With jokes on a range of topics – there are chapters on sport, travel, school, animals and more – and of different types, including knock knock jokes, limericks, and silly book titles, there is plenty here to keep the child in your life laughing for ages.
What do you get when you touch an electric parrot?
(Mitchell Johnson, Australian Cricketer)
What do you call a sewer that’s jammed with Aussie plumbers?
A bloked drain.
(Kate Ritchie, actress)
Which tree has teeth?
A gum tree.
(Manu Feildel, My Kitchen Rules)
There’s an old, oft-quoted adage which says “Laughter is the best medicine’, but did you also know that if you laugh 100 times a day it is the same amount of exercise as 15 minutes of rowing or jogging? SO you odn’t have to be sick to really benefit from a good laugh. Camp Quality is an organisation devoted to making people laugh – especially kids who are sick with cancer. Best Ever Aussie Jokesis the latest in their series of joke books published to help support their important work.
With jokes on a range of topics – there are chapters on sport, travel, school, animals and more – and of different types, including knock knock jokes, limericks, and silly book titles, there is plenty here to keep the child in your life laughing for ages. Cartoon-style illustrations by Louis Shea on most pages add tot he visual appeal.
Well worth buying both to support kids living with cancer and to give yourself, and your children, a laugh.
Best Ever Aussie Jokes! (Camp Quality), illustrated by Louis Shea
Scholastic Australia, 2011
Available in good bookstores, or online from Fishpond.
What to you get when you cross a sheep with a kangaroo?
A woolly jumper.
365 Awesome Aussie Jokes is a collection of …365 Aussie jokes. There’s one for each day of the year. The first joke of the month is a celebrity joke, coming from writers, broadcasters and singers. There are knock-knocks, puns, Did-you-hear-abouts and many more. Each opening includes black and white illustrations while the border around pages reminds the reader to laugh (in case they forget…or the joke doesn’t tickle their fancy).
365 Awesome Aussie Jokes is put together by Camp Quality, an organisation that supports kids and families of kids with cancer. The collection lives the adage that ‘laughter is the best medicine’. The jokes are short and the font is large, allowing access to quite young readers. If the ‘reader’ is too young to decipher the text themselves, they have plenty to laugh with as the jokes are read to them. A foreword explains how this and preceding joke books came to be. Proceeds are used to fund Camp Quality programs. There are two forms in the back. One provides the opportunity to send in jokes, the other outlines how donations to Camp Quality may be made. Recommended for all jokesters.
365 Awesome Aussie Jokes, Camp Quality
Scholastic Australia 2010
Reviewed by Claire Saxby, Children’s Author www.clairesaxby.com
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Did you hear about the optimistic kangaroo?
It hopped for the best.
Who would open the batting for the Aussie animal cricket team?
Wombat and numbat.
Where did the gum tree go for its holiday?
To the beech.
502 More Great Aussie Jokes is the fourth joke book produced by Scholastic Australia to support Camp Quality, a charity which assist children living with cancer.
Like previous offerings, this one is full of jokes, with some contributed by Aussie celebrities including Kate Richie, Matt Moran and Lote Tuqiri. Jokes are organised into categories including sport, animals, school, knock-knocks and more. Illustrations are comic style line drawings, provided by Louis Shea.
At just $9.99 rrp and, in support of such a good case, this is an offering well worth buying for a jokester in your life.
502 More Great Aussie Jokes
Scholastic Australia, 2009
This book can be purchased online from Fishpond.
Q. What do you call a platypus trapped under a rock?
A. A flatypus.
Q. What’s green, sticky and smells like eucalyptus?
A. Koala spew.
This is the third joke book produced by Scholastic Australia in recent years to support Camp Quality. Following on from the success of Laugh Out Loud! and Laugh Even Louder, 501 Great Aussie Jokes is full of jokes which will have primary school aged readers laughing out loud. I tried some out on my almost fifteen year old son and even he managed a wry grin (he’s not easily impressed).
There are contributions from famous Australians including Kerri-Ann Kennerly, Steve Jacobs and Adam Cox, as well as cute and humorous black and white illustrations by Louis Shea.
With a cover price of $9.99 and royalties going to Camp Quality, this is a worthwhile purchase.
501 Great Aussie Jokes
Scholastic Australia, 2008
Red monster: That cute girl over there just rolled her eyes at me!
Blue Monster: Well you’d better roll them back, she probably needs them.
A multicoloured target on the front cover of Laugh Even Louder includes as its bull’s eye a laughing child. Open the front cover and you’ll hear a child’s laughter. The first page is covered with the word ‘giggle’. There is no prize for guessing the intent of this title! This is a book full of jokes, some short, others longer. Contributions come from a wide variety of well-known Australians including Adam Hills, Ann James and Kostya Tszyu, and also from children all around the country. This is the second collection of jokes published to benefit Camp Quality, an organisation which supports children with cancer and their families. The first was Laugh Out Loud.
Laugh Even Louder includes jokes for all ages, from simple ‘knock-knocks’ to longer and more complex anecdotes. There is some theme grouping, and some grouping of contributors eg four well-known cricketers tell their jokes on the same opening, but mostly the jokes are a mixture, catering to a variety of tastes. The final page of Laugh Even Louder invites reader to enter their jokes on line for the chance of publication and to win great prizes. Travis Nixon’s winning joke for this collection is on page 19. There can never be too much laughter in the world, and when the book has the added benefit of helping those who perhaps most need to find something to laugh about, there is added reason to recommend it. Recommended for anyone who could use a laugh.
Laugh Even Louder, various authors, illustrator Bob Seal
Why DID the chicken cross the road?
So we all know that the chicken crossed the road, but just why did she do it? This little offering offers a variety of explanations for this conundrum. The police department don’t know why, but given some time alone with the chicken are sure they can find out. Grandpa thinks we shouldn’t be asking why – in his day if someone told you the chicken crossed the road, you just accepted it was true. There are also answers from George W. Bush, Jessica Simpson, Colonel Sanders and more.
A fundraiser for Camp Quality, this fun offering will appeal to adult readers just as much as children. Why not buy a copy and support the organisation that supports kids with cancer?
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? by Camp Quality
Scholastic Australia, 2006
What did the astronaut eat for breakfast?
An unidentified Frying Object.
What is a monkey’s favourite ice-cream?
What biscuit can fly?
A plain biscuit.
Laugh Out Loud is filled with jokes just like the three above – plenty of old well-known jokes, but just as many that kids will not have heard before. Many have been contributed by celebrities from around Australia – including Rove McManus, Gretel Killeen, Wendy Harmer, Andrew Daddo and many more.
The book has been produced by Camp Quality, a non-profit group which provides recreational, educational and financial support programs to children living with cancer and their families. All royalties from the sale of the book will go to Camp Quality.
As well as supporting a great cause and getting lots of good value laughs, readers will enjoy the sound chip inside the cover which plays the laughter of ‘Giggle’, Camp Quality’s mascot, when the book is opened. They will also enjoy the novelty of being able to choose the colour of the cover – which is available in six different colours.
Every household should buy a copy to support this worthy cause.
Laugh Out Loud! Camp Quality
Scholastic Australia, 2006