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I Funny

A Middle School Story
By James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein (Paper Over Board, 2013)
Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world's greatest standup comedian--even if he doesn't have a lot to laugh about these days. He's new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn't let Jamie's wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn't let his situation get him down. When his Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called The Planet's Funniest Kid Comic, Jamie knows he has to enter. But are the judges only rewarding him out of pity because of his wheelchair, like Stevie suggests? Will Jamie ever share the secret of his troubled past instead of hiding behind his comedy act?

Following the bestselling success of the hilarious Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life, James Patterson continues to dish out the funnies in another highly-illustrated, heartfelt middle school story. (Includes more than 175 black-and-white illustrations.)

  • Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    • Format: Paper Over Board

    • Price: $13.99 US/$15.99 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9780316322003

    • On Sale Date: 12/09/2013

    • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    • Imprint: Little, Brown and Company

    Formats Available: Hardcover Book, Electronic Book, Audiobook, Audiobook, Paper Over Board, Audiobook

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Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world's greatest standup comedian--even if he doesn't have a lot to laugh about these days. He's new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn't let Jamie's wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn't let his situation get him down. When his Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called The Planet's Funniest Kid Comic, Jamie knows he has to enter. But are the judges only rewarding him out of pity because of his wheelchair, like Stevie suggests? Will Jamie ever share the secret of his troubled past instead of hiding behind his comedy act?

Following the bestselling success of the hilarious Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life, James Patterson continues to dish out the funnies in another highly-illustrated, heartfelt middle school story. (Includes more than 175 black-and-white illustrations.)

James Patterson was selected by readers across America as the Children's Choice Book Awards Author of the Year in 2010. He is the internationally bestselling author of the highly praised Middle School books, Confessions of a Murder Suspect and the Maximum Ride, Witch & Wizard, Daniel X, and Alex Cross series. His books have sold over 275 million copies worldwide, making him one of the bestselling authors of all time. He lives in Florida.

Chris Grabenstein is a New York Times bestselling author who has also collaborated with James Patterson on Treasure Hunters and Daniel X: Armageddon. He lives in New York City.

Laura Park, a cartoonist and an illustrator, drew the pictures for Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life and Middle School: Get Me out of Here! She lives in Chicago.
  • Praise for I Funny:

    A #1 New York Times bestseller
    A 2014 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Nominee

    "....Poignant.... Readers learn about [Jamie's] devastating loss and recovery from a tragic event....The affecting ending, which reveals a more vulnerable Jamie behind the guise of his humor, celebrates Jamie's resilient spirit."
    (Kirkus Reviews
    ).

  • "The broad humor that runs throughout this heavily illustrated story... masks personal pain, demonstrating resiliency in the face of tragedy."
    (Publishers Weekly
    ).

  • "A brimming bucket of bada-bing!" (Booklist).

  • Praise for Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life:
    * "Patterson artfully weaves a deeper and more thought-provoking tale of childhood coping mechanisms and everyday school and family realities, readers are drawn into a deeper understand of and compassion for the main characters." (School Library Journal, starred review).

  • "A keen appreciation of kids' insecurities and an even more astute understanding of what might propel boy readers through a book.... a perfectly pitched novel."
    (Los Angeles Times).

  • "It's a chatty, funny, engaging book.... filled with energetic cartoons... that will appeal to your little rebel, depicting teachers as dungeon-keepers, matadors and flying dragons. Patterson... knows how to structure a plot and builds in some surprising--even touching--twists.... Rafe is the bad boy with a heart of gold." ( New York Times ).

  • "The book's... dynamic artwork and message that 'normal is boring' should go a long way toward assuring kids who don't fit the mold that there's a place for them, too." ( Publishers Weekly ).

  • "Cleverly delves into the events that make middle school so awkward: cranky bus drivers, tardy slips, bathroom passes and lots of rules.... Hopefully, this isn't eh last we hear from Rafe Khatchadorian." (The Associated Press).

  • "Incredibly detailed and imaginative illustrations... add depth and humor.... an enjoyable story that even the most reluctant readers should enjoy." (Library Media Connection).

  • "There is substance as well as appeal here.... Patterson deftly manages the pace of revelations that take readers deeper into Rafe's fragile trust.... Readers ready for something else in the same vein but more substantive that Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Peirce's Big Nate should be introduced to Rafe." (Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books).

Product Details

I Funny
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Price: $13.99 US/$15.99 CAN
  • Pages: 320
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-1/4" x 7-5/8"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316322003
  • On Sale Date: 12/09/2013
I Funny