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Review: I Funny

August 7, 2015

I Funny

Middle schooler Jamie Grimm is wheelchair bound and lives with his aunt, uncle, and cousin.  He’s had plenty of rough spots in his life already but doesn’t let them define him – he deals with the tough times in life with humor.  He works hard at being funny and his humor is mostly well received so he’s decided to enter the Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic Contest.  Now he has to make sure nerves don’t get the best of him.

I thought I Funny: A Middle School Story by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein was just terrific.  It handles serious subjects in a humorous manner that will appeal to young readers.  They’ll laugh out loud and reflect as they read this book.

On the surface, Jamie is a funny, happy-go-lucky guy but readers get the sense that there’s more to this comical kid.  His story comes out in bits and pieces and readers learn that he’s using humor as a coping mechanism.   I laughed and teared up just a little as a rooted for Jamie’s success.

Jamie is such a terrific character.  He’s confined to a wheelchair but he doesn’t let them get him down.  It’s refreshing to see a disabled character in a middle grade book that isn’t about his disability.  He does have a tragedy in his past to deal with and his humor helps him do just that.  Kids will enjoy the humor and admire Jamie’s strong character.  I Funny is the first book in a series that I can’t wait to continue.  I recommend this book to middle school readers on up!

kid konnection newI will link this up to Booking Mama’s Saturday feature, Kid Konnection. If you’d like to participate in Kid Konnection and share a post about anything related to children’s books (picture, middle grade, or young adult) from the past week, leave a comment as well as a link on her site.

Review copy provided by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.


11 Comments leave one →
  1. August 7, 2015 8:01 am

    My nephews love these books.

  2. August 7, 2015 8:28 am

    I’d like to read this book. I love James Patterson and I like that it’s the first book in the series.

  3. Patty permalink
    August 7, 2015 3:06 pm

    It sounds wonderful…and needed!

  4. Literary Feline permalink
    August 7, 2015 4:16 pm

    Jamie sounds like a great character. I like books that are able to entertain as well as have something important to say.

  5. August 8, 2015 10:03 am

    My son read these books a few years ago and loved them. James Patterson is such a talented writer!

  6. bookingmama permalink
    August 8, 2015 11:59 am

    I loved this one too… as did Booking Son. He has read the entire series and loves them all!

  7. August 8, 2015 4:46 pm

    Love the sound of this one! I will have to TBR this read.

  8. booksnyc permalink
    August 11, 2015 7:59 am

    I need to out this on the Christmas list for my nephew!

  9. August 11, 2015 10:02 am

    My nine-year old son loves these books. He’s read the print and listened to the audiobook as well which he also loved.

  10. August 12, 2015 8:04 pm

    The cover is not that appealing to me but the story sounds terrific! Thanks for the rec.

  11. August 24, 2015 11:31 pm

    Oh, I’d definitely read this one with Gage!

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