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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (967 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Patterson, Chris Grabenstein Narrator: Frankie Seratch Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The I Funny Series Release Date: December 2012 ISBN: 9781619692688
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Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission. He wants to become the world’s greatest stand-up comedian, even if he doesn’t have a lot to laugh about these days. He’s new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn’t let Jamie’s wheelchair stop him from giving Jamie a good pounding every once in a while. But Jamie doesn’t let his situation get him down. He practices his craft every day on friends, family, and the willing customers at his Uncle Frankie’s diner. When Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called The Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic, Jamie knows he has to enter. But are the judges only rewarding him out of pity because of his wheelchair, like Stevie suggests? Will Jamie ever share the secret of his troubled past instead of hiding behind his comedy act?

Following the bestselling success of the hilarious Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life, James Patterson continues to dish out the funnies in another heartfelt middle school story.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The broad humor that runs throughout this story...masks personal pain, demonstrating resiliency in the face of tragedy.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A brimming bucket of ba-da-bing!

    Booklist

  • “Through Jamie’s evolving relationship with the intriguing Suzie, a.k.a. Cool Girl, readers learn about his devastating loss and recovery from a tragic event...The affecting ending, which reveals a more vulnerable Jamie behind the guise of his humor, celebrates Jamie’s resilient spirit.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A 2014 Maryland Children’s Book Award Nominee for Grades 4-6
  • A 2014 Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thom1197 | 2/18/2014

    " This book has characters you can empathize with, but it has a lackluster ending and lame jokes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Emily | 2/16/2014

    " It was really not very funny. It was very sad at times. I have always enjoyed James Patterson's work, though i think this was not his best. I did ike the book in many ways, but it was laso a little boring too. Overall it was a good book "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Grace | 2/6/2014

    " Got some good jokes out of it "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 pati | 1/22/2014

    " My very first James Patterson! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Teresa | 1/14/2014

    " My 11 year old and I read this book together and we found it very enjoyable. Throughout the story the reader has to wonder how this delightfully funny kid not only came to live with his obnoxiously boring aunt and her family, but how he wound up in a wheelchair, too. The story concludes with Jamie, the main character, hitting a high point in his young, very talented career, along with him sharing the tragic story that befell his family. My heart ached to find out what led Jamie to his current situation and shocked my son. I think it was one of those moments in his life where he could understand that even though this was just a fictional book, it could very much happen to any family and lives could change in an instant. Very good story and we are hoping for a sequel, which was hinted about at the end of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dmehringer | 1/9/2014

    " I liked the old-school humor, was glad to see Jamie giving credit to classic comedians. I am going to loan this to my middle schoolers during silent reading; I'm curious to see if this is their humor. I think the drawings in the book would keep a younger reader's interest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Soccer-is-awesome | 1/9/2014

    " it was cheesy at times, had a good meaning because it was about a kid in a wheel chair and he was trying to become a stand up comedian and he tries his hardest "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashaa Ali | 1/7/2014

    " it is really a funny book it is funny and if your interested it is called I FUNNY author JAMES PATTERSON and CHRIS GRABENSTEIN I RECOMMEND this book to children and teenagers and it is really funnny "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leo | 1/4/2014

    " i love this book. I love the story and its characters. how Jamie keeps his accident mystery until almost the very end. James Patterson has a talent of putting suspense, exitement, tragedy and sorrow in one novel. i reccomend this book highly to kids who like good novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 12/19/2013

    " Wimpy Kids fans will enjoy getting to know Jamie Grimm, whose backstory is slowly uncovered over the course of a tale in which Jamie decides to enter the America's Funniest Kid contest. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sjs | 12/12/2013

    " it was hilarious he funny "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Zana | 12/2/2013

    " No kid is ever going to win any contest with anything stolen...and every one of his jokes was stolen from other, already famous comics. The least you could have done was write your own jokes, Jamie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 11/12/2013

    " My daughter and I read this book together. We both enjoyed it very much. It had good lessons too. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ms. Kahn | 8/25/2013

    " Fun middle school read with male protagonist. It will be an easy sell in the library. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 6/2/2013

    " I read this to my 6th graders and it was okay. They didn't get most of the jokes in the book and that caused it to drag a bit. Ultimately we liked the Rafe books by James Patterson better. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Virginia Davis | 4/6/2013

    " This book just didn't make me laugh. Seemed contrived. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 3/26/2013

    " This book was okay but it was more for younger readers.I read all of James Pattersons book regardless of the age level they are for.I think for middle school children this is a good book. It shows that there are good ways to cope with the stresses of growing up. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anne Walker | 3/11/2013

    " The main character grated on my nerves by the end of the story, the adoptive brother is unbelievably one dimensional, but my 3 kids laughed and laughed as I read it to them. The pics will draw in reluctant readers, and overall it has a decent plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jen Clark | 12/29/2012

    " Perfect for the middle age reader in your life. Younger kids love this book, and it will keep you laughing and make you get a touch emotional. "

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