Thursday, September 22, 2011

September 22nd Transcript--Humor

elissacruz Welcome to #MGlitchat! Your hosts are @AnshaKotyk and me, the ever funny (not) @elissacruz. Tonight's topic: humor in MG books. #MGlitchat -6:59 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @rachelgrinti And underpants! #mglitchat -7:00 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @rachelgrinti Been loving reading Captain Underpants--great poop talk there #mglitchat -7:00 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone RT @rachelgrinti: Getting ready for humor in MG #mglitchat I'm expecting a lot of poop talk. #mglitchat -7:00 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london @rachelgrinti When I do school visits the sure-fire laugh is always 'lizard poop' #mglitchat -7:00 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz First of all, let's define what types of humor you can find in middle-grade books (both fiction and non-fiction). #MGlitchat -7:00 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @Jenny_Lundquist @rachelgrinti I hate to admit it, but Professor Poopy Pants makes me laugh! I even played the game! #mglitchat -7:00 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
AnshaKotyk @ca_london Okay, I laugh at lizard poop. #mglitchat -7:00 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MGMafioso We interrupt this cooking (Chicken masala, naan, samosas) to join #mglitchat. Kids, fend for yerselves! -7:01 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @rachelnseigel @Jenny_Lundquist @rachelgrinti I think my new name was Poppy Liversniffer. #mglitchat -7:01 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MikeGrinti @ca_london I totally laughed at that. It was awesome. #mglitchat -7:01 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london @elissacruz I think there is a tendency, especially among us boys, to default to slapstick and potty humor #mglitchat -7:01 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone Poopy pants is just too darn funny to me. I want to go around calling people that at random. #mglitchat -7:01 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
AnshaKotyk types of humor in MG fiction: there's def the unsubtle... poop jokes. #mglitchat -7:01 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @Jenny_Lundquist @rachelgrinti Lol! I don't remember mine, but it was funny! #mglitchat -7:01 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
earthwards Hey everybody! Ready to talk humor? *passes out whoopee cushions* #mglitchat -7:01 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz I do think you have different levels of humor, depending upon the book. Some are laugh out loud riots, others are quietly funny. #MGlitchat -7:02 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JenniferCEstes @ca_london My 3 girls have that sense of humor too, as well as my son! #mglitchat -7:02 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @elissacruz Here's a question, at what age do kids get parody? #MGlitchat -7:02 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
AnshaKotyk Then there's the Diary of a Wimpy Kid style- how would you define that? #mglitchat -7:02 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MikeGrinti @ca_london It's not just boys :D #mglitchat -7:02 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz @ca_london I agreee. But that's not the ONLY kind of humor out there, is it? #MGlitchat -7:02 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
christinesarmel Woo-hoo I never make it for #MGlitchat. #soexcited -7:02 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone Funny is hard. Funny is very subjective. #mglitchat -7:02 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JoWhittemore For Middle Grade, humor relies more on physical comedy and absurd situations than it does clever wordplay. #MGlitchat -7:02 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london @MikeGrinti @ca_london Of course. And important to note. Girls have gross humor too #mglitchat -7:02 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @AnshaKotyk It's kind of a mix of slapstick and quiet humour. #mglitchat -7:03 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
AnshaKotyk @JoWhittemore I dunno Diary of WK has a bit of both... the word play always gets me. #MGlitchat -7:03 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone This girl did. Still does. RT @ca_london: @MikeGrinti @ca_london Of course. And important to note. Girls have gross humor too #mglitchat -7:03 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KristineAsselin To get parody, you need to know what is being parodied. Takes a bit of life experience to know the cultural references. 10? 12? #mglitchat -7:03 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
nardinisisters Hi All! #mglitchat -7:03 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london Clever word play is often funnier for the author than the reader. Or at least, when I do it #mglitchat -7:03 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz @JoWhittemore Though they are getting clever wordplay. Think Norton Jester's The Phantom Tollbooth. #MGlitchat -7:03 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @elissacruz @JoWhittemore I was just thinking that. Been my fave book since I was 9. #MGlitchat -7:04 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london Sometimes one needs to add a nod to the parents, give them something to enjoy too #mglitchat -7:04 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JoWhittemore Granted, you can have hilarious back-and-forth banter, but subtle snipes get lost. #MGlitchat -7:04 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london @elissacruz @JoWhittemore Here here! The Phantom Tollbooth rocks the genuinely funny wordplay #mglitchat -7:04 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @ca_london I refer to that as the Disney strategy. #mglitchat -7:04 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley RT @ca_london: Sometimes one needs to add a nod to the parents, give them something to enjoy too #mglitchat I agree with that! -7:04 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
AnshaKotyk @JoWhittemore Good point about the parents enjoying the humor too. #MGlitchat -7:04 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz (Okay, I'll admit it. I like the clever word play probably more than my MG kids do.) #MGlitchat -7:04 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @rachelnseigel @Jenny_Lundquist @rachelgrinti I have my copy right here if you want to know your name! *gives an evil grin* #mglitchat -7:04 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KristineAsselin @ca_london I love the nods to the parents a la Shrek and the like. #mglitchat -7:04 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley #mglitchat Hello. thanks for inviting me, Ansha -7:04 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @ca_london @elissacruz @JoWhittemore I think I get it more as I've gotten older than I did when I was younger. #mglitchat -7:04 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london @rachelnseigel ouch. I think of it as a subset, more Pixar... #mglitchat -7:05 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @Jenny_Lundquist @rachelgrinti Go for it! ;-) #mglitchat -7:05 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley RT @KristineAsselin: @ca_london I love the nods to the parents a la Shrek and the like. #mglitchat me, too -7:05 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KristineAsselin @LynNerdKelley Hi Lyn! #mglitchat -7:05 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @KristineAsselin @ca_london Movies from this past summer like Rango and Megamind had me howling. #mglitchat -7:05 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
christinesarmel Humor found in MG: silly adventures, clean jokes, physical comedy. Not usually found: irony, sarcasm, social commentary #MGlitchat -7:06 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
AnshaKotyk Just finished reading to the kids :The Big Fat Cow that goes Kapow! And I loved the goofy rhymes,I don't mind reading it 3 times #mglitchat -7:06 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @rachelnseigel @Jenny_Lundquist @rachelgrinti Gizzard Fanny! #mglitchat -7:06 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
PaulWHankins The MG humor I read has a knack for taking cultural entities and warping them just enough to make them allusions that still work. #MGLitChat -7:06 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @christinesarmel Lemony Snicket had a lot of that. Was maybe unusually clever for the age group, but kids loved it. #MGlitchat -7:06 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MikeGrinti @christinesarmel I think sarcasm is thought of as a teen thing, but there's irony and sarcasm. Just not always at the forefront. #MGlitchat -7:06 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
AnshaKotyk @christinesarmel Diary of Wimpy Kid has some serious irony AND sarcasm. right? #MGlitchat -7:06 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MikeGrinti Dur... I meant irony and commentary. #mglitchat -7:07 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LisaSong21 Anyone else read Darth Paper Strikes Back? I think we need more pictures in mg books. Great humor in doodles #mglitchat -7:07 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @christinesarmel I agree, but would like to see more irony #mglitchat -7:07 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KristineAsselin @rachelnseigel @ca_london We loved RIO--same kind of thing. #mglitchat -7:07 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london @MikeGrinti @christinesarmel MY MC's live and breath sarcasm...usually at the expense of the bad guys #mglitchat -7:07 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz @AnshaKotyk @christinesarmel But I think Diary of a Wimpy Kid was originally written/drawn for an adult audience. #ithink #MGlitchat -7:07 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @LisaSong21 I wish there were more pictures in Adult books. ;-) #mglitchat -7:07 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JoWhittemore @rachelnseigel @ca_london @elissacruz I'm not saying clever wordplay doesn't happen; I'm just saying it's not as prevalent #MGlitchat -7:07 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone I love irony and sarcasm. Just sayin'... #mglitchat -7:07 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
AnshaKotyk @LynNerdKelley @LynNerdKelley #mglitchat You're very welcome, glad to have you! #mglitchat -7:08 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JenniferCEstes @elissacruz I think you are right about Wimpy Kid #mglitchat -7:08 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelgrinti @LisaSong21 Ah, I haven't read it yet, but I loved Origami Yoda. I love funny art/doodles. #mglitchat -7:08 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist I think humor is especially helpful in books dealing with hard subjects. I'm thinking of Milo Sticky Notes and Brain Freeze #mglitchat -7:08 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
PaulWHankins "It's funny because it's true" works in MG if the reader can sense they are seeing that character each day in the cafeteria. #MGLitChat -7:08 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz @JoWhittemore @rachelnseigel @ca_london @elissacruz I agree. It's not as prevalent. #MGlitchat -7:08 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london @elissacruz @AnshaKotyk @christinesarmel Wimpy Kid was written without a young audience in the forefront of Jeff Kinney's mind #mglitchat -7:08 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MikeGrinti @ca_london But with great sarcasm comes great responsibility... it can bury genuine reaction (when done not-so-well) #mglitchat -7:08 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
yaytime @rachelnseigel @LisaSong21 Pictures in adult books = graphic novels. :) #MGlitchat -7:09 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
michaelascotto Sorry to join late, but what will I be learning about tonight? #mglitchat -7:09 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london RT @PaulWHankins: "funny because its true" works if the reader can sense they're seeing that character each day in the cafeteria" #mglitchat -7:09 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @ca_london @elissacruz @AnshaKotyk @christinesarmel I like Dear Dumb Diary & happy Bunny. Jim Benton is so wonderfully sarcastic. #mglitchat -7:09 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz So we have slapstick. We have funny to offset hard subjects. We have clever wordplay. Any other kinds of humor? #MGlitchat -7:09 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz @michaelascotto Humor in MG books. #MGlitchat -7:09 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @michaelascotto Humour in MGlit. #mglitchat -7:09 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
susanjsteward I'm not a fan of "strictly adult" jokes inserted into kid films and stories. I find it crass and . . . just wrong. #MGlitchat -7:09 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london @MikeGrinti So true! I wonder if anyone read my books knows if I pulled it off...anyone? #mglitchat -7:09 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KristineAsselin I love it when a book makes me unexpectedly laugh out loud. @jonathanauxier PETER NIMBLE was the most recent MG that made me LOL #mglitchat -7:10 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MikeGrinti We like to use funny that's more surprising than humorous. Characters saying unexpected things cause laughter. #mglitchat -7:10 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz @rachelnseigel Jinx! ;) #MGlitchat -7:10 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
nardinisisters @elissacruz I think there are 4 types of humor; physical, situational, play of language and character. #mglitchat -7:10 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
AnshaKotyk RT @nardinisisters: @elissacruz I think there are 4 types of humor; physical, situational, play of language and character. #mglitchat -7:10 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
TimothyPower_ I like funny situations in realistic life. #MGlitchat -7:10 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz @nardinisisters Nice summary. Thanks. #MGlitchat -7:10 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
susanjsteward I prefer those who don't write JUST for kids, but write to a no-age audience with youthful sensibilities, if that makes sense. #MGlitchat -7:11 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone @susanjsteward Just so we're (meaning me) clear, what do you mean by "strictly adult"? My mind is in the gutter. Naturally. #mglitchat -7:11 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz RT @nardinisisters: @elissacruz I think there are 4 types of humor; physical, situational, play of language and character. #MGlitchat -7:11 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
michaelascotto RT @nardinisisters: @elissacruz I think there are 4 types of humor; physical, situational, play of language and character. #mglitchat -7:11 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london Funny must come from a true place. If it's false, forced, or just crude for its own sake, it won't be funny #mglitchat -7:11 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
AnshaKotyk So how do we know when the humor works, while we're writing? Do you rely on betas to see if the funny worked? #mglitchat -7:11 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LisaSong21 @elissacruz self-deprecating humor, if done well #mglitchat -7:12 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KristineAsselin RT @ca_london: Funny must come from a true place. If its false, forced, or just crude for its own sake, it wont be funny #mglitchat -7:12 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
susanjsteward @elliefalcone Yep, that's what I mean--dirty jokes hidden in what might be considered a kid's film "for the grown-ups." #mglitchat -7:12 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz So, what do you find funny in MG books? #didIaskthisquestionalready? #MGlitchat -7:12 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london @AnshaKotyk I read aloud, hear the the rhythm. And then test. Not every reader will find the same things funny. #mglitchat -7:12 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
TimothyPower_ I love farce, but only if it's grounded. The funny needs to play against something to work for me. #MGlitchat -7:12 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @susanjsteward You made me think of JK Rowling. She said she never set out to write a children's book. #mglitchat -7:12 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
christinesarmel Three cheers for character humor. Love it. #MGlitchat -7:13 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
katyaczaja @elliefalcone A MG book I was reading recently had some cultural references my 10 yr old wouldn't get but I did. #mglitchat -7:13 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JenniferCEstes @LisaSong21 I don't normally write funny in MG, so when I make MYSELF laugh, I feel like I did something right. #mglitchat -7:13 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone @susanjsteward Got it. I was thinking of all the innuendos in cartoons, like Bugs Bunny. Love him still though. #mglitchat -7:13 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KristineAsselin @AnshaKotyk Excellent question. I never know what's funny in my own work. Unless of course I'm snorting while writing. #mglitchat -7:13 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JenniferCEstes RT @KristineAsselin: @AnshaKotyk Excellent question. I never know what's funny in my own work. Unless of course I'm snorting while writing. #mglitchat -7:13 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JoWhittemore @AnshaKotyk For me, I can just feel that a joke is off. There's a flat moment when I get to the punchline. #MGlitchat -7:13 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
susanjsteward @elliefalcone I know many like it, but it's not my thing. Prefer 1 audience (all ages) who think, feel, and "get" the same stuff. #mglitchat -7:14 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @JenniferCEstes @KristineAsselin @AnshaKotyk If I snort while writing something, I ALWAYS keep that part1 #mglitchat -7:14 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london Speaking of funny (and a little self-serving) y'all should check out @MGMafioso's blog #mglitchat -7:14 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KristineAsselin I was never a good joke teller. Takes a bit of effort to be funny. Snide, I can do. :) #mglitchat -7:14 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
AnshaKotyk What was your favorite MG funny book? The one that made you LOL? #mglitchat -7:14 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone @susanjsteward Oh, I agree. I didn't mean for that to come across otherwise. #mglitchat -7:15 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
susanjsteward @Jenny_Lundquist Yep, that's it! Sort of the PIXAR outlook (though they have gotten so depressing!). Maybe more like Muppets. #mglitchat -7:15 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london @AnshaKotyk Wimpy Kid makes me snort milk through my nose. And I don't even drink milk. #mglitchat -7:15 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JoWhittemore @susanjsteward @elliefalcone Yeah, but there's no audience like that. Everyone has a slightly different sense of humor. #MGlitchat -7:15 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @AnshaKotyk One of the Harry Potter books, can't remember which one, I just remember laughing my head off #mglitchat -7:15 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MikeGrinti @KristineAsselin I like snide etc. b/c even if the reader doesn't lol, it still works from a character perspective. #mglitchat -7:16 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenn_Rush @AnshaKotyk Diary of a Wimpy Kid always makes me LOL #mglitchat -7:16 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @susanjsteward Awww, I love the muppets. #mglitchat -7:16 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
susanjsteward @elliefalcone No, I was just expressing a personal preference. Lots find that hidden adult humor "saves" an otherwise bad story. #mglitchat -7:16 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london We should all study the Muppets the way Talmudic sages study Torah. #mglitchat -7:16 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LisaSong21 @AnshaKotyk Roald Dahl's Matilda still works for me...anything involving the Trunchbull #mglitchat -7:16 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JenniferCEstes Don't like when it's is inserted for grownups but goes over kids' heads. Hate when I have to explain stuff to my kids. #mglitchat -7:16 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz I laughed reading Alcatraz Vs. the Evil Librarians (Brandon Sanderson). Even the title is great! #MGlitchat -7:17 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KristineAsselin @MikeGrinti Yes! Thank you -- I love snide. #mglitchat -7:17 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley RT @LisaSong21: @AnshaKotyk Roald Dahl's Matilda still works for me...anything involving the Trunchbull #mglitchat -7:17 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @susanjsteward @elliefalcone I feel embarrassed to admit this, but I may be the only MG writer who still hasn't read Diary.. #mglitchat -7:17 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london @MikeGrinti @KristineAsselin I think snide coming from a 3rd person narrator can be alienating #mglitchat -7:17 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
christinesarmel Love quirky, funny characters like Goony Bird Green. #mglitchat -7:17 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
susanjsteward @JoWhittemore I think we might be talking about two diff. things. #MGlitchat -7:17 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JenniferCEstes I mean, stuff that's funny for adults, not for kids. #mglitchat -7:17 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JenniferCEstes Yes! RT @christinesarmel: Love quirky, funny characters like Goony Bird Green. #mglitchat -7:17 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MikeGrinti When something is important and interesting to the story, and also funny--great! Then the "joke" isn't the only point. Icing. #mglitchat -7:18 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
michaelascotto @Jenny_Lundquist @susanjsteward @elliefalcone you're not alone...but perhaps soon (it's 5th on my queue) #mglitchat -7:18 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz I also laughed reading both Savvy and Scumble (Ingrid Law). #MGlitchat -7:18 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london @KristineAsselin @MikeGrinti But from characters, snide is my favorite! #mglitchat -7:18 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone @Jenny_Lundquist I haven't read it either. Nor did I see the movie. #mglitchat -7:18 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mytweendom RT @ca_london: Funny must come from a true place. If it's false, forced, or just crude for its own sake, it won't be funny #mglitchat -7:18 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MikeGrinti @ca_london Exactly. Funny narrator is v. hard, and not my personal fav. Even Snicket wore on me, even though I lol'd. #mglitchat -7:18 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @elliefalcone Yay I'm not alone! #mglitchat -7:18 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone Oddly enough, I can't name you a funny book. However, the mysteries I read have a lot of funny in them. That counts, right? #mglitchat -7:19 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london @MikeGrinti I just cut a whole chapter when I realized it was only setting up a joke-not serving the plot. Sad. I loved the joke. #mglitchat -7:19 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz So, MG writers: Share your tips on writing humor (if you haven't already). #MGlitchat -7:19 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KateMessner I think some of the best humor in MG novels is funny because it's so true...the stuff everybody knows but nobody talks about. #mglitchat -7:19 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz @elliefalcone Yes, yes it does. I love mysteries with humor in them. #MGlitchat -7:19 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
susanjsteward Both kids & adults can get the humor of embarrassment, silliness, surprise. They may not share "gross" humor as much. #MGlitchat -7:19 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JenniferCEstes @elliefalcone I like humor in the midst of other stories. #mglitchat -7:19 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
AnshaKotyk RT @KateMessner: I think some of the best humor in MG novels is funny because it's so true...the stuff everybody knows but nobody talks about. #mglitchat -7:19 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
katyaczaja It's a bit old... but couldn't stop laughing while we read the Faraway Tree series aloud. #mglitchat -7:19 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MikeGrinti @ca_london We cut a lot of jokes. They were funny when we wrote them, but just undermined genuine emotions from the chars... #mglitchat -7:19 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelgrinti RT @KateMessner: I think some of the best humor in MG novels is funny because it's so true...the stuff everybody knows but nobody talks about. #mglitchat -7:19 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone @elissacruz I think I'm purely a situational humor kinda gal. #mglitchat -7:20 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KateMessner @elissacruz To write funny, I have to be honestly, truly playing. That's when it works best. #mglitchat -7:20 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KKittscher @Jenny_Lundquist @susanjsteward @elliefalcone Jenny, neither have I. We can join a club of two, very embarrassed MG writers. #mglitchat -7:20 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
TimothyPower_ It's hard for me to name a favorite funny book because if it's just funny, it isn't a favorite! #MGlitchat -7:20 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
goraina @susanjsteward Embarrassment allllll the way. #mglitchat -7:20 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
christinesarmel Another funny MG: The Strange Case of Origami Joda (Angleberger) #mglitchat -7:20 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JenniferCEstes Funny comes when it's true, and surprising, not contrived. #mglitchat -7:20 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MikeGrinti @KateMessner Playing? #mglitchat -7:20 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
nardinisisters We try to use at least 3 out of the 5 senses per page when writing humor. We reel the kids in with smells, seeing, hearing, etc. #mglitchat -7:20 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
christinesarmel Make that Yoda #cannot type #mglitchat -7:20 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
AnshaKotyk So true: RT @KateMessner: @elissacruz To write funny, I have to be honestly, truly playing. That's when it works best. #mglitchat -7:21 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @TimothyPower_ Have you read Free Thaddeus by John Gosselink? Brilliantly funny, sarcastic, clever. #MGlitchat -7:21 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KKittscher @KateMessner And "honestly" is the key word there -- I think humor comes from being unguarded and honest. #mglitchat -7:21 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist Couldn't agree more RT @JenniferCEstes: Funny comes when its true, and surprising, not contrived. #mglitchat -7:21 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
susanjsteward @Jenny_Lundquist @michaelascotto @KKittscher I'll fess up and say the "slacker boy" genre isn't really my thing. #MGlitchat -7:21 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
TimothyPower_ A wry narrative tone qualifies as funny for me. #MGlitchat -7:21 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz I've noticed that funny happens when you can throw something completely unexpected into the mix. #MGlitchat -7:21 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @christinesarmel Loved that! So many variations on the Wimpy Kid type of character. Glad to see so much funny boy lit out now. #mglitchat -7:21 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
TimothyPower_ @rachelnseigel No, thanks for the suggestion! I'm getting it now. #MGlitchat -7:22 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
StanleyFindsKey Kids I know say the funniest things. Who's to know if one of my characters "borrows" one of their lines? #MGLitChat #humor -7:22 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @susanjsteward @Jenny_Lundquist @michaelascotto @KKittscher Wasn't mine either, but now that I have boys, I think it will be! #mglitchat -7:22 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
nardinisisters Don't underestimate the power of grossness for mg, esp. boys. #mglitchat -7:22 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JenniferCEstes @TimothyPower_ Yes, but not too much. Not too much sophistication or all-knowing. Then it's trying too hard. #mglitchat -7:22 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MaryAnnScheuer @elissacruz funny is often developed by interplay between words and pictures, even in MG #mglitchat -7:22 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
susanjsteward Yet, I loved Origami Yoda! Perhaps its the earnestness/well-meaningness or . . . humanity? behind the main character. #MGlitchat -7:22 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
WriterRoss Funny stuff comes from situation. Don't like its arrival broadcast w/ bells &whistles. Don't tell me you're going 2 tell me joke! #MGlitchat -7:22 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JoWhittemore Humor comes from the unexpected. Outbursts, accidents, random thoughts, unusual comparisons, odd insults...#MGlitchat -7:22 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone A lot of my characters are just goofy and I love to play up human foibles. #mglitchat -7:22 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz @TimothyPower_ Me too. Or when narrators tell me NOT to read the book. Gets me every time. #MGlitchat -7:22 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley So true. RT @nardinisisters: Don't underestimate the power of grossness for mg, esp. boys. #mglitchat -7:23 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london @elissacruz Agreed. I struggled for weeks with a wedgie. Made it an octopus wedgie and everything clicked into place. #mglitchat -7:23 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KateMessner @MikeGrinti Well, yeah...To capture that authentic funny kid voice, I think you have to be eight again for a while. Write w/ joy. #mglitchat -7:23 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JenniferCEstes Yes RT @JoWhittemore: Humor comes from the unexpected. Outbursts, accidents, random thoughts, unusual comparisons, odd insults...#MGlitchat -7:23 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
   
Jenny_Lundquist @nardinisisters Grossness is a must for my kids! #mglitchat -7:23 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ComedyRTbot RT @StanleyFindsKey: Kids I know say the funniest things. Who's to know if one of my characters "borrows" one of their lines? #MGLitChat #humor -7:23 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @Jenny_Lundquist @nardinisisters Do they like the NERDS series? #mglitchat -7:23 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross Hi All :) #mglitchat humor? -7:23 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
nardinisisters Bruce Coville's four golden words for hooking kids; fart, burp, underwear and naked! We wrote our book around those 4 words! #mglitchat -7:24 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
AnshaKotyk @mimicross yes. glad to have you with us! #mglitchat -7:24 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KateMessner Most of my favorite MG humor is so closely tied to voice. Thinking of Linda Urban's characters & Lisa Yee's... #mglitchat -7:24 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london @LynNerdKelley @nardinisisters Don't forget what @JenniferCEstes noted: Girls can like gross too! #mglitchat -7:24 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
TimothyPower_ There is nothing more cringe-worthy than a clueless adult earnestly "going there" in young humor! #MGlitchat -7:24 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross I love it when the characters don't know why they do what they do, that cracks me up :) #mglitchat -7:24 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KKittscher true! RT @JoWhittemore: Humor comes from the unexpected. Outbursts, accidents, random thoughts, unusual comparisons #MGlitchat #mglitchat -7:24 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley #mglitchat Embarrassing moments make for good humor -7:24 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
coachhays64 @nardinisisters Bodily functions and mg boys almost always good for a gag or two. #mglitchat -7:24 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @elissacruz @TimothyPower_ If a narrator tell me not to read their book my imm response is "Oh Yeah, Make me not read your book!" #mglitchat -7:24 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JenniferCEstes Yes , not trying too hard. But real RT @elliefalcone: A lot of my characters are just goofy and I love to play up human foibles. #mglitchat -7:24 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross @AnshaKotyk Thanks! #mglitchat -7:24 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london I never stopped being a 12 year boys, so that helps #mglitchat -7:24 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @rachelnseigel @Jenny_Lundquist @nardinisisters Never heard of the NERDS series *hangs head in MG shame* #mglitchat -7:25 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
TimothyPower_ It's better to write naturally and let the comic possibilities arise on their own. #MGlitchat -7:25 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz Oh, another good funny for the younger MG crowd: the Raymond and Graham series by Mike Knudson. #MGlitchat -7:25 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross @ca_london I'm with you! 14! #mglitchat -7:25 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
susanjsteward @KateMessner Me, too. Tastes differ! I'm not into gross stuff, but love earnest realistic humor. Urban, Yee are two faves. #MGlitchat -7:25 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JenniferCEstes Also, when the MC has no idea that the funny is there., just making observations, experiences, and going through his/her story. #mglitchat -7:25 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KateMessner Confession:I wrote the first MARTY MCGUIRE book while I was "goofing off" in between novels. Agent said,"Umm...I can sell this." #mglitchat -7:25 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london RT @TimothyPower_: It's better to write naturally and let the comic possibilities arise on their own. #MGlitchat -7:26 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
WriterRoss Were you asking for recent favorites? (Came in late.) I'm in love with Allen Zadoff. True laugh out loud novels. Real, personal. #MGlitchat -7:26 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
susanjsteward @KateMessner I also adore Richard Peck's hilarious narrators, like Blossom Culp, though the stories are more absurd than real. #MGlitchat -7:26 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
michaelascotto In more ways than one! RT @coachhays64: @nardinisisters Bodily functions and mg boys almost always good for a gag or two. #mglitchat -7:26 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone Me either. Oh, wait... RT @ca_london: I never stopped being a 12 year boys, so that helps #mglitchat -7:26 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KateMessner Kindred spirit... RT @ca_london I never stopped being a 12 year boys, so that helps. #mglitchat -7:26 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london @mimicross ooo, there was nothing funny about me at 14... #mglitchat -7:26 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
nardinisisters @LynNerdKelley yes, esp. if the settings are uncomfortable at home or school. #mglitchat -7:26 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
coachhays64 A little bit of good old smart ass sarcasm never hurts, either. Especially with a comic relief sidekick or character. #MGlitchat -7:27 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley Yes, that adds to it. RT @nardinisisters: @LynNerdKelley yes, esp. if the settings are uncomfortable at home or school. #mglitchat -7:27 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross @ca_london Nothing funny about you at 14? Scary then? #mglitchat -7:27 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
literaticat RT @AaronStarmer: How many MG writers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? / Hmm...let's consider library sales. How about "twist" instead? #humor #mglitchat -7:27 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JoWhittemore A funny first-person narrator is a self-mocking one. Easier to laugh at a kid pointing out their own flaws than someone else's. #MGlitchat -7:27 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @Jenny_Lundquist @nardinisisters By Michael buckley - author of Sister's Grimm. Funny Boy Espionage. #mglitchat -7:27 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
WriterRoss Kate, I hope you goof off a lot more. Loved Marty McGuire! And no kidding, I laughed at Sugar & Ice as well. You nail real life! #MGlitchat -7:27 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross @JoWhittemore I agree! Love self deprecating humor, it's the best :) #mglitchat -7:27 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JenniferCEstes RT @mimicross: @JoWhittemore I agree! Love self deprecating humor, it's the best :) #mglitchat -7:28 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
BJMuntain RT @AaronStarmer: How many MG writers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? / Hmm...let's consider library sales. How about "twist" instead? #humor #mglitchat -7:28 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
earthwards @KateMessner I find that those 'goof-off' novels are sometimes the best, less pressure and it shows! :) #mglitchat -7:28 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KristineAsselin @coachhays64 Sarcasm is good, too. Almost as good as snide. :) #mglitchat -7:28 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KKittscher @WriterRoss Me, too! Are you hearing this @allenzadoff? We are fans. :-) #mglitchat -7:28 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JoWhittemore @mimicross I indulge in a little every day! ;-) #MGlitchat -7:28 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
nardinisisters @ca_london @LynNerdKelley @nardinisisters @JenniferCEstes Yes, girls do too! We have 4 older brothers. We know Gross and love it! #mglitchat -7:28 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari Hello all! Late to the party but excited to talk about humor! #mglitchat -7:28 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
susanjsteward @ca_london I never stopped being a 10 y.o. girl. I found bodily function jokes unfunny & undignified back then, too! #fuddyduddy #mglitchat -7:28 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LeahClifford RT @AaronStarmer: How many MG writers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? / Hmm...let's consider library sales. How about "twist" instead? #humor #mglitchat -7:29 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
AnshaKotyk You guys are making me want to write a funny book just for the fun of it! #mglitchat -7:29 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Caitlin_Renata RT @AaronStarmer: How many MG writers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? / Hmm...let's consider library sales. How about "twist" instead? #humor #mglitchat -7:29 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LisaSong21 Animal humor always gets me. I'm thinking of the rats in The Wednesday Wars... #mglitchat -7:29 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
earthwards @jmaschari Hey! Good to see you here :-) #mglitchat -7:29 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @Jenny_Lundquist @nardinisisters It's by Michael Buckley. Sort of Espionage but with gross humour. Really fun for boys about 8-11 #mglitchat -7:29 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley Kids love animal humor. RT @LisaSong21: Animal humor always gets me. I'm thinking of the rats in The Wednesday Wars... #mglitchat -7:29 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross @JoWhittemore Good to hear :) #mglitchat -7:29 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
WriterRoss @mimicross @JoWhittemore Agree re: mocking oneself (b4 others get 2 U) but beware of whining characters. (So I've been told) <g> #MGlitchat -7:29 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JenniferCEstes @AnshaKotyk I'm dying to write funny, soon! Some of my ideas are so very heavy. #mglitchat -7:29 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
yaytime MG kids seem to appreciate random humor. Or at least they enjoy laughing at things that are "so random!" #MGlitchat -7:30 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @rachelnseigel @Jenny_Lundquist @nardinisisters Awesome, will check it out for my kids! #mglitchat -7:30 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari @earthwards Hello!! Sad I've missed so much great conversation already. #mglitchat -7:30 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross @LynNerdKelley Seems to be a lot of that. Cute. Like the dog, Tofu, in The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister. #mglitchat -7:30 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone Forgot about my WIP: Lots of self-deprecating humor. #mglitchat -7:30 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
AnshaKotyk @jmaschari Don't worry we'll have a transcript! #mglitchat -7:30 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari @yaytime YES! they love the random stuff! #mglitchat -7:30 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MikeGrinti @JenniferCEstes Mixing humor with heavy subjects is really important/awesome... and hard to do. We try, doesn't always work! #mglitchat -7:30 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KateMessner @LynNerdKelley I love animal humor, too. Made Marty McGuire's mom a wildlife rehabilitator for that reason! #mglitchat -7:30 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
earthwards Also, never underestimate a kid's ability to notice the humor in 'real' or darker situations - they're quick! #mglitchat -7:31 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KateMessner @WriterRoss Aw, thanks! #mglitchat -7:31 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross @WriterRoss Oh! Is THAT what that is? Mocking oneself before the others get to you? Wow . . . hm . . . #mglitchat -7:31 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JoWhittemore And it's about timing and rhythm. There are beats between the setup and execution. #mglitchat -7:31 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
susanjsteward @MikeGrinti Best example--Watsons Go to Birmingham. "I laughed, I cried" is cliche, but so true for that book. #MGlitchat -7:31 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross @WriterRoss Guess that's true! Puts you in control?! #mglitchat -7:31 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari RT @earthwards: Also, never underestimate a kids ability to notice the humor in real or darker situations - theyre quick! #mglitchat -7:31 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley #mglitchat - Kids love humor in spooky stories, too. -7:31 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist RT @AaronStarmer How many MG writers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Lets consider library sales How about twist instead? #mglitchat -7:31 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JenniferCEstes Yes, also important to remember that for some kids, humor is what gets them thru darker situations. Again, real. #mglitchat -7:32 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
michaelascotto An injection of levity in a 'serious' book can make the darkness more affecting #mglitchat -7:32 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
nardinisisters Kids love exaggeration, puns, bathroom humor, funny names, switching, non-sense words and food humor. #mglitchat -7:32 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross @jmaschari It's amazing how quick they are, and how they do just naturally look for the funny! #mglitchat -7:32 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone Absolutely!!! RT @LynNerdKelley: #mglitchat - Kids love humor in spooky stories, too. #mglitchat -7:32 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KKittscher Humor is also a very effective way of keeping the heavy or dark from veering into melodrama, I think. #mglitchat -7:32 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london @michaelascotto yeah, see the graverobber scene in Hamlet. Perfect humor, darkness balance #mglitchat -7:32 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JoWhittemore @WriterRoss @mimicross Yes, whining is a no-no. We want someone who's a goof but not going to let it get them down! #MGlitchat -7:32 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross @elliefalcone Humor in spooky stories is such a great way to relieve the tension! #mglitchat -7:33 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
anglarsen RT @AaronStarmer: How many MG writers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? / Hmm...let's consider library sales. How about "twist" instead? #humor #mglitchat -7:33 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley Yep-yep-yep RT @KKittscher: Humor is also a very effective way of keeping the heavy or dark from veering into melodrama, I think. #mglitchat -7:33 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KKittscher @michaelascotto Jinx! I was busy typing a similar sentiment and missed yours #mglitchat -7:33 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london I gotta run. Thanks for nice chat! #mglitchat -7:33 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari @LynNerdKelley Agree - late to chat so don't know if A TALE DARK AND GRIMM mentioned - but parts are dark/spooky but also funny #mglitchat -7:33 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
AnshaKotyk @ca_london Thanks for participating! #mglitchat -7:33 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
susanjsteward Re: "Kids like . . . " How lucky we are that there's not just one type of child. Readers for everybody! #MGlitchat -7:33 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JoWhittemore Good point RT @KKittscher: Humor is also a very effective way of keeping the heavy or dark from veering into melodrama, I think. #mglitchat -7:33 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross @JoWhittemore @WriterRoss Agreed! No whining! Unless it's me whining about revising or submitting ;) #mglitchat I've been so good . . . -7:33 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
yaytime The reason I never stopped reading kids/MG books is because of the humor. It's hard for me to read "serious" adult books! #MGlitchat -7:34 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley @jmaschari #mglitchat Haven't read it, but it sounds good! -7:34 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @yaytime There are some funny YA writers too, but harder to find laughs with adult. #MGlitchat -7:34 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @mimicross @JoWhittemore @WriterRoss Absolutely! Our characters can't whine, but we can as much as we want! #mglitchat -7:34 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross RT @Jenny_Lundquist: @mimicross @JoWhittemore @WriterRoss Absolutely! Our characters can't whine, but we can as much as we want! #mglitchat -7:35 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @rachelnseigel @yaytime Was just thinking I wanted to check out FAT VAMPIRE but I think it's YA #mglitchat -7:35 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
WriterRoss @mimicross @JoWhittemore Hard for me to not cross the line. A first person POV does a lot of talking, ergo, a lot of kvetching! #MGlitchat -7:35 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
michaelascotto @KKittscher @michaelascotto Great minds and all that ;) #mglitchat -7:35 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
christinesarmel "Mooommmm dog's peeing in the living room." Signing off, thanks to all. #notfunny #mglitchat -7:35 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari @rachelnseigel @yaytime Definitely - though humor does seem to be more readily accepted in adult memoir #mglitchat -7:35 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz So, is there a difference between humorous and "light" books? Often "light" books make me smile, which is close to a laugh. #MGlitchat -7:35 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
coachhays64 RT @MikeGrinti: @JenniferCEstes Mixing humor with heavy subjects is really important/awesome... and hard to do. We try, doesn't always work! #mglitchat -7:35 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari @rachelnseigel @yaytime versus other adult books that is #mglitchat -7:36 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
TimothyPower_ It's so important to discover how humor can help manage the daunting complexities of life. #MGlitchat -7:36 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MikeGrinti @rachelnseigel I think adult lit scene sometimes overvalues dry or ironic humor over all others, at least in some styles. #MGlitchat -7:36 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JenniferCEstes @elissacruz OOOO, good question! I don't have an answer just now, but good question! #mglitchat -7:36 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JoWhittemore @Jenny_Lundquist @mimicross @writerross We also have the right to clutch at our hair and shriek!...No? Just me? #MGlitchat -7:36 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MGMafioso I'm loving all of this, but can't figure out how to tweet and tweetwatch at the same time. Which I guess is klutzy parent funny #mglitchat -7:36 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross @elissacruz Interesting distinction. The book I just mentioned may be "light" The Accidental Adventures of India McAllister #mglitchat -7:36 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley Bye -That's actually funny RT @christinesarmel: "Mooommmm dog's peeing in the living room." Signing off, thanks to all. #notfunny #mglitchat -7:36 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari @elissacruz I haven't read too many "LOL" books except for Diary of a Wimpy Kid (jokes seem to appeal to adults) and Skinnybones #mglitchat -7:36 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MikeGrinti @JoWhittemore What was that? Missed your tweet. Busy clutching hair, screaming. #MGlitchat -7:36 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @MikeGrinti That's true. #MGlitchat -7:36 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
   
JoWhittemore @WriterRoss @mimicross Oy, again with the kvetching! ;-) #MGlitchat -7:37 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross @elissacruz Light in a good way, yes on smiles, & whimsical. #mglitchat -7:37 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
earthwards @elissacruz It's funny, because I think the more 'real' a book is, the more potential for humor. No light without the dark.. #mglitchat -7:37 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone @MGMafioso Have you tried tweetchat.com? #mglitchat -7:37 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
goraina @MGMafioso Have you tried tweetchat.com? Makes it a little easier. #mglitchat -7:37 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
WriterRoss @JoWhittemore @Jenny_Lundquist @mimicross Family didn't call me a Melodrama Queen for nothing. <g> #MGlitchat -7:37 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari RT YES! This! @TimothyPower_: Its so important to discover how humor can help manage the daunting complexities of life. #mglitchat -7:37 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JoWhittemore LOL!!! RT @MikeGrinti: @JoWhittemore What was that? Missed your tweet. Busy clutching hair, screaming. #MGlitchat -7:37 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross Wait—I'm shrieking, clutching my hair, whining, & kvetching ;) #mglitchat -7:37 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JoWhittemore RT @WriterRoss: @JoWhittemore @Jenny_Lundquist @mimicross Family didn't call me a Melodrama Queen for nothing. <g> #MGlitchat -7:38 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
goraina @elliefalcone @MGMafioso You beat me to it! #mglitchat -7:38 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone @earthwards There's so much humor in everyday life if we just stop and realize how silly we all are. #mglitchat -7:38 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
WriterRoss @JoWhittemore Did someone else say "kvetching"? I missed it! #MGlitchat -7:38 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @jmaschari @yaytime I love Dave Barry and the like- but humour fiction harder to come by in Adult market. #mglitchat -7:38 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JenniferCEstes RT @elliefalcone: @earthwards There's so much humor in everyday life if we just stop and realize how silly we all are. #mglitchat -7:38 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross @WriterRoss Melodrama Queen! That's the name of my new ms! #mglitchat KIDDING! Maybe it should be yours? -7:38 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
yaytime I need to read some Jack Gantos. I heard him read some of his latest book at a conference and he had the whole room in stitches. #MGlitchat -7:38 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone @goraina Nah. I think we tied. :) #mglitchat -7:38 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
earthwards @elliefalcone Exactly - humor is an incredible way to show the reader perspective, both serious and not. #mglitchat -7:38 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley @yaytime #mglitchat Jack Gantos is hilarious! -7:39 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @yaytime Louis Sachar still makes me laugh- and I first read Wayside School when I was 10! #MGlitchat -7:39 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
WriterRoss @mimicross Hmm...{} #MGlitchat -7:39 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JoWhittemore @WriterRoss @jenny_lundquist @mimicross We wouldn't be good writers if we weren't melodramatic. Or as I call it...imaginative. #MGlitchat -7:39 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
AnshaKotyk @elliefalcone I'll write that name down. anyone who can get an audience laughing has my approval. :) #mglitchat -7:39 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari @yaytime He definitely balances the light with the dark - parts of Joey Pigza were very dark to me (esp in treatment of Joey) #mglitchat -7:39 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
BitsyKemper RT @AaronStarmer: How many MG writers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? / Hmm...let's consider library sales. How about "twist" instead? #humor #mglitchat -7:39 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley @rachelnseigel #mglitchat The Wayside School books were my kids' faves. My hubby and I loved reading them to our kids. -7:40 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mgwritermhaynes RT @KateMessner: I think some of the best humor in MG novels is funny because it's so true...the stuff everybody knows but nobody talks about. #mglitchat -7:40 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KKittscher SCBWI has the Sid Fleischman award for humor b/c so few funny bks nab awards. Curious if anyone can think of funny award-winners? #mglitchat -7:40 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @LynNerdKelley I've read them to every kid I ever babysat for, my class when I taught, and handsell it to anyone I can. #mglitchat -7:40 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari @KKittscher Everything on a Waffle? #mglitchat -7:41 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
WriterRoss What makes me laugh: things I've done, things I've seen, things I thought only I did..Funny to know we're not weird AND alone #MGlitchat -7:41 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JoWhittemore I also love when serious characters crack wise. Again, because it's unexpected. #mglitchat -7:41 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley Holes was a winner. RT @KKittscher: Curious if anyone can think of funny award-winners? #mglitchat -7:41 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @jmaschari @KKittscher Polly Horvath is a love her/hate her kind of writer. Very Quirky. I love her. #mglitchat -7:41 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @JoWhittemore @mimicross Writer: the only profession where you can hear voices in your head and no one thinks you're crazy #mglitchat -7:41 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MGMafioso @goraina @elliefalcone I'll be trying it as soon as I can. Feel a bit like a bumbling prof kncking over the Twitter furniture. #mglitchat -7:41 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
nardinisisters @KKittscher Al Capone Does My Shirts won the Fleischman award one year. #mglitchat -7:42 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
yaytime @jmaschari yeah, I could definitely see some dark humor in there. Reminded me a bit of "A Christmas Story" #MGlitchat -7:42 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
TimothyPower_ @Jenny_Lundquist @JoWhittemore @mimicross Um...they might STILL think we're crazy. :) #MGlitchat -7:42 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
michaelascotto Ramona Quimby, Age 8 was a funny book, and a Newbery Honor #mglitchat -7:42 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @LynNerdKelley @KKittscher Elijah of buxton had a lot of humour. #mglitchat -7:42 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone RT @Jenny_Lundquist: Writer: the only profession where you can hear voices in your head and no one thinks you're crazy #mglitchat -7:42 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KKittscher @MGMafioso Try TweetChat if you aren't on there:-) #mglitchat -7:42 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
WriterRoss Joan Bauer has won Newbery Honors. Brillliant and funny and makes me want to take my keyboard & go home. #MGlitchat -7:42 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
earthwards @jmaschari I just googled Waffle - must check that one out! #mglitchat -7:42 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JoWhittemore @TimothyPower_ @jenny_lundquist @mimicross Oh, non-writing friends think I'm certifiable. #MGlitchat -7:42 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @LynNerdKelley @KKittscher And Hoot- though technically both were honour books. #mglitchat -7:43 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
colbysharp Turtle in Paradise won a Newbery Honor and it was very funny. #mglitchat -7:43 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
bullburton RT @elliefalcone: RT @Jenny_Lundquist: Writer: the only profession where you can hear voices in your head and no one thinks you're crazy #mglitchat -7:43 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
TimothyPower_ I still crack up to think Ramona thought "the dawn's early lee light" was the "dawnser, which gave a lee light." #MGlitchat -7:43 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
nardinisisters Always thought Judy Blume's "Fudge" series were funny. #mglitchat -7:44 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley I'm on TweetDeck. Is TweetChat similar? RT @KKittscher: @MGMafioso Try TweetChat if you aren't on there:-) #mglitchat -7:44 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
michaelascotto Definitely! Great example of character-based comedy RT @colbysharp: Turtle in Paradise won a Newbery Honor and it was very funny. #mglitchat -7:44 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KKittscher @rachelnseigel @LynNerdKelley@jmaschari @michaelascotto Wow. You all are better than Wikipedia. Great instant list! #mglitchat -7:44 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @rachelnseigel @LynNerdKelley @KKittscher True, I have stopped telling people when I interview my characters. #mglitchat -7:44 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @LynNerdKelley @KKittscher @MGMafioso Tweetchat captures only the specific chat. Tweetdeck is a bit faster. That's what I use. #mglitchat -7:44 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley For sure! Another all time -fave! RT @nardinisisters: Always thought Judy Blume's "Fudge" series were funny. #mglitchat -7:44 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari A Year Down Yonder also won an honor - Richard Peck writes some funny book. #mglitchat -7:44 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
yaytime @colbysharp I haven't read that yet. But I was thinking her Babymouse books are hilarious! :) #MGlitchat -7:44 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz Okay, the time has come for all your funny book recs. If they're funny enough, we may compile a list on the blog. And....go! #MGlitchat -7:44 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley @rachelnseigel #mglitchat Thanks you. I'll have to check out TweetChat -7:45 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MikeGrinti @LynNerdKelley TweetDeck is an application, TweetChat is a website that lets you follow a single hash tag. Much prefer TweetDeck. #mglitchat -7:45 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @elissacruz Ok. Everybody seriously has to read "Free Thaddeus". It's really funny and clever, and so middle school boy! #MGlitchat -7:45 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KKittscher @elissacruz and if they're not funny we'll be denied admission to all future chats on humor, I presume? #mglitchat -7:45 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MikeGrinti Origami Yoda is one of my favorites! #mglitchat -7:45 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
anglarsen I multitask: pizza, twitter, #mglitchat, #dayofthegirl, #theoffice. You're welcome for my contribution, world ;) (ready for a #nap, tho) -7:45 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
   
Jenny_Lundquist @elissacruz Wayside School collection, think somebody already said that. #mglitchat -7:45 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
AnshaKotyk RT @elissacruz: Okay, the time has come for all your funny book recs. And....go! #MGlitchat -7:45 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley @MikeGrinti #mglitchat Okay, thanks. Good to know. -7:45 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
colbysharp @yaytime Turtle in Paradise is beautiful. I did however, spent 3 chapter picturing the main character as Babymouse. #mglitchat -7:45 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KristineAsselin The HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON books are funny. #mglitchat -7:46 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @rachelnseigel @LynNerdKelley @KKittscher Oh- and Surviving the Applewhites was pretty funny too. Very eccentric characters. #mglitchat -7:46 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari Love SKINNYBONES by Barbara Park - still hilarious even today and A TALE DARK AND GRIMM - very grim but very funny #mglitchat -7:46 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
michaelascotto I believe it's been mentioned, but Peter Nimble's narration is frequently hilarious #mglitchat -7:46 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz @KKittscher Yes, but of course you get to decide if the book is funny or not. I'm not going to be the judge. #toomuchwork #MGlitchat -7:46 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari @earthwards Yes! Do check it out! #mglitchat -7:47 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KristineAsselin Yes! RT @michaelascotto: I believe its been mentioned, but Peter Nimbles narration is frequently hilarious #mglitchat -7:47 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @michaelascotto I'm reading that now! Started it today. The narrator is funny. #mglitchat -7:47 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley @jmaschari #mglitchat Just the title SKINNYBONES sounds humorous! -7:47 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
AnshaKotyk @michaelascotto I must read this book #mglitchat -7:47 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MGMafioso @elissacruz I loved Josh Lieb's Genius/Class President. Currently I'm on a huge @ca_london kick. #mglitchat -7:47 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
WriterRoss Missing Paula Danzinger's voice. And laugh. A must-read on anyone's MG Good Humor list. #MGlitchat -7:47 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari THE EMERALD ATLAS has a lot of funny parts - mainly from characterization #mglitchat -7:47 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari @LynNerdKelley And there is a sequel, too! #mglitchat -7:47 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LisaSong21 Hilarious Australian book: 45 + 47 Stella Street by Elizabeth Honey. #mglitchat -7:47 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley Fun! RT @jmaschari: @LynNerdKelley And there is a sequel, too! #mglitchat -7:48 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross @JoWhittemore Had to drop out for a sec, seems that we're talking about how crazy people think we are? #mglitchat -7:48 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari RT @WriterRoss: Missing Paula Danzingers voice. And laugh. A must-read on anyones MG Good Humor list. #mglitchat -7:48 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
nardinisisters @elissacruz Would have to add the Hank Zipzer (worlds greatest underachiever)series by Winkler. #mglitchat -7:48 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @MGMafioso @elissacruz @ca_london Been wanting to read Genius/Class President. Read the first page in a bookstore and was LOLing #mglitchat -7:49 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
yaytime G-MAN: Cape Crisis by @Chris_Giarrusso has some of the funniest comic timing I've read in a long time. Great MG graphic novel. #MGlitchat -7:49 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KKittscher Ben H. Winters' THE SECRET LIFE OF MS. FINKLEMAN. #mglitchat -7:49 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross RT @Jenny_Lundquist: Writer: the only profession where you can hear voices in your head and no one thinks you're crazy #mglitchat -7:49 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari OH! And THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER is another funny read (and classic!) #mglitchat -7:49 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz I found plenty of humor in Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson series. #MGlitchat -7:49 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KateMessner Love the funny voice in HOUND DOG TRUE, CROOKED KIND OF PERFECT, MILLICENT MIN: GIRL GENIUS, & TOUCH BLUE #mglitchat -7:49 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley That's a good one! RT @jmaschari: OH! And THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER is another funny read (and classic!) #mglitchat -7:49 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MikeGrinti Alvin Ho was really funny, and had great characters. #mglitchat -7:49 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KDuBayGillis So...what did I miss? #mglitchat -7:50 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KateMessner And don't forget CLEMENTINE! #funnyMGbooks #mglitchat -7:50 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley Haha! Loved that book! RT @KateMessner: And don't forget CLEMENTINE! #funnyMGbooks #mglitchat -7:50 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone @KDuBayGillis We're all crazy. #mglitchat -7:50 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari Totally love Alvin Ho. RT @MikeGrinti: Alvin Ho was really funny, and had great characters. #mglitchat -7:50 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari A little on the younger side but BINK AND GOLLIE are hilarious as well. #mglitchat -7:51 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross RT @AaronStarmer: How many MG writers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? / Hmm...let's consider library sales. How about "twist" instead? #humor #mglitchat -7:51 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MGMafioso @Jenny_Lundquist @elissacruz By the end, I was shrieking & in laughter induced tears. Wife thought I was having a breakdown #mglitchat -7:51 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari RT @elliefalcone: @KDuBayGillis Were all crazy. #mglitchat -7:51 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
colbysharp Can you name the book that this funny line comes from? I couldn’t help but overhear because I was eavesdropping (someone in chat) #mglitchat -7:51 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
earthwards This might have been said, but I find JK Rowling ridiculously funny w/ some narration, chars, and coming of age subplots. Spot on #mglitchat -7:51 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KDuBayGillis @elliefalcone Well that I knew...and I still come back for more. #mglitchat -7:51 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
mimicross Argh. Have to jump off again. I'll try to make it back, but if not, good night & thanks for the laughs! #mglitchat -7:52 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @MGMafioso @elissacruz Then I am def adding it to my TBR pile pronto #mglitchat -7:52 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MikeGrinti @earthwards Agreed. I find the humor in HP more memorable than a lot of the more serious parts. #mglitchat -7:52 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
nanmarino RT @jmaschari: RT @WriterRoss: Missing Paula Danzingers voice. And laugh. A must-read on anyones MG Good Humor list. #mglitchat -7:52 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KateMessner I also think Erin Dionne does great MG humor: TOTAL TRAGEDY OF A GIRL NAMED HAMLET, MODELS DON'T EAT CHOCOLATE COOKIES #mglitchat -7:52 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KristineAsselin RT @KateMessner: Erin Dionne does great MG humor: TOTAL TRAGEDY OF A GIRL NAMED HAMLET, MODELS DONT EAT CHOCOLATE COOKIES #mglitchat -7:53 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz I loved Tom Angleberger's Horton Halfpot (it also has a very long and funny subtitle). #MGlitchat -7:53 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JoWhittemore @mimicross There's that sense of understanding when you say "I killed her off" that non-writers just don't get. #MGlitchat -7:53 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
yaytime @earthwards love Harry Potter's balance of humor with all the heavier themes. The love potion stuff in book 6 is so good. #MGlitchat -7:53 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
nancesays RT @elissacruz: So, is there a difference between humorous and "light" books? Often "light" books make me smile, which is close to a laugh. #MGlitchat -7:53 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist @MikeGrinti @earthwards I love Fred and George Weasely. Still laugh whenever I think of holey ears! #mglitchat -7:53 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
nancesays RT @elissacruz: I've noticed that funny happens when you can throw something completely unexpected into the mix. #MGlitchat -7:54 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
yaytime @colbysharp :) #MGlitchat -7:54 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MGMafioso I'm going to have to go through and follow you all now. Any easy way to do that? #mglitchat -7:54 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
colbysharp Marty McGuire is funny! I love funny girls in early MG series: Ramona, Frankly Frannie, Clementine, Judy Moody, Junie B. Jones #mglitchat -7:55 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz Before I forget, don't forget to check out the #MGlitchat blog for transcripts and future topics: http://t.co/IxF14bOv #MGlitchat -7:55 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @LynNerdKelley @jmaschari @colbysharp #mglitchatYes- Frankly Franny is adorable. I also love Gooney Bird Greene. #mglitchat -7:55 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ceegates #mglitchat What's funnier than the staggering pigs eating fermented apples when Matilda's mother was throwing a tea for the ladies? -7:55 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jjhoutman Ack! I missed it again! #mglitchat -7:56 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley @rachelnseigel #mglitchat - Thanks! I'll keep those in mind. -7:56 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JenniferCEstes Good night, all! Thanks for inspiring me yet again! Remember, always leave them laughing! #mglitchat -7:56 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz @MGMafioso Yes, I have a list on my twitter: http://t.co/0Mlq8R4I #MGlitchat -7:56 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel #MGlitchat Very funny early boy is Melvin Beederman Superhero. I love those books! They parody 60's superhero cheese! -7:56 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari @MGMafioso Love your twitter name! (handle? I don't know what it is called) The MG revolution is strong. #sleepwiththefishes #mglitchat -7:56 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
yaytime Popularity Papers and Ellie McDoodle are fun girl-centric Diary of Wimpy Kid style books. #MGlitchat -7:57 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
WriterRoss @rachelnseigel Oh yes. And don't forget Lois Lowry's Anastasia novels. #MGlitchat -7:57 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
colbysharp @rachelnseigel Yes, love Melvin Beederman. #mglitchat -7:57 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
KDuBayGillis Sorry to have missed. Looking forward to laughing my way through the transcript. See you all next week! #mglitchat -7:57 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @WriterRoss I read Anastasia when I was a kid. #MGlitchat -7:57 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari Oh Anne of Green Gables has such funny moments - I can't believe I almost forgot about that. #mglitchat -7:57 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley So cool. thank you. RT @elissacruz: @MGMafioso Yes, I have a list on my twitter: http://t.co/vf3gPbPL #MGlitchat -7:57 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @colbysharp They're so clever! Surprisngly so for books aimed at that age group #mglitchat -7:57 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elliefalcone Ciao! #mglitchat -7:58 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz @LynNerdKelley @MGMafioso You're welcome. Let me know if I need to add you to it, too. #MGlitchat -7:58 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
colbysharp @rachelnseigel sometimes I think that is kind of the forgotten age group. #mglitchat -7:58 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @WriterRoss Always mix up Anastasia and Alice- but I read both. #MGlitchat -7:58 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LisaSong21 @elissacruz Speaking of funny subtitles..."How Mirka Got Her Sword: Aet Another Troll-Fighting 11-Year Old Orthodox Jewish Girl" #mglitchat -7:58 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
MGMafioso Thanks guys. I'll be tweetdecking/chatting next time!! #mglitchat -7:58 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @colbysharp I fully admit that I kind of skip over them not expecting much. But once in a while something smart comes along. #mglitchat -7:59 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
nardinisisters Great chat. Have many new books to check out! #mglitchat -7:59 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz @LisaSong21 LOL! #MGlitchat -7:59 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist Made it through an entire chat without having to break up a fight, take anyone to an er, or breaking out the bandaids! Yay! #mglitchat -7:59 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
booksandbytes @colbysharp What about Laurie Friedman's Mallory, Cabot's Allie Finkle, or Draper's Sassy? #mglitchat -7:59 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JoWhittemore RT @elissacruz: Before I forget, don't forget to check out the #MGlitchat blog for transcripts and future topics: http://t.co/IxF14bOv #MGlitchat -7:59 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley RT @elissacruz: @LynNerdKelley @MGMafioso You're welcome. Let me know if I need to add you to it, too. #MGlitchat -8:00 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @elissacruz That was really funny- and clever! I wondered if some of the jokes would go above kids' heads. #MGlitchat -8:00 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
yaytime "The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairlyland in A Ship of Her Own Making" by @catvalente great humor-filled take on classic fantasy. #MGlitchat -8:00 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Jenny_Lundquist See ya next week! #mglitchat -8:00 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
earthwards @elissacruz Excellent list! Would you mind adding me? *offers cookies* =D #mglitchat -8:00 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley Yes, please add me! RT @elissacruz: @LynNerdKelley @MGMafioso You're welcome. Let me know if I need to add you to it, too. #MGlitchat -8:00 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz Thanks for turning out for the chat, everyone! See you next week, when we discuss....uh...the ebook/self-pub revolution. #MGlitchat -8:00 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
WriterRoss Anastasia was one of the first geek nerd heroines I remember meeting (and loving). Ramona Quimby may have been first. #MGlitchat -8:00 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
kurtisscaletta RT @AaronStarmer: How many MG writers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? / Hmm...let's consider library sales. How about "twist" instead? #humor #mglitchat -8:00 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
favstar_pop RT @AaronStarmer: How many MG writers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? / Hmm...let's consider library sales. How about "twist" instead? #humor #mglitchat -8:01 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
earthwards Thanks again for an awesome chat - once again have a whole new list of books TBR =D #mglitchat -8:01 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @Jenny_Lundquist Whatever you did to your kids, do it again next week! ;-) LOL! #mglitchat -8:01 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
michaelascotto RT @WriterRoss: Anastasia was 1 of the 1st geek nerd heroines I remember meeting (and loving). Ramona Quimby may have been first. #mglitchat -8:01 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
yaytime Speaking of funny subtitles.."Teen Boat! The ANGST of being a teen, the THRILL of being a boat. (blatant plug) ;) #MGlitchat -8:01 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ceegates @elissacruz Thanks for hosting #MGlitchat! Great! -8:02 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley @elissacruz #mglitchat So you have this chat every Thurs. night? -8:02 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
classicsixbooks @booksandbytes @colbysharp #mglitchat Olivia Kidney or Clarice Bean? -8:02 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
WriterRoss @elissacruz Read your last tweet quickly & thought you wrote we were discussing "Dance Dance Revolution." (Too Much Advil Today?) #MGlitchat -8:02 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz @earthwards Be happy to! #MGlitchat -8:02 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @classicsixbooks Love Olivia Kidney. #mglitchat -8:03 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
colbysharp @classicsixbooks @booksandbytes @colbysharp I love Clarice Bean Spells Trouble #MGlitchat -8:03 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz @LynNerdKelley Done! #MGlitchat -8:03 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @LynNerdKelley @elissacruz Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel! ;-) #mglitchat -8:03 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley RT @elissacruz: @LynNerdKelley Done! #MGlitchat Thank you! -8:03 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz @ceegates You're welcome. Thanks for coming! #MGlitchat -8:03 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley LOL! Sounds great. Thx. RT @rachelnseigel: @LynNerdKelley @elissacruz Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel! ;-) #mglitchat -8:04 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
earthwards @elissacruz It's exciting to see how many of us there are :-) #mglitchat -8:04 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
jmaschari RT @earthwards: Thanks again for an awesome chat - once again have a whole new list of books TBR =D #mglitchat -8:04 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
JoWhittemore @rachelnseigel @jenny_lundquist But poke more airholes in the box next time. #MGlitchat -8:04 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz @LynNerdKelley Yes, every Thursday 9pm EST. Future topics are listed on the blog. #MGlitchat -8:04 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
LynNerdKelley RT @elissacruz: @LynNerdKelley Yes, every Thursday 9pm EST. Future topics are listed on the blog. #MGlitchat Great! Thx. -8:04 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
booksandbytes @classicsixbooks @colbysharp so many great choices--my 4th graders are reading Amy Hodgepodge too #mglitchat -8:04 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
top_tw_books RT @AaronStarmer: How many MG writers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? / Hmm...let's consider library sales. How about "twist" instead? #humor #mglitchat -8:05 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
elissacruz @earthwards Well, some don't come to chat, but I'm trying to get a big list, since MGers keeps saying they can't find each other. #MGlitchat -8:05 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
rachelnseigel @JoWhittemore @jenny_lundquist Lol! But it worked so well this time! #MGlitchat -8:05 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
colbysharp @booksandbytes Do your fourth graders like Amy Hodgepodge? Haven't read it. #MGlitchat -8:06 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
ca_london thanks @MGMafioso I'm a fan of you too! @elissacruz #MGLitChat -8:08 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
colbysharp @classicsixbooks You will love When Life Gives you OJ. Can't believe that I didn't mention it during #mglitchat. It is so funny! -8:08 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
susankayequinn @elissacruz @earthwards There's an MG list on Google+ have you seen it? #MGlitchat -8:09 PM Sep 22nd, 2011
  
Trirae Not sure if it's been mentioned, but my daughter laughs just thinking about the Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch #mglitchat -8:10 PM Sep 22nd, 2011

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