Synopsis from Scholastic:
Billy Plimpton has a big dream: to become a famous comedian when he grows up. He already knows a lot of jokes, but thinks he has one big problem standing in his way: his stutter.
At first, Billy thinks the best way to deal with this is to… never say a word. That way, the kids in his new school won’t hear him stammer. But soon he finds out this is NOT the best way to deal with things. (For one thing, it’s very hard to tell a joke without getting a word out.)
As Billy makes his way toward the spotlight, a lot of funny things (and some less funny things) happen to him. In the end, the whole school will know …
If you think you can hold Billy Plimpton back, be warned: The joke will soon be on you.
About: The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh is a middle grade realistic fiction written by Helen Rutter. It was recently published on 8/3/2021 by Scholastic, hardcover, 256 pages. The genres are realistic fiction and middle grade contemporary. This book is the author’s debut and is intended for readers ages 8 to 12, grades 3 to 7. According to the publisher’s website, “Scholastic was founded in 1920 as a single classroom magazine. Today, Scholastic books and educational materials are in tens of thousands of schools and tens of millions of homes worldwide, helping to Open a World of Possible for children across the globe” and their mission is to “encourage the intellectual and personal growth of all children, beginning with literacy.” Please see below for more information about the publisher and author.
My Experience: I started reading The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh on 8/25/2021 and finished it on 9/2/2021. Definitely a fantastic read! Those lists of Billy, especially the Don’t Fart, I laughed so hard. The bully troubles is always sad. I feel bad kids everywhere have to experience bullying. I liked it when the author mentioned through multiple characters that it’s okay to be different. I enjoyed the jokes in this story. So many amazing and wonderful characters in this book. I liked Billy’s cleverness. He was always coming up with new ideas and carefully planning on what to do. I liked that Billy likes math because my son does too and he can relate when he read this story. I laughed and cried reading this book.
This book followed Billy, 11. He had a stuttering problem. His therapist told him to practice talking in front of the mirror. Different people reacted differently when they encounter someone who stutter. Billy named them The Encouragers, The Mind Readers, The Jokers and The Waiters. Billy loved jokes and wanted to tell jokes so others would laugh with him than at him. He’s going to start 6th grade soon and he decided on a different school than his classmates from elementary school. He’s hoping to become Billy the funniest boy in the new school instead of Billy the boy who stammer. He had many plans, including avoiding being bullied. He made many lists because he loved lists. Each chapter began with a joke.
The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh was well written and a fast paced read! The voice of the character do sounds young, 6th grader. So it will be a good read for other middle grade readers. My 9 year old read this book before me and loved it. I’m actually happy that he able to learn how to differentiate between the good people vs the bully from reading Billy’s thoughts. Billy knew how a bully looks like and avoided him as best as he could. I also liked how he tackled his fears of being on stage. He tried walking up on stage one step at a time each day and continued with it everyday without giving up. Another reason this book is good for young readers is the definition given to vocabularies kids may not encounter with like stroke. I liked the bond between Billy and his grandma and how hands-on was with his mom about her son’s wellbeing. This book is a good influence on my kid so I highly recommend everyone to read it!
I rate it 5 stars!
About the Author:
Helen lives in the countryside just outside Sheffield with her comedian husband, two children and two lovely dogs, Ronnie and Billy Whizz. When she is not tapping away in her writing room, she loves walking the dogs, playing board games and reading.
Before writing her first novel Helen wrote and performed her work on the stage. She has even done some stand up comedy (which was some of the inspiration for The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh!) and before that she was a jobbing actress. If you look hard you could even spot her in old episodes of Coronation Street, Holby City and many other TV staples including adverts, film and voice over. Her very first role was playing Ruby in Jacqueline Wilson’s Double Act, so maybe she was always destined to be involved with children’s books!
(Photo and info obtained from the author’s website at http://www.helenrutter.com).
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***Disclaimer: Many thanks to Scholastic for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.