Book Finder
    
 
> Entertainment > Humor Entertainment > Limericks Humor
 

Big Little Book of Playboy Limericks
Editors of Playboy
1402730136
January 2005
Hardcover
·
 
Book Description
This wonderful book is overflowing with the razor-sharp wordplay and naughty sense of humor that have made the limerick hugely popular for centuries. Collected from the annals of popular verse as well as from the Party Jokes page of Playboy, these playful ditties are guaranteed to bring a smile to the lips (and a blush to the cheek).


The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry (Cartoon Guide To...)
Larry Gonick, Craig Criddle
0060936770
May 3, 2005
Paperback
·
 
Book Description
A refreshingly humerous but thorough ancillary guide to general chemistry from the author of the bestselling 'The Cartoon Guide to Physics' and 'The Cartoon Guide to Genetics'

About the Author

Larry Gonick has been creating comics that explain history, science, and other big subjects for over thirty years -- he wrote his first guide in 1971: Blood from a Stone: A Cartoon Guide to Tax Reform. He has been a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and is currently staff cartoonist for Muse magazine.



The Limerick Book
Kristin Odijk (Editor)
1741211654
August 2004
Paperback
·
 


Creepy Susie
Angus Oblong
0345433009
Sept 2004
Paperback
·
 
Book Description
Creepy Susie. Mary Had a Little Chainsaw. Milo's Disorder. Rosie's Crazy Mother. The Siamese Quadruplets. Emily Amputee.

Your mother never told you these stories.

She didn't want to scare you.

But Angus Oblong is not your mother.

If Edgar Allan Poe and David Lynch wrote a book, it might be as warped, wicked, and perversely funny as this treasury of twisted tales from childhood's Twilight Zone. So don't be alarmed if you find yourself screaming . . . with laughter . . . until the day you die. Which may be very soon . . .


From the Hardcover edition.

From the Inside Flap
Creepy Susie. Mary Had a Little Chainsaw. Milo's Disorder. Rosie's Crazy Mother. The Siamese Quadruplets. Emily Amputee.

Your mother never told you these...


You're Only Old Once!: A Book for Obsolete Children
Dr. Seuss
0394551907
January 1986
Hardcover
·
 
Book Review
Subtitled A Book for Obsolete Children, this unusual item in the Seuss canon doesn't really belong among the children's books. Written to celebrate the nonsense master's 82nd birthday, it follows "you" (an elderly gent in a suit and white moustache) through a physical check-up in some fiendish geriatric clinic. You are measured, prodded, and subjected to all the medical indignities familiar and unfamiliar to the elderly. "You must see Dr. Pollen, our Allergy Whiz, who knows every sniffle and itch that there is... He will check your reactions to thumbtacks and glue, catcher's mitts, leaf mould, and cardigans too. Nasturtiums and marble cake, white and blue chalks, anthracite coal and the feathers of hawks." It's clear that the process is going to be long, but much shorter than the bill. The blurb on the back says it all: "Is...


A Thousand and One Limericks
Book Sales, Inc.
0785818146
June 2004
Hardcover
·
 


Cautionary Tales for Children
Edward Gorey, Hilaire Belloc
0151007152
December 1, 2002
Hardcover
·
 
From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-Tales is written in the style of a picture book, with sprightly little rhymes that speak of the foibles of children and the horrible consequences thereof. First penned nearly a century ago, the sort of story that Belloc parodies continues to be written today and read to youngsters, but readers who are more sophisticated will better appreciate these tales of disproportionate punishment. Children are whimsically eaten by lions or consigned to life as a bootblack for their sins-or, by contrast, a boy who fires a loaded gun at his sister is reprimanded sternly. Gorey's artfully antiquated style exactly fits Belloc's writing and brings this edition to life-a single pen-and-ink line shows the sister's satisfaction at hearing her brother called to task. The previously unpublished illustrations...


Super Giggles: Knock-Knocks, Jokes, and Tongue-Twisters
Jacqueline Horsfall
0760767823
January 2005
Paperback
·
 


The Cunning Linguist
Richard Lederer
0312318138
Dec 2003
Paperback
·
 
From Publishers Weekly
Noted linguist Lederer (Anguished English) has a naughty side, which, combined with his unerring archival instincts, makes this collection of wordplays a bawdily noteworthy achievement. As long as one doesn't overdose on more than two chapters at a time (as the author warns one should not), this book repeatedly rewards the open-minded. How about the "poonerism" (that's what Lederer dubs a dirty spoonerism, or juxtaposition of sounds within a word or sentence) that defines call girls as "the lays of our dives" and a bordello as a "toll-cookie house"? Or the list of limericks and the pun-filled "delectable daughter" jokes? Lederer strives to illuminate the "verbal vivacity of our vocabulary and illustrate one of the most astonishing miracles of language-the ability of two or more meanings to occupy the same space...


Heavy Words Lightly Thrown : The Reason Behind the Rhyme
Chris Roberts
1592401309
August 18, 2005
Hardcover
·
 
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. A librarian by night and a London tour guide by day, Roberts deploys an informal style of scholarship to dazzling effect, transforming a catalogue of familiar nursery rhymes into a treasure trove of tantalizingly slippery archaisms, hidden etymological layers, arcane associations and buried meanings. Having explained how the Victorians sanitized nursery rhymes' traditionally earthy content, Roberts attends to each ditty separately, printing obscure variants and tracing historical references, from British constitutional history to bygone pagan customs. Unlocking the secret meanings of the past, Roberts also finds plenty of refreshingly straightforward modern-day analogies for the nursery rhymes—the chanted taunts of the average British soccer fan illustrate certain rhymes' original tone...


The Mad Bathroom Companion
Usual Gang of Idiots
1401203264
July 2004
Paperback
·
 


Mama's Got a Brand New (Diaper) Bag
Roger Price
1596092025
March 2006
Paperback
·
 
Book Description
Mama's Got a Brand-New (Diaper) Bag

"Baby and Me" yoga classes, the hot new stroller, and scheduled deposits to the Ivy League college fund-all necessities for today's hip young mother. With a little help from the success of Desperate Housewives and the Britney baby-buzz, Adult Mad Libs hops on board the hot-mom bus to poke fun at all the advice books for young parents. Whether your child is in diapers or in high school, there is something in here for you, with laughout- loud advice from our very own "super nanny" and Dr. Spock-like characters.


The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary
Ambrose Bierce, et al
0820324019
January 3, 2002
Paperback
·
 
Book Description
A virtual onslaught of acerbic, confrontational wordplay, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary offers some 1,600 wickedly clever definitions to the vocabulary of everyday life. Little is sacred and few are safe, for Ambrose Bierce targets just about any pursuit, from matrimony to immortality, that allows our willful failings and excesses to shine forth. This is the most extensively annotated edition of a work by Bierce ever published, and the first edition of The Devil's Dictionary to provide detailed bibliographical information on every entry. It will be celebrated by wits and word lovers everywhere. First time in paperback.

About the Author
Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914?) was one of nineteenth-century America's most renowned satirists. The author of short stories, essays, fables,...


Shakespeare Well-Versed
James Muirden
0802777333
Oct 2005
Paperback
·
 
From Booklist
Muirden's Rhyming History of Britain [BKL S 1 03] made brushing up on all those monarchs and PMs a romp, and now he makes absorbing the corpus of England's great dramatist more pleasant than Cliffs Notes ever did. History stuck to rhymed iambic tetrameter couplets to keep things comical throughout. For Shakespeare, however, Muirden uses several metrical forms to be differently witty about plays that vary from frothy (The Comedy of Errors, recounted in, essentially, A-B-A-B-rhyming iamb-tet quatrains) to prickly (Troilus and Cressida, the astringency of which is conjured by uneven stanzas of uneven lines that rhyme only in their final couplets). The six central Wars of the Roses plays are limned in Shakespeare's usual line, iambic pentameter, with plenty of feminine endings (and rhymes), while...


The Book of Poisonous Quotes
Colin Jarman
0809236818
September 1993
Hardcover
·
 
Book Description

A wickedly entertaining collection of caustic quips and witty criticisms.

About the Author
Colin Jarman is an experienced sailor and journalist and the features editor of Yachting Monthly, a British sailing magazine. Bill Beavis spent 12 years as a merchant navy officer and was assistant editor of Yachting Monthly.



The Verse by the Side of the Road : The Story of the Burma-Shave Signs and Jingles
Frank Rowsome Jr.
0452267625
October 1990
Paperback
·
 


I'm Too Young to Be Seventy: And Other Delusions
Judith Viorst
0743267745
September 2005
Hardcover
·
 
Book Description
The beloved bestselling author of Forever Fifty and Suddenly Sixty now tackles the ins and outs of becoming a septuagenarian with her usual wry good humor.Fans of Judith Viorst's funny, touching, and wise poems about turning thirty, forty, fifty, and sixty will love this new volume for the woman who deeply believes she is too young to be seventy, "too young in my heart and my soul, if not in my thighs."Viorst explores, among the many other issues of this stage of life, the state of our sex lives and teeth, how we can stay married though thermostatically incompatible, and the joys of grandparenthood and shopping. Readers will nod with rueful recognition when she asks, "Am I required to think of myself as a basically shallow woman because I feel better when my hair looks good?," when she presses a few helpful...


When the Teacher Isn't Looking
Ken Nesbitt
0684031280
June 2005
Paperback
·
 
Book Description
Kenn Nesbitt's When Teacher Isn't Looking contains humorous poems about school, covering everything from homework and tests to school lunches and detention. Nesbitt, well known on the school visit circuit, has contributed poems to many Meadowbrook Press humorous poetry anthologies.

About the Author
Kenn Nesbitt wrote his first children's poem, "Scrawny, Tawny Skinner," in 1994, inspired by having dinner with a friend whose four-year-old daughter did everything she could to get out of eating her dinner! Since then, Kenn has written five books of humorous children's poetry. His poems have been included in many anthologies of humorous children's poetry, including If Kids Ruled the School and No More Homework! No More Tests!, on audio CDs and in textbooks. His poems have also...


Archy and Mehitabel
Don Marquis
0385094787
April 17, 1970
Paperback
·
 
Book Review
Of all the literary genres, humor has the shortest shelf life--except for Archy and Mehitabel, that is. First published in 1916, it is a classic of American literature. Archy is a cockroach, inside whom resides the soul of a free-verse poet; he communicates with Don Marquis by leaping upon the keys of the columnist's typewriter. In poems of varying length, Archy pithily describes his wee world, the main fixture of which is Mehitabel, a devil-may-care alley cat.

Archy music will linger in your head long after you finish the book. Here's a tiny taste from his interview with a mummy:

"what ho
my regal leatherface says i

greetings
little scatter footed
scarab
says he"

Writers (particularly journalists) can go lifetimes without attaining such loose-limbed grace. And the illustrations by...



The Humorous Golf Poetry of Tom Edwards
Tom Edwards
0970110715
July 2001
Hardcover
·
 
Book Description
Tom Edwards celebrates what others may call the "miseries of golf" in this hilarious book of golfing verse. Edwards is no stranger to the game as is evidenced in the wide range of golf scenarios this volume explores. From the loss of balls (many balls!) to the horrors of the traps and everything in between, these poems expound on the frustrations as well as the joys of golf. Tom Edwards deftly captures the love/hate relationship many players experience with the game. And he does it with great good humor and style.

About the Author
Tom Edwards is a native of Milwaukee, WI and worked as Advertising Manager of the Buick Division of General Motors in Flint, Michigan before retiring. He now pursues his first love, writing. Tom specializes in amusing golf verse and is considered by...


Creepy Susie : And 13 Other Tragic Tales for Troubled Children
Angus Oblong
0345433017
October 1999
Hardcover
·
 
Book Description
Creepy Susie. Mary Had a Little Chainsaw. Milo's Disorder. Rosie's Crazy Mother. The Siamese Quadruplets. Emily Amputee.

Your mother never told you these stories.

She didn't want to scare you.

But Angus Oblong is not your mother.

If Edgar Allan Poe and David Lynch wrote a book, it might be as warped, wicked, and perversely funny as this treasury of twisted tales from childhood's Twilight Zone. So don't be alarmed if you find yourself screaming . . . with laughter . . . until the day you die. Which may be very soon . . .

Inside Flap Copy
Creepy Susie. Mary Had a Little Chainsaw. Milo's Disorder. Rosie's Crazy Mother. The Siamese Quadruplets. Emily Amputee.

Your mother never told you these stories.

She didn't want to scare...


Dysfunctional Family Christmas Songbook
John Boswell
0767919076
November 2004
Hardcover
·
 
Book Description
Somewhere, someone is having a perfect Christmas, filled with chestnuts roasting and sleigh bells ringing…

Screw ‘em.

Most of us are having just the opposite: a nutcrackin’ nightmare of anger, hurt feelings, evil in-laws, and carbs beyond counting. A time when grudges grow and gasses pass. A time of maxed-out credit cards and a ham that the vegetarians are ready to hurl through the frosty window.

It’s that holidays that we celebrate here.

Evil little brothers, pregnant tattooed sisters, horny dogs, and cross-dressing dads–they’re all here, ready to spread their Christmas cheer. So untangle the lights, spill some eggnog, and gather ‘round the place where happier families would have a piano. Now prepare to enjoy all the carols you...


Odds & Ends
R. Crumb
1582341362
May 4, 2001
Hardcover
·
 
Book Review
Fans of underground comics god R. Crumb know that he started his career in greeting cards, but few have seen examples of his earliest work. Forty years of his commercial and otherwise unpublished output is collected in Odds & Ends, a lovely companion piece to his better-known work in Zap Comics, Weirdo, and the rest. Including advertisements and announcements done for friends and family, magazine illustrations, and some surprisingly sensitive portraits, the book is essential for those who want to see how the man's work evolved in private, parallel to his published work. Odds & Ends shows Crumb at his silly, geeky best. --Rob Lightner

From Publishers Weekly
Called "the Brueghel of the last half of the 20th century" by no less a skeptic than establishment art critic Robert Hughes,...


Forever Fifty and Other Negotiations
Judith Viorst
0684832372
September 1996
Hardcover
·
 
From Publishers Weekly
In her seventh collection of verse homilies the prolific Viorst ( How Did I Get to Be Forty and Other Atrocities ) offers mild-mannered complaints about and righteous jubilation in honor of aging--specifically, turning 50. "No, I'm not ashamed of my age," she declares, observing that maturity brings wisdom, though various vexations ("Face lift, or no face lift--that is the question") follow close behind. Interspersed with her gripes is commonsensical advice: when youthful "fantasies of magic and of mystery" prove impractical, a spirit of compromise (the "sweet pleasures of an ordinary life") will come in handy. Though displaying her knack for penning advice columns in a conversational verse form, Viorst is not a poet, either major or minor: her lackadaisical, thudding rhymes and metrics owe more to the prosaic...


Redneck Haiku
Mary K. Witte
1891661299
Apr 2003
Paperback
·
 
Book Description
The redneck lifestyle is exposed through the hilariously antithetical filter of formal Japanese haiku in this collection of original verses. Each of the over 100 wickedly funny poems contains just three lines and 17 syllables, yet together they address the whole spectrum of redneck culture, including RVs, Wal-Mart, beer, Pop-Tarts, pickups, monster trucks, NASCAR, boats, trailers, trailer parks, barns, hunting, shotguns, dogs, Las Vegas, and the lottery.

About the Author
Mary K. Witte was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and raised on a farm in Porter, Oklahoma-the state's peach capitol. She lives in Fresno, California.


Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy
Gavin Edwards
0671501283
January 1995
Paperback
·
 
Book Description
DO YOU HEAR WHAT I HEAR?Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy is a hilarious collection of over 275 lines people think they've heard in pop songs from the 1960s to the 1990s. Now you can come out of that closet and proudly sing whatever you think you hear. Don't deny it! You know you've sung totally absurd lyrics in place of the real-and usually less interesting-ones. (It's nothing to ashamed of-most rock stars never took elocution classes.) Breeze through some of the world's most widely misinterpreted lyrics, including:"The ants are my friends/They're blowin' in the wind" ("The answer my friend/Is blowing' in the wind"-Bob Dylan)"Sweet dreams are made of cheese" ("Sweet dreams are made of this"-Eurythmics)"The girl with colitis goes by" ("The girl with kaleidoscope eyes"-The Beatles)Whether it's Eddie Vedder singing about...


Spam-Ku
John Cho
0060952784
Oct 1998
Paperback
·
 
Amazon.com
"I hear the Spam ball. / It bounces--porqua, porqua. / A haiku of spring." John Nagamichi Cho--self-described Spam Haiku Archive Master, or "S.H.A.M." for short, and researcher at MIT--has compiled a treasure-trove of uniquely delicious poetry from more than 40 porkphile poets. With piggy prose on everything from Americana: "perfection uncanned / like a beautiful redhead / fresh from her trailer" to philosophy: "I'm pink, therefore I'm Spam," Spam-ku: Tranquil Reflections on Luncheon Loaf is a perfect accouterment for those with a taste for the quirky. --Rebekah Warren

New York Times
"Clever, funny . . . profound."

See all Editorial Reviews


Haikus for Jews : For You, a Little Wisdom
David M. Bader
060960502X
September 7, 1999
Hardcover
·
 
Book Review
"Of all the many forms of Jewish-Japanese poetry, the Jewish haiku is perhaps the most sublimely beautiful," begins the foreword to the wickedly funny and tirelessly bizarre Haikus for Jews by David M. Bader. If you can't abide a little fun with stereotypes, read another book. But if you don't mind a little ribbing, take a look at the following haiku, which gives only a mild taste of the yummy-as-lox treats gathered in this collection: "Jewish voodoo tip -- / mention an acting career, / then watch for chest pain." And if you liked that, you'll love this: "Lightbulb out again -- / how many of us must meet / to change it this time?" And they just keep getting better.

Book Description
Why is this haiku book different from all other haiku books?

For centuries, the Japanese haiku...

  ©BookFinder USA LLC.
  All rights reserved.