________________ CM . . . . Volume XII Number 5 . . . . October 28, 2005

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101 Cool Canadian Jokes.

Erin O’Connor.  Illustrated by Bill Dickson.
Markham, ON: Scholastic Canada, 2005.
91 pp., pbk., $5.99.
ISBN 0-439-95205-0.

Subject Headings:
Canadian wit and humor (English).
Riddles, Juvenile.

Grades 2-5 / Ages 7-10.

Review by Dave Jenkinson.

** /4

excerpt:

What airline do grizzlies fly?
Bear Canada.

OK, jokes like that aren’t going to get you on Leno or Letterman, but every would-be stand-up comic has to start somewhere, and in elementary classrooms some of these “cool Canadian jokes” could be killers. O’Connor’s jokes have been divided into eight sections. “Wild Canada!” (from which the excerpt was taken) contains 21 riddle-type jokes involving animals. “When Canadians Come a-Knockin’” consists of nine knock-knock jokes.

Knock, knock.
Who’s there?
Tuque.
Tuque who?
Tuque you by surprise, didn’t I


     Fourteen sports-based jokes are found in “Jokes for Jocks.”

What do you get when you cross a great hockey player and a plumber?
Drain Gretzky!


     “Those Crazy Canucks” contains 18 more riddle jokes with a Canadian focus.

Why are Canadian students so smart?
They get a lot of ehs.


     Canadian places provide the focus for another 14 riddle jokes in “From Sea to Silly Sea.”

What’s yellow, has red hair and freckles, and lives in PEI?
Banana of Green Gables!

     A Canadianized version of the knucklehead jokes appears in the 17 jokes found in “Oh, You Canucklehead!” section.

Canucklehead: Doctor, my eye hurts every time I drink hot chocolate!
Doctor: Then take the spoon out of the cup first!


     Politicians bear the brunt of the half-dozen entries in “Capital Humour.”

What do you get when you cross the prime minister with an owl!
Someone who gives a hoot!


     And the book closes with “Top 10 Canadian Bestsellers.”

9. The Missing Mitten Mystery
by I.C. Fingers.

Some two and a half dozen cartoon-like illustrations by Bill Dickson provide visual expression to some of the jokes. As Winnipeggers are notorious for wanting bargains, I was delighted to see that the advertised 101 jokes really numbered 109, a bonus of eight jokes for the same price!

     A fun quick read!

Recommended.

Dave Jenkinson teaches courses in children’s and adolescent literature in the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba.

 

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