Humor books for fourth graders

Your grade schooler will love these stories that make light of rabbit vampires, wimpy kids, and more.

By GreatSchools Staff

The Not-Just-Anybody Family

The Not-Just-Anybody Family

The Not-Just-Anybody Family by Betsy Byars (Holiday House, 2008 reissue)
$6.95, Amazon / IndieBound / Powell's

The Blossoms are no ordinary family. With a mother who is a rodeo trick rider, a grandfather who innocently manages to scare the local citizenry and get arrested, and a dog that wears a red bandana — not to mention a boy who thinks he can fly — it's not surprising that the Blossoms attract misadventures. 160 pages.

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Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow

Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow

Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow by James Howe, illustrated by Eric Fortune (Atheneum, 2006)
$5.99, Amazon / IndieBound / Powell's

The Monroe family is visited by the famous author of the FleshCrawlers books. When the author and his crow show an unusual interest in Bunnicula, the Monroe pets are sure that their favorite rabbit is in danger. 160 pages.

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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules by Jeff Kinney (Amulet Books, 2008)
$13.95, Amazon / IndieBound / Powell's

This book has sibling rivalry, one wild party, and some scheming to cheat on tests and get out of chores. The great thing is, like most middle school kids, the characters get caught and are punished. Families can talk about lying and friendship: Why was Greg’s mother more upset when she found out he lied? How would you feel if your friends treated you like Greg treated Chirag? Have you ever done something at school that made other people feel bad but made you feel cool and popular? 224 pages.

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