Dogs Don't Tell Jokes

Louis Sachar, Author, Esther Ed. Segal, Author
Louis Sachar, Author, Esther Ed. Segal, Author Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers $14 (0p) ISBN 978-0-679-82017-8
Reviewed on: 09/02/1991
Release date: 09/01/1991
Compulsive joke-teller Gary Boone--aka Goon--thinks his witticisms are hysterical, but almost everyone in his seventh-grade class knows different. Only his best friend, Angeline, really enjoys his humor. Still, when Gary sees the posters for a talent show, he knows his moment has come. Gary's parents will let him perform, but only if he agrees not to tell a single joke in the three weeks before the big night. Going cold turkey teaches Gary a lot about socialization and a little about baseball cards, and gives him the confidence to weather disaster at the talent contest. With its strong, realistic characterization, Sachar's ( Sideways Stories from Wayside School ; There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom ) gracefully told story will please his longtime fans and gain him new followers as well. Ages 10-14. (Sept.)
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