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Classic Cartoon Characters, Such As Woody Woodpecker, and Cartoons Themselves Have Changed

A friend and I were discussing classic cartoon characters, such as Tom and Jerry and Woody Woodpecker, around the water cooler. We discussed why many cartoons from the golden age of animation were more adult than childish. We also discussed why characters like Woody Woodpecker changed from crazy to responsible adult throughout the years. There are many reasons why the pre-World War II characters and cartoons changed over the years.

Most people are aware that cartoons in the 1930s, 40s, and even 50s were more adult in nature. Characters drank, smoked, and worried about taxes. For example, I remember a Woody Woodpecker cartoon in which Buzz Buzzard was determined to sign Woody up for a life insurance policy. But, Buzz was going to make himself the beneficiary, knock Woody off and keep the insurance money. Pretty heavy stuff. Let’s dive into why cartoons were more adult like in this example.

First off, cartoons were more adult back in the golden age of animation because cartoons used to be shown before theatrical movies. Many of us Generation Xers and those who have come after us are used to seeing cartoons on television.

Graphic Novels for Girls: Three Series That Girls Love

Graphic novels are all the rage these days. Some of the most popular ones feature superheroes and boys as main characters. But where are all the girls? Here are three graphic novel series that girls love.

What are graphic novels? Basically, a book with lots of pictures. Until recently, that meant only picture books for young children, or comics. But nowadays, you can find textbooks, adventures, mysteries, just about any genre represented in a graphic novel.

Some take on the form of a comic book style. Others, like the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, are like journals. Some kind of mix the two, incorporating a journal with comic books, like in the Captain Underpants series.

But we were talking about girls, and the first one is Ellie McDoodle. Ellie loves to sketch, and she records her latest activities and thoughts in her books. The first of the series, Ellie McDoodle: Have Pen, Will Travel finds her on a camping trip with some relatives she doesn’t know very well.

Every single page of the book has at least one, and usually multiple, sketches on them. She even tells you how to play a few games, including Spoons, which made me remember doing so when I was a kid.

Her cousin, Eric, whom she calls “Er-ick!” also plays an important role. She doesn’t get along with him very well. He’s a typical pesky boy. Her monkey-boy brother irritates her, and she is uncomfortable having to hang around with her boring aunt and uncle, too.

Kids really relate to her adventures. They can understand how she feels and will laugh at and enjoy reading about the things that happen to her.

The next girl journalist is Amelia. She has an entire series of notebooks, all with the same black and white composition book type of cover. Like Ellie, she records her experiences and thoughts, but these are larger books, thinner, with full color illustrations.

Just Grace is yet another feisty and fun girl who draws and writes, although her books has far fewer pictures than the other two series. But she has a great sense of humor and enjoys helping others. In this case, her scary neighbor’s cat goes missing, and she is determined to help. Kids who like mystery and cats especially love this series.

So if your girls are feeling a bit left out of the graphic novel genre, those are three graphic novel series that feature girls. I guarantee that they will enjoy reading and viewing their journals and sketchbooks and get a good laugh or more in the process.

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Humour Books

There are titles such as Raiders of the Lost Car Park, Motorworld, What Not to Drive, Dilbert 2.0,The Little Book of Management Bollocks, Where Does it Hurt, Everybody Poos, Aches & Pains and Your New Baby. You will find that each one of these books has something to say in the field of their choice.

o Are there other types of books on humor?
o Will I be able to find other topics and subjects in the humor category?
o Are there books on humor for young children?

Other Categories in humor

There are quite a few other categories that are available on the subject of humor. You will find fiction, hunting, limericks, parodies, political, puns, rural life, word play, science, sports, tv, urban legends, love, sex, satire both general and classic as well as humor books for children. Each one of these categories of course has their own sub-category on the different types of books that you will be able to find. You can even find encyclopedias and essays that are all about humor.

Some of the books that you can find in these categories are The Encyclopedia of Immaturity, March Hares and Monkey’s Uncles, Puckoon, A Children’s Treasury of Milligan: Classic Stories and Poems, Shark in the Park, The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry, The Science of Supervillians, Science with a Smile, Brunvand Choking Doberman, Too Good To Be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends and The Bro Code.

Many of these books are written by famous actors and actresses while others are written by famous authors. You will find writers such as Barney Stinson, Tom Friedman, Ben Elton and Allan Morrison. Each of their books has something to say about something specific and they all have their own sense of humor on the subject that they have written about.

Children’s Humor

When it comes to humor for kids, the range goes from the young to the teenager. Many of the books that you will find with humor in them can actually teach your young one something. These books include Fox in Socks (Dr Seuss Green Back Books) and The Story of the Little Mole. Of course, there are books that are just plain funny for kids to read. These include The Silliest Joke Book Ever, Waddle Lot of Laughs Joke Book, Girls are Best, Harry Hill’s Whopping Great Joke Book, Joke Book (Sponge Bob SquarePants) and My Very First Joke Book.

There are quite a few different categories in the children department when it comes to humor books. You will find cartoons, collections, jokes, riddles, anthologies and humorous verse. It depends on the sense of humor your child has on what they will find funny and what type of books you should by. It is also important to remember that although you may feel that a certain type of book is great for your child, not all authors will appeal to your sense of humor as well.

A wise decision would be to look at several different authors before you decide to make your final choice on what to buy for your child to read. This way you will be able to find the type of books that your child likes and the authors that appeal more to their sense of humor for future purchases as well.