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. Volume XII Number 5 . . . . October 28, 2005
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.
A Canadianized version of the knucklehead jokes appears in the 17 jokes found in “Oh, You Canucklehead!” section.
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!
Dave Jenkinson teaches courses in children’s and adolescent literature in the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba.
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