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Funny Business

Clowning Around, Practical Jokes, Cool Comedy, Cartooning, and More…

by (author) Helaine Becker

illustrated by Claudia Dávila

Owlkids Books Inc.
Initial publish date
Sep 2005
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2005
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    Publish Date
    Sep 2005
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 6


There’s no business like funny business when Helaine Becker is at the helm. Following her good-times-for-all, smash-hit Boredom Blasters, Helaine serves up another barrel of laughs. This book is full of seriously funny stuff. It’s a workshop in all types of humor — the fun part is deciding what type of funny you are! You’ll find out how to come up with a killer stand-up comedy routine and how to draw your own sidesplitting comic strips. You’ll see what separates a good clown from a stupendous one, and how to perform clown basics like juggling and pratfalls. You’ll also find some previously classified information on how to make the most gut-bustingly hysterical practical jokes ever, without getting grounded! Tasty recipes, hilariously inspired crafts, crazy jokes, fascinating facts, and giggle-inducing activities complement each chapter.

About the authors


Helaine Becker
est l'auteure de nombreux livres jeunesse primés. Elle a écrit plus de 80
livres, dont Raconte-moi les graphiques : L'histoire de William Playfair et
l'album illustré à succès Un porc-épic dans un sapin. Helaine
habite à Toronto, en Ontario.


HELAINE BECKER is the author of numerous of books of fiction and non-fiction for children, among them the best-selling A Porcupine in a Pine Tree and its sequel, Dashing Through the Snow: A Canadian Jingle Bells, The Haunted House That Jack Built and Little Jack Horner, Live from the Corner. Her books have won the Silver Birch Award and the CBA Libris Award and have been shortlisted for the Red Cedar, the Hackmatack and the Rocky Mountain awards. Helaine lives in Toronto with her family. Visit her at

Helaine Becker's profile page


CLAUDIA DÁVILA a été directrice artistique des magazines Chirp et ChickaDEE, en plus d’être l’auteure-illustratrice de la série de bandes dessinées primées The Future According to Luz et de l’album Super Red Riding Hood. Elle a également illustré l’ouvrage percutant et multi récompensé Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War de Michel Chikwanine et Jessica Dee Humphreys, ainsi que Viminy Crowe’s Comic Book de Marthe Jocelyn et Richard Scrimger. Claudia est née à Santiago, au Chili, et vit maintenant à Toronto avec sa famille.


Claudia Dávila is the former art director of Chirp and chickaDEE magazines, and is the author-illustrator of the award-winning graphic novel series The Future According to Luz and the picture book Super Red Riding Hood. Claudia illustrated the powerful and multi-award-winning book Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War by Michel Chikwanine and Jessica Dee Humphreys, Viminy Crowe's Comic Book by Marthe Jocelyn and Richard Scrimger and The Canadian Kids Guide to Outdoor Fun by Helaine Becker. Claudia was born in Santiago, Chile, and lives in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children.

Claudia Dávila's profile page


  • Short-listed, British Columbia Library Association, Red Cedar Book Award
  • Commended, Canadian Toy Testing Council, Recommended Books

Editorial Reviews

Funny Business is attractively designed, and the variety of content guarantees that most children will find something to interest them between its covers.

Resource Links

A great collection of comic possibilities.

School Library Journal

The writing is snappy and upbeat, with energetic illustrations to match… A copy of Funny Business could be just the thing to unleash all sorts of hidden talents in your children, or at least keep them from being bored for a couple of hours.

Lethbridge Herald

You can have all kinds of fun with Funny Business. Explore your comic intelligence, try out gags and routines on friends, create a cartoon strip, and make all kinds of tasty recipes…


A follow-up to Becker’s popular Boredom Blasters, Claudia Davila colorfully illustrates this lively instruction manual of fun.

New Brunswick Telegraph Journal

five out of five stars

New Brunswick Reader

For all you practical jokers, Funny Business will crack you up.

Oakville Beaver

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