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Dogs Don't Tell Jokes by Louis Sachar

Dogs Don't Tell Jokes (1991)

by Louis Sachar

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This book is hard to pin-point an age range for. The MC wants to be a comedian, and so constantly tells sort-of funny jokes in preparation for the school talent show. I'd give this to the 11-year-old I know who loves really bad jokes, but there is also mention (in a humorous way) of a woman's long-legged-ness, and jokes about envisioning people (including said beautiful woman - who's the boy's teacher) in the shower. Because of this, no 11 year old boy should read this. So where does that put it? I don't know, and all I can say is the jokes are pretty bad, with a few funny ones, Greg (the MC) is a kinda cliche outcast with a talent (for jokes, in this book), and the plot is practically non-existent. The big, horrible calamity they build up to is - no, I won't spoil it. But it's pretty anticlimactic. I don't know, I didn't really like it at all, but it's not one star. I think I'd give it one and a half, if Goodreads gave that option. The romance is clumsy, too. Forgot to mention that.
I'd say girls could read this at a younger age than boys, just because talking about women the way it is done in this book might be rather provocative in boys, but girls are more likely to roll their eyes and blush at this rather bad view of how this boy sees his female teacher. ( )
  Jaina_Rose | Mar 1, 2016 |
I remember reading this as a child, over and over. I found a copy in one of my boxes of junk, along with Holes and other school-day-era books. ( )
  KillerCorp | Jul 27, 2015 |
Enjoyable, very quick read. The boys and I were laughing a lot. The story is especially appropriate right now because I have a son who wants to be the class clown and does not know when to hold back a joke. ( )
  learn2laugh | Sep 14, 2014 |
It took me a while to warm up to this one, and it can't compare to Holes, There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom, or Wayside School..., but the last fifty pages are quite good. ( )
  5hrdrive | Nov 15, 2008 |
Gary Boone, also known as "Goon," is always telling jokes. Jokes are his life. However, his parents, schoolmates, and teachers do not always appreciate his mindset. Therefore, Goon has a lot of trouble making friends.

When his school decides to have a talent show, Goon signs up right away to do a stand-up comedy act. He thinks that showing off his best jokes will make people realize how funny he is and make everyone want to be his friend. Will Goon's plan succeed, or will it alienate him further from those around him?

Dogs Don't Tell Jokes is an enjoyable read for ages 10 and up. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll cringe and groan and cheer. ( )
  weener | May 20, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0679833722, Paperback)

Twelve-year-old jokester Gary Boone knows he was born to be a comedian, it's the kids in his class who think he's just a goon. Winning the school talent show would be Gary's dream come true, but on the big night his dream nearly backfires--with hilarious results.

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Twelve-year-old Gary, known as Goon because of his constant clowning and joke-telling, tries to change his image and make new friends at school.

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