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. Volume XV Number 6. . . .November 7, 2008
From the "excerpt," it sounds like Duncan is in trouble. Curious how he got out of it? Turn the book upside down and read the answer provided. Want to try reciting a few hard tongue twisters? There is a tricky one about fresh fried fish. Jokes, including those of the knock-knock variety, can be found almost everywhere in this book as well as puzzles containing optical illusions and word games, and quizzes that will test your knowledge in science, pop culture and inventions. However, these jokes, tongue twisters and quizzes provide only some of the Ha! Ha! Ha! packed into this book by Lyn Thomas. Readers will also find a huge A to Z collection of trivia; facts about elephants, cats, zorillas and rabbits are listed in the Animal Planet chapter; and entries on early refrigerators, Easter Island and haunted houses are listed in the House and Home chapter. To end the book, Lyn Thomas includes all things weird and wonderful. Here, young readers can learn the origin of the expression "saved by the bell," read about mummies, and choose from among five pages of monster themed jokes. The trivia included in Ha! Ha! Ha! and Much More is meant to astound and amuse- and it does just that- whether you're reading about animals, the human body, or the weather.
Ha! Ha! Ha! and Much More contains material that originally appeared in Thomas's books Ha! Ha! Ha! and What? What? What?. For her newest book, Thomas's collected facts and trivia are presented on pages with attention grabbing art. Dianne Eastman's creative black and white illustrations appear with many 19th and 20th century engraving and illustrations by anonymous artists. Young readers will see a light bulb talking about the amazing brain, and a group of sun worshipping cats telling each other feline themed jokes. The 13 mammal question and answers in the first chapter are each illustrated with a small cartoon, and a violin and a bag of money have been turned into "people" in the Everyday People chapter.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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