Why I Write Funny Kid Books by Matt Stanton

Why I Write Funny Kid Books by Matt Stanton

 

Words| Matt Stanton

A kid put up his hand in class. He was nine years old, sweaty and red from a lunchtime of running and laughing and he was raising his hand for one reason.

I had asked if anyone hated reading.

He wasn’t the only one either. In every school I visit, in every primary school class, there are kids who describe themselves as kids who hate reading.

There are a host of potential reasons for this – they’ve had difficulty learning the skill, they’ve struggled to be interested in the things they’ve had to read, they’re lacking in confidence etc.

But I’ve noticed that increasingly kids as young as eight or nine can choose to adopt this phrase and use it to define themselves: I hate reading.

I love meeting these kids. I look for these kids.

These kids are the reason I write my Funny Kid books.

I believe no one actually hates reading, even though there are certainly things we all hate to read. I might hate some movies but I don’t hate watching movies. I might dislike some music but I don’t dislike listening to all music.

Kids may not like the school readers they’ve had to bring home, but they’ll like reading video game packaging or things that interest them online.

If a child is saying they hate reading, all it means is they haven’t found something they’ve loved to read yet.

So we need a different way in.

This is why I write my Funny Kid series. Not every child says they love to read, but every child loves to laugh. So my job is to make every page as funny as I possibly can and to engage them from the moment they open the first page. I do this using words and illustrations and by ensuring that I’m speaking in their language.

Kids don’t need to read Funny Kid because they love reading. They can read it because they love laughing.

So when I get emails from kids like Eric who told me, ‘I never liked reading until I read Funny Kid’ it reminds me why I do what I do.

Because all it takes is one book to change everything.

Matt Stanton is the author of the Funny Kid series. 

Read our review of Funny Kid Slapstick and Funny Kid Get Licked

Matt Stanton is a bestselling children’s author and illustrator, with more than half a million books sold. He is the co-creator of several bestselling picture books, including the mega-hits There Is a Monster Under My Bed Who Farts, and This Is a Ball. He launched his much-anticipated middle-grade series, Funny Kid, around the world in 2017. The first book in the series, Funny Kid for President, debuted as the #1 Australian kids’ book, and Funny Kid is fast winning legions of fans around the world. He lives in Sydney with his wife, bestselling picture book creator Beck Stanton, and their three young children.

Reviews

Funny Kid, Fabulous Series: Review Funny Kid Slapstick

Review

9 July 2019

Funny Kid, Fabulous Series: Review Funny Kid Slapstick

Return of the Funny Kid: Read an extract from Funny Kid Get Licked by Matt Stanton

Review | Extract

20 November 2018

Return of the Funny Kid: Read an extract from Funny Kid Get Licked by Matt Stanton

Mad About Max: Review of Funny Kid: Get Licked by Matt Stanton

Review

20 November 2018

Mad About Max: Review of Funny Kid: Get Licked by Matt Stanton

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Publisher details

Funny Kid Slapstick #5
Author
Matt Stanton
Publisher
HarperCollins
Genre
Children’s Fiction
Released
17 June, 2019

Synopsis

Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen.Only now he's been forced to join the local ice-hockey team, and there's nothing funny about slipping over and getting a frozen bum. Or is there?Max is the funny kid ... and this time he's skating on thin ice!Epic fails, a wrestling rhinoceros called Roxanne, fake news, locker rooms filled with popcorn and the dreaded return of Mr Armstrong are just some of the things in store for Max and his friends in this brand-new Funny Kid adventure.

Synopsis

Every kid wants to laugh, but Max is the boy who can make it happen.And it's about time he used his talents for a good cause!Max is the funny kid ... and there are endangered animals to save!Putting the fun in fundraising, launching a puppy-smuggling operation, fighting the great Redhill canteen war and planning a secret theme park are just some of the things in store for Max and his friends in this brand-new Funny Kid adventure!For fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Tom Gates and WeirDo, FUNNY KID is the mega-bestseller from author-illustrator Matt Stanton.
Matt Stanton
About the author

Matt Stanton

Matt Stanton is a bestselling children's author and illustrator, with over 930,000 books sold in Australia alone. He is the co-creator of the mega-hit picture books There Is a Monster Under My Bed Who Farts and This Is a Ball. He launched his much-anticipated middle-grade series, Funny Kid, in 2017. The first book in the series, Funny Kid for President, debuted as the #1 Australian kids' book, and Funny Kid is fast winning legions of fans around the world. He lives in Sydney with his wife, bestselling picture book creator Beck Stanton, and their three young children.

Books by Matt Stanton

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  1. Dawn Archer says:

    As an adult I love Funny Kid books too. I appreciate Matt’s style and gifting. Thank you.

  2. Rahman says:

    at springsige collage at mrs Scott’s calssroom in 5E we read fun kid’s books it makes everybody happy and i’am Rahman i’am the classclown like Max’s.