Parents' Guide to

Laugh Out Loud

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Tale of boy publisher aims high, falls short; best for fans.

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What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

Akiva L

I was 8 when I read it. I know very young and it is hard to understand younger then twelve

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Great role models

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1):
Kids say (2):

Frequent collaborators James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein (Treasure Hunters series) set out to inspire young dreamers with their fictional origin story of a boy who dreams of being a publisher. Laugh Out Loud works hard to sell kids on the magic of reading, but this ends up being a bit like the bland "broccoli books" Jimmy and his friends scorn. The repetitive plot is jammed with trite sayings seemingly plucked from motivational posters: "A kid who reads is a kid who succeeds," for example, and "Once you can read, you are forever free!" Characters are barely sketched out and shoehorned in to maximize references to Patterson's many books. It's a lighthearted book, but the funniest bits are found in illustrator Jeff Ebbeler's charming line drawings.

Would-be entrepreneurs will appreciate the nods to Silicon Valley startups and superstars, and take a few notes from Jimmy's quest to secure venture capital. Perhaps after reading this book by adults for kids, some will fulfill the vision of creating books by kids for kids.

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