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Dec 03 2012

1001 Aussie crack-ups from Camp Quality

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Scholastic Australia, 2012. ISBN9781742833194.
(Age: Primary) Recommended for children who like jokes. There are 100's of jokes contained in this volume. They have come from Australian children, celebrities and the public and would keep entertained even those children who like to tell jokes over and over again. Perhaps they would give some variety to the long suffering adult who has to listen to the same joke repeatedly.
Here is a sample of one of the jokes and it will give you an idea of the fun that will be had with this book:
Where did the Aussie general keep his armies? In his sleevies (Sebastian Terry, 100 Things charity campaigner).
A Contents page organises the book into different topics. Examples are: It's an emergency (Which Australian reptile is always sick? A crookodile.); Goody geography (Which country has the most microbes? Germ-any.)
The purchase of this book will support kids with cancer. Camp Quality is the children's family cancer charity that 'believes in building optimism and resilience in the lives of children and families.' This includes a belief that laughter is the best medicine. Children also have the opportunity to send in a joke to Camp Quality and it could be published in the next year's joke book.
This would be an ideal gift for children with a sense of humour and the source of many chortles in a library.
Pat Pledger

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