Laugh Out Loud

Humor is very individual. This is a sampling of books that make us laugh. Humor runs an emotional gamut too: the other side of that laughter might be tears. These books can be found in the Juvenile, Teen, and/or Adult collections of the San Francisco Public Library. Please check the online catalog for location, or ask a librarian for help.


  • Red by Alison Cherry.  Felicity St. John has it all: loyal best friends, a hot guy, and artistic talent. And she's right on track to win the Miss Scarlet pageant. Her perfect life is possible because of just one thing: her long, wavy, coppery red hair. Having red hair is all that matters in Scarletville. Redheads hold all the power--and everybody knows it. That's why Felicity is scared down to her roots when she receives an anonymous note: I know your secret.
  • Blaze, or, Love in the Time of Supervillains by Laurie Boyle Crompton.  Blaze is tired of spending her life on the sidelines. All she wants is for Mark the Soccer Stud to notice her. Not as Josh's weird sister who drives a turd-brown minivan. And not as that nerdy girl who draws comics. What she gets is her very own arch-nemesis. Name: Mark Deninger, aka Mark the Shark Occupation: Soccer star and all-around lady killer Relationship Status: Serial dater Group Affiliation: No loyalty Known Superpowers: Anti-girlfriend force field, breaking hearts Mark may have humiliated Blaze supervillian-style, but what he doesn't know is how geek girls always get revenge.
  • Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg. Sick of living in the shadow of her seven-year-old pageant queen sister who is praised for her looks, Lexi resolves to get a makeover when she determines her personality just isn't enough to garner the attentions of boys.
  • Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst. After sixteen-year-old vampire Pearl Sange is stabbed through the heart by a were-unicorn, she develops non-vampire-like traits that lead her to save her high school classmates from the Vampire King of New England.
  • Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart. New Jersey teens Jake Stephenson and Amanda Blake are turning into zombies and, having devoured half of their senior class, they are on the run, pursued by teen psychic Cass, a member of a government unit charged with killing zombies and keeping their existence secret.
  • The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer.  When a sleazy reality television show takes over Ethan's arts academy, he and his friends concoct an artsy plan to take it down 
  • Firecracker by David Iserson. Forced to attend public school after being expelled from her elite private school, Astrid earns the enmity of her new peers as a result of her biting wit and competitive worldview until fellow misfits teach her a lesson in humility.
  • Axe Cop by Malachai Nicolle and Ethan Nicolle (Graphic Novel). Collects the webcomic "Axe Cop," written by five-year-old Malachai Nicolle and illustrated by his older brother Ethan, in which the hero fights alongside Dinosaur Soldier, Flute Cop, Ghost Cop, and other unique police officers in a variety of crime-fighting adventures. Others in the series: Bad Guy Earth3President of the WorldAxe Cop Gets Married
  • Zits. Chillax by Jerry Scott. Jeremy Duncan, future rock god, is going to his first real rock concert (Gingivitis Rules!) without his parents (hallelujah!) and with a mission in mind.
  • Winger by Andrew Smith. Two years younger than his classmates at a prestigious boarding school, fourteen-year-old Ryan Dean West grapples with living in the dorm for troublemakers, falling for his female best friend who thinks of him as just a kid, and playing wing on the Varsity rugby team with some of his frightening new dorm-mates.
  • Deadpool, vol. 1: Secret Invasion vol. 1 by Daniel Way.  The Skrulls have invaded, and no one on Earth is safe. Shape-shifting aliens bent on world conquest, they have infiltrated governments, businesses, even super-hero teams. But nothing they've ever faced has prepared them for Deadpool! Gifted with a healing factor that makes him nearly unkillable, Wade Wilson is the craziest mercenary to ever karate-kick his way through the Marvel Universe. A wise-cracking, gun-toting, one-man army, he manages to save a baseball stadium full of innocent civilians from a Skrull attack all by himself. 

Updated: July 2014


  • Whoogles: Can a Dog Make a Woman Pregnant? --- and Hundreds of Other Searches That Make You Ask "Who Would Google That?" by Kendall Almerico and Tess Hottenroth. "If I use a tampon, am I still a virgin?" "How drunk am I?" "Can I catch herpes from my cat?" "Is it bad to make yourself throw up?" There's strange and then there's Google strange.
  • Rapture Practice, a True Story by Aaron Hartzler.  In this funny and heartfelt coming-of-age memoir, debut author Aaron Hartzler recalls his teenage journey to find the person he is without losing the family that loves him. It's a story about losing your faith and finding your place and your own truth--which is always stranger than fiction.
  • The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics by Grady Klein and Alan Dabney, Ph. D. Employing an irresistible cast of dragon-riding Vikings, lizard-throwing giants, and feuding aliens, the renowned illustrator Grady Klein and the award-winning statistician Alan Dabney teach you how to collect reliable data, make confident statements based on limited information, and judge the usefulness of polls and the other numbers that you're bombarded with every day.
  • Bad for You: Exposing the War on Fun by Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham. Stuff in this book goes back centuries-all the way to Plato (yeah, that one) and his worries over the new "technology" of his time: the written word! Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham cleverly expose the long-standing CAMPAIGN AGAINST FUN for what it really is: a bunch of anxious adults grasping at straws, ignoring scientific data, and blindly yearning for the good old days that never were. Bad for You presents the facts, figures, and a whole lot more-in eye-grabbing graphics-to debunk these myths and give kids the power to prove there's nothing wrong with having fun . . . or with being young.
  • How to Fight, Lie, and Cry Your Way to Popularity (and a Prom Date): Lousy Life Lessons from 50 Teen Movies by Nikki Roddy. This hilarious read gives us synopses from 50 classic teen movies and brings to light all the brilliant (well, maybe not) advice offered up in each one.
  • No Regrets: The Best, Worst, and Most #$%*ing Ridiculous Tattoos Ever by Aviva Yael and P.M. Chen. Remember that time you were wasted and thought it would be a good idea to get a tattoo on your leg of Maury Povich shaking hands with Sasquatch, but your friends talked you out of it at the last second? Well, some people don't have any friends...

Updated: July 2014

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