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Funny Stories (1988) [Anthology]
by Hans Christian Andersen Italo Calvino Ann Cameron Karel Capek Judy Corbalis Roald Dahl Gerald Durrell Joyce Grenfell Norman Hunter Janosch Terry Jones Henry Lawson George Layton Robert Leeson Julius Lester Margaret Mahy Jan Mark Christine McDonnell Roger McGough Adrian Mitchell Bill Naughton William Papas Eric Partridge Michael Rosen Saki Isaac Bashevis Singer Catherine Storr James Thurber Jay Williams David Henry Wilson Rating: No votes (Rate!)
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Series: Story Library

Summary (From the publisher):

Michael Rosen's sense of humor is as broad as the world is round. In this splendid collection, he has gathered stories from places as far apart as Tunisia and Norway, Ireland and Pakistan - by an equally wide range of authors. He includes thirty-nine rib-tickling stories from some of the funniest and finest writers.

This lively volume embraces many different strands of humor, from "The Enchanted Toad" to "Elephant Milk, Hippopotamus Cheese," and "Handsel and Gristel." Illustrated with Tony Blundell's witty drawings, this is one of the most challenging and genuinely funny collections of stories to be published for years.

Stories chosen by Michael Rosen
Illustrated by Tony Blundell


  • Nothing to Be Afraid Of by Jan Mark
  • The Guest Who Ran Away - A folktale from Tunisia
  • Stupid Marco by Jay Williams
  • The Squire's Bride - A folktale from Norway
  • The Baron Rides Out by Adrian Mitchell (from The Adventures of Baron Munchausen)
  • The Maulvi and the Donkey - A folktale from Pakistan
  • Elephant Milk, Hippopotamus Cheese by Margaret Mahy
  • The Tortoises' Picnic - A folktale from England
  • The First Schlemiel by Isaac Bashevis Singer
  • Singsong Time by Joyce Grenfell
  • The Stowaways by Roger McGough
  • The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea by Ann Cameron
  • A Fish of the World by Terry Jones
  • The Rajah's Ears - A folktale from India retold by Michael Rosen
  • A Good Sipenn'orth Bill Naughton
  • Harold and Bella, Jammy and Me by Robert Leeson
  • The Jester and the King - A story from Poland retold by Michael Rosen
  • Times Aren't What They Were by Karel Čapek
  • The Enchanted Polly by Catherine Storr
  • Hudden and Dudden and Donald O'Neary - A folktale from Ireland
  • The Great Sea Serpent by Hans Christian Andersen
  • The Lizard Letdown by Christine McDonnell
  • Handsel and Gristle by Michael Rosen
  • Burglars! by Norman Hunter
  • No Mules by William Papas
  • The Musicians of Bremen by Janosch
  • The Girl Who Didn't Believe in Ghosts by David Henry Wilson
  • The Storyteller by Saki (H.H. Munro)
  • The Vacation by George Layton
  • The Enchanted Toad by Judy Corbalis
  • The Little Hatchet Story - Anonymous
  • The Private Life of Mr. Bidwell by James Thurber
  • Crick, Crock, and Crookhandle by Italo Calvino
  • Brer Rabbit Tricks Brer Bear by Julius Lester
  • Brer Wolf, Brer Fox, and the Little Rabbits by Julius Lester
  • The Loaded Dog by Henry Lawson
  • Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs by Roald Dahl
  • The World in a Wall by Gerald Durrell
  • The Hole by Eric Partridge

Original title: Funny Stories
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionChildren & Young AdultHumorous Fiction

The following works are contained within this one:
     Loaded Dog, the (1901) [Short Story]
      Author: Henry Lawson
     Storyteller, the (1914) [Short Story]
      Author: Saki
     Times Aren't What They Were (1932) [Short Story]
      Author: Karel Capek
     Private Life of Mr. Bidwell, the (1935) [Short Story]
      Author: James Thurber
     Burglars! (1947) [Short Story]
      Author: Norman Hunter
     Hole, the (1953) [Short Story]
      Author: Eric Partridge
     Crick, Crock, and Crookhandle (1956) [Short Story]
      Author: Italo Calvino
     World in a Wall, the (1959) [Short Story]
      Author: Gerald Durrell
     Good Sixpenn'orth, a (1967) [Short Story]
      Author: Bill Naughton
     First Schlemiel, the (1968) [Short Story]
      Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
     Stupid Marco (1970) [Picture Book]
      Author: Jay Williams
     Musicians of Bremen, the (1974) [Short Story]
      Author: Janosch
     Vacation, the (1976) [Short Story]
      Author: George Layton
     Singsong Time (1977) [Short Story]
      Author: Joyce Grenfell
     Girl Who Didn't Believe in Ghosts, the (1978) [Short Story]
      Author: David Henry Wilson
     Harold and Bella, Jammy and Me (1980) [Short Story]
      Author: Robert Leeson
     Nothing to Be Afraid Of (1980) [Short Story]
      Author: Jan Mark
     Pudding Like a Night on the Sea, the (1981) [Short Story]
      Author: Ann Cameron
     Fish of the World, a (1981) [Short Story]
      Author: Terry Jones
     Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs (1982) [Poem]
      Author: Roald Dahl
     Enchanted Polly, the (1982) [Short Story]
      Author: Catherine Storr
     Handsel and Gristle (1985) [Short Story]
      Author: Michael Rosen
     Baron Rides Out, the (1985) [Short Story]
      Author: Adrian Mitchell
     Elephant Milk, Hippopotamus Cheese (1986) [Short Story]
      Author: Margaret Mahy
     Enchanted Toad, the (1986) [Short Story]
      Author: Judy Corbalis
     Stowaways, the (1986) [Short Story]
      Author: Roger McGough
     Brer Rabbit Tricks Brer Bear (1987) [Short Story]
      Author: Julius Lester
     Brer Wolf, Brer Fox, and the Little Rabbits (1987) [Short Story]
      Author: Julius Lester
     Lizard Letdown, the (1988) [Short Story]
      Author: Christine McDonnell
     Jester and the King, the (1988) [Short Story]
      Author: Michael Rosen
     Rajah's Ears, the (1988) [Short Story]
      Author: Michael Rosen
     No Mules (1988) [Short Story]
      Author: William Papas

Edition #1: Funny Stories

Funny Stories (1988)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Michael Rosen
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Funny Stories (1988)

ISBN: 1856978834

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