Review & Giveaway! I Even Funnier by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

4 Dec


Have I got a great giveaway to tell you about today! 😀

One lucky person will win a copy of “I Funny” PLUS a copy of  “I Even Funnier”! That’s right – both books in this awesome series by award-winning authors James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein! Read to the end to find out how to enter!


IEvenFunnierHCI Even Funnier

by James Patterson

and Chris Grabenstein

Hardcover: 368 pages -ages 8+

Published by Little, Brown and Company on December 9, 2013

After being declared “Funniest Kid in New York State” in I Funny (Book 1), Jamie Grimm is ready to go to the national semi-final comedy competition! Jamie, along  with Gilda Gold, Joey Gaynor & Jimmy Pierce, is ready to make you laugh until you bust a gut!  Jamie is totally psyched about the competition, but everything seems to be going wrong. Joey’s mom is dealing with having cancer and after getting into MAJOR trouble at school, Joey ends up having to move in with Jamie’s super-nice uncle  Frankie. Jamie is still living with his terrible Aunt and Uncle and his horribly mean cousin (we learn in Book 1 that Jamie was hurt (and is now in a wheelchair) and his parents killed in a car crash before the series starts and he lives with his mom’s sister and her family). When Joey moves in with Uncle Frankie, Jamie also goes to live with him, which is good because Jamie’s cousin is being worse than ever. Things are going pretty well until Uncle Frankie has a heart attack! With all this going on, will Jamie become “The Planet’s Funniest Kid” or will all of his dreams go down the drain?

This book was one of those where I remember the characters really well. I really enjoyed the story. The best part of the book – that no matter what happens, the characters don’t give up. All the hardships the characters in the book go through make me care for them even more. The characters are believable middle school kids. Some of the story plot seems a bit sad, but it’s really the kind of things kids have to go through every day. The humor in the book is hysterical and I had a few laugh out loud moments when I was reading it. I love Jamie’s motto – “Laughter is the best medicine” 🙂 Mr. Patterson and Mr. Grabenstein’s writing style is enjoyable to read. The book is very appropriate for middle school age kids even though it deals with some sad topic. I think this book can inspire everyone to persevere and follow your dreams. I can’t wait for the next book (I Funniest) to come out.  🙂

I give I Even Funnier 5 out of 5 bookworms!fivebooks

To learn more, please visit Mr. Patterson’s Middle School Books official website HERE!

Visit Mr. Grabenstein’s website HERE!

Follow Mr. Patterson on Twitter HERE and Mr. Grabenstein HERE!

Like Mr. Patterson on Facebook HERE and Mr. Grabenstein HERE!

Now for the Giveaway!

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is comment saying you want to enter. But you can ALSO give me your best joke, OR your best evil laugh (because I like evil laughs)! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! 😈

The contest runs until Tuesday December 10th. I will put all the names of people who enter in a hat (I haven’t decided what kind of hat, but I guess it should be funny). My sister Josie will pick a name out of the hat and I will announce the winner on December 11th! Good Luck!

52 Responses to “Review & Giveaway! I Even Funnier by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein”

  1. Neighbor Girl (@StanleyNKatrina) December 4, 2013 at 7:26 am #

    Thanks for the giveaway!
    ~Neighbor Girl


  2. Rita Borg December 4, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    I need to win and | want to win I must win Now Mwaaaaahahahahahwhhaa


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 5, 2013 at 7:12 am #

      You are NOT in*! MWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! 😈 *really, yes. Because I’m COMPLETELY evil, no.


  3. Marcia Strykowski December 4, 2013 at 8:35 am #

    Hi Erik—excellent review! Here’s my joke (which I also used in my own middle grade book): Why did the elephant sit on the marshmallow? ….So he wouldn’t fall into the hot chocolate! 🙂


  4. jama December 4, 2013 at 9:07 am #

    HO HO HO

    The I FUNNY guy is wearing my glasses. 😀


  5. Marlene Moss December 4, 2013 at 10:09 am #

    Oh dear, I don’t know anything funny, so I must really need to win this!


  6. Dave Eveleigh December 4, 2013 at 11:26 am #

    Great review, Erik 🙂 I would like to enter the contest.

    Do you know what the problem is with jokes? They always get elected.


  7. julie rowan zoch December 4, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    Lurv these covers!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 5, 2013 at 7:17 am #

      Are you in, or out? C’mon, tell me, give a shout! 😉


      • julie rowan zoch December 5, 2013 at 9:04 am #

        I hereby humbly admit, I am a terrible teller of jokes. Would you believe I cannot remember, in that instance of joy, the one where you know a joke that would suit the moment perfectly you gasp for the chance to tell it, and…. Yep, when push comes to shove, it’s g o n e. Whhooossh. With the wind. And so, because you are you, I will give you one I can at least tell, because it’s short: Learn sign language. It’s very handy. Sigh.


      • writersideup December 5, 2013 at 11:12 am #

        OK, I liked the “joke” 🙂


      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 6, 2013 at 5:00 pm #

        Heeheehee! That’s great (and I know what you mean. My spoken jokes go flat. I usually mess up the joke (punchline too…) 😦 )! 😀


      • julie rowan zoch December 6, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

        We are a couple a peas in a pod!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 9, 2013 at 9:00 am #

        And tomatoes on a vine (or whatever they grow on)! 😉


      • julie rowan zoch December 9, 2013 at 9:01 am #

        Heirloom tomatoes, or hybrid? Lol


      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 9, 2013 at 9:02 am #

        Umm… Alien? 😉


      • julie rowan zoch December 9, 2013 at 11:08 am #



      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 12, 2013 at 7:11 am #



  8. KidLitReviews December 4, 2013 at 2:48 pm #

    I want to WIN!!!!! (I never win these things.)

    Okay, at the risk of being banned from this site by your parents, here is my “joke:”

    Why did Tigger stick his head in the toilet?

    answer: He was lookiing for Pooh! (sorry Mom)

    Evil laugh: 👿 😈


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 5, 2013 at 7:20 am #

      Mom actually laughed at that joke. ME, being 74% mature, did not. And you call that an evil laugh? ‘’ – what’s with the bad grammar? 😈


      • writersideup December 5, 2013 at 11:14 am #

        You’re KILLin’ me, Smalls! 😉


      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 6, 2013 at 5:03 pm #

        YES! My plan is working, er, I mean, I’m SO sorry about that. 😉


    • writersideup December 5, 2013 at 11:13 am #

      Very cute toilet humor, Sue 😉


      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 6, 2013 at 5:02 pm #

        CUTE??? You have a bad sense of cute. Too you, probably a 48-year-old donkey is cuter than a newborn kitten. 😡


      • writersideup December 6, 2013 at 5:13 pm #

        Hmmmm…I’m gonna say it’s a toss-up between the donkey and the kitten! 😀 😀 😀


      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 6, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

        I rest my case…


      • writersideup December 6, 2013 at 5:15 pm #

        And your case needs a good rest. It’s about time. Been lookin’ kinda shabby. Didn’t wanna mention it. *runs*


      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 9, 2013 at 8:53 am #

        *humph* Great. You’ve put me in a bad mood. 😡


      • writersideup December 9, 2013 at 11:11 am #

        Hey, no need to get mad. Nothin’ that a long, hot bath won’t cure! HAhahahahaaaaaa!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks December 12, 2013 at 7:12 am #

        Good point. But I’ll be back! I’LL BE BACK!!! 😉


  9. Joanna December 4, 2013 at 3:01 pm #

    I want to win too! COOL titles!


  10. Susanna Leonard Hill December 4, 2013 at 8:46 pm #

    Wow! These books sound funny!… but also a little heavy with all the sickness and accidents! I like the idea of laughter being the best medicine though 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 5, 2013 at 7:22 am #

      Jamie says that when he was recovering, he read every joke book and saw every comedy at the hospital.


  11. writersideup December 4, 2013 at 9:34 pm #

    I’m glad you reviewed this book, Erik. I’ve seen them on the B&N shelves for the longest time and know they’re a big hit, but I’ve never been tempted to pick them up and take a look—maybe because of the improper english?! lol Now you’ve made me curious in a GOOD way. Thanks 😀


    • writersideup December 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm #

      And Erik, I didn’t read about the giveaway. Don’t enter me 🙂 I’m sure there are others who want the book more than I do! I already have SO many I still have to read anyway! lol


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 5, 2013 at 7:23 am #

      I never thought about them either, but now I love them! 🙂


  12. Patricia Tilton December 4, 2013 at 9:41 pm #

    Know that kids love this series. And your review certainly did the book justice! Really sounds like it is good for many belly laughs. Don’t enter me in the contest — have too much on my plate.


  13. ontheplumtree December 5, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    No one can compete with your evil laugh, Erik!


  14. readingwithrhythm December 5, 2013 at 11:33 pm #

    No way can I do an evil laugh like you Erik! but I have a joke — Why couldn’t the bicycle go? It was two tired. I need to win these books because I’m known as the class clown at school. I funny!!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks December 9, 2013 at 8:00 am #

      That’s a great joke, Rhythm! But nothing beats a growling dog! Wait. Why’d I say that? Um… Want a treat, girl? C’mon, have a treat! Take it! 😉


  15. Tina Estlinbaum December 7, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

    Wow! Great giveaway!
    Why do elves go to school?
    To learn the Elf-abet! Mwahahahahahah!!!


  16. Michelle December 9, 2013 at 1:25 pm #

    I would love to read both these books. Funny books are like second to Scary books on the list of what kids ask for in the library!
    What does Jack Frost eat for breakfast?

    (Frosties….) HAHAHAHAHAHA.


  17. Myra GB January 9, 2014 at 7:47 pm #

    Great giveaway! I haven’t personally read this series yet, but my daughter is crazy about them. Maybe soon, I’d get to these! 🙂


    • thiskidreviewsbooks January 11, 2014 at 11:34 am #

      They are great books! I can’t wait for I Funniest to come out (which Mr. Grabenstein says, “proves that Jamie doesn’t die in book 2” 🙂 )


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