis is a super rhyming book with fantastic illustrations about a frog who is learning that every animal has a special place to sit. Cats may sit on mats and mules may sit on stools but this frog does not want to sit on a log! Izzie (4) loved the rhyming verse and Theo (2) loved the funny pictures. Both children thought it was a hilarious story. We borrowed this book from our local library and reluctantly returned it several weeks ago, yet both children still regularly shout "Oi Frog! Sit on a Log!" at each other. We simply can't wait to get our hands on a copy of "Oi Dog!" which is published later this year*. (*now released!)
2. I Am Bear - Ben Bailey Smith and Sav AkyuzA fantastic rhyming tale about a very cheeky purple bear who loves to play and do magic tricks. The illustrations, couldn't be bolder or brighter and they capture the bear's expressions and mischievous nature brilliantly. This quickly became a firm favourite in our house and always gets a giggle!
3. Betty Goes Bananas - Steve AntonyAn amusing tale from Steve Antony with great characters and superbly bold illustrations. Betty has a lot in common with my banana obsessed, two year old. They are both stubborn and determined to do everything by themselves. Then when things don't quite go to plan the tantrums follow! The sequel "Betty Goes Bananas in her Pyjamas" is just as funny.
4. The Book with No Pictures - B.J. NovakThis is a children's book with a difference, it has no pictures! However, it certainly is not boring, just simply full of silliness. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book out loud to Izzie and Theo and by the end Izzie was actually rolling around on the floor giggling. Definitely give this book a go, it's totally unique. Just don't be shy when reading it, the more you put into the daft noises the more enjoyable it is! Good luck!
5. The Day The Crayons Came Home - Drew Daywalt and Oliver JeffersThe brilliant sequel to one of my favourite children's books, "The Day The Crayons Quit". This time the disgruntled crayons have been misplaced and have sent postcards home. Learn how each one got lost and find out if they will ever get back. Just as clever and witty as the first book, it will definitely raise a smile. We really didn't want to take this one back to the library either!
There are so many funny children's books out there. We would love to know which ones get you giggling?