#920 I Funny by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

I Funny by James Patterson and Chris GrabensteinI Funny by James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Jaime’s uncle has told him about a comedy contest for young people and Jaime has decided that he needs to enter the contest. He practices his jokes out on the people who come to his uncle’s diner and on his uncle’s family. Jaime lives with his uncle ever since the thing that happened that put him in a wheelchair.

That’s what makes Jaime different from other kids; he’s in a wheelchair. None of his friends know why yet. They don’t know why he lives with his uncle and his family instead of his parents.

Some people really like Jaime’s jokes, while others might groan. Jaime looks for everyday events to tell jokes about. At the content, things go well. Some people say it’s because he’s in a wheelchair and people felt sorry for him, but others tell Jaime that it’s because he’s truly funny. He begins to open up to his new friend about his life and about the thing that happened. The thing that happened was actually pretty awful and it took a long time for Jaime to get over it, physically. It’s still hard to get over it mentally, but with the help of his uncle’s family and his friends, Jaime’s doing ok and he is funny.

What I liked

I actually liked this James Patterson book. Granted, he did not write it himself, it’s still the best James Patterson book I’ve read. I think this book does a good job of being comedic, but having a reason for someone wanting to be funny. Jaime wants to be funny to help get over a tragedy that occurred in his life. His life got completely turned upside down, but this stand-up competition, or sit down competition in his case, is an effort on his part to move on with his life. Moving on from something awful is an important part of life. How we move on from things can make or break some other things in the rest of our lives. We have to choose to get up and keep moving, just as Jaime has in this story. It’s quite admirable.

What I didn’t like

The thing that happens to Jaime is a little harsh. It’s certainly not out of the realm of possibility, but it’s a lot to think about. It could be a little much for some younger people.


Sometimes the best thing you can do is laugh about something.

Weigh In

If some terrible catastrophe happened in your life, how long would it take for you to laugh?

What do you think about people who are always telling jokes?

Looking forward to The Lorax

The LoraxAs you may have heard, there is going to be a Lorax movie. It will hit theaters on March 2nd of this year, that’s today people. I will definitely be going to see it at one point.

I have watched the other Suess movies based off of books over the pat few years. One was How the Grinch Stole Christmas, with Jim Carrey as the Grinch, another was The Cat in the Hat with Mike Meyers as the cat and Dakota Fanning as the little girl, there was also Horton Hears a Who with Steve Carell. I have seen them all.

I enjoy these movies for the most part, but they never get very good reviews in the theaters. Possibly it’s because so much has to be added to the storyline to make a full-length movie. The books are short and the movie would be short if screen writers and directors added nothing.

Let’s hope that The Lorax keeps the same message it held within its pages. Basically, we’re responsible for preserving what we have and using it wisely. I think the best quote from the book is this one.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.

Dr. Suess was completely right on this point. I actually saw a t-shirt with this quote on it and would love to own it. Hopefully, this phrase is still in the movie.  I love the message. We have to care about the world and the things that go on in it before we could ever begin to fix any of the wrongs that we see.

We’ll see if the movie keeps this main theme. So far from what I’ve seen of previews it’s looking like a love story between teenagers, where the boy wants to impress the girl by finding a real living tree. Hopefully we’ll never get that point. in real life. Even if the movies all turn out terrible let’s remember the good messages in their pages.

A person’s a person no matter how small

“Maybe Christmas”, he thought, “doesn’t come from a store.” “Maybe Christmas… perhaps… means a little bit more!”