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Louis Sachar
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17 Nov 2001
'Why did the guy eat two dead skunks for breakfast?' 'Because dead ones squeal when you stick the fork in.' Gary W. Boone knows he was born to be a stand-up comedian. It is the rest of the kids in the class who think he is a fool. Then the Floyd Hicks Junior High School Talent Show is announced, and he starts practising his routine nonstop to get it just right. Gary's sure that this will be his big break - he'll make everyone laugh and will win the $100 prize money. But when an outrageous surprise threatens to turn his debut into a disaster, it looks as if the biggest joke of all may be on Gary himself.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (17 Nov 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747555249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747555247
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 1.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,075,085 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Louis Sachar was born in New York. He was inspired to write children's books after working as a teacher's aide to gain extra credit. After graduation he worked in a sweater warehouse in Connecticut and wrote at night. He was soon fired from that job and moved onto law school where in his first week of study Sideways Stories From Wayside School was published. In 2000 Louis Sacher wrote Holes which became both an instant classic and a film starring Sigourney Weaver. Holes was his first book to be published in the UK and continues to prove popular among younger readers. Once Louis Sachar begins writing a new book he refuses to talk to anyone until it is finished and entry to his office is barred apart from his two dogs. The Cardturner is his new book which publishes in 2010.

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"Dogs don’t tell Jokes" is another hilarious and thought-provoking story from the author of "Holes", "There’s a Boy in the Girls’ Bathroom" and "The Boy who lost his Face".

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Louis Sachar lives in Austin, Texas, where he works full-time as an author of children's books. HOLES has won numerous US prizes including the very prestigious Newbery Prize and has also been shortlisted for the UK's Children's Book Award.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another tour de force from Louis Sachar! 5 May 2003
I picked up a copy of Dogs Don't Tell Jokes in my local bookshop and sat on the floor reading it. I started laughing at the jokes and got a few odd glances from other customers. Months later, I bought the book. I still giggle out loud at some of the quips.
Gary W. Boone ("My friends call me Goon") is an aspiring stand up comedian, but everyone is fed up with his never-ending stream of jokes, most of which aren't very funny. Everyone, that is, except his best friend, Angeline Persopolis, his old teacher Miss Turbone (Mr. Bone) and their hat-wearing croquet-playing friends. When the school holds a talent contest, Gary is determined to win...but will fate be against him?
I won't give away any more of the plot, but this is a really good, humorous and realistic book, especially in the parts where Gary tries hard to fit in with the other kids. Anybody who's been a class misfit(like me) will understand how hard it is. Then there's the jokes...and that brilliant surprise ending...
anyone who fell in love with Louis Sachar's style in Holes will love this, but I reccomend it to anyone who can read.
And why did the guy eat a dead skunk for breakfast?
You'll have to read it to find out....
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "This is a pretty funny book," says Efrem. 10 May 1999
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Dogs Don't Tell Jokes is a good book. It is about a kid named Gary W. Boone he is not popular at all. Then he joins the talent show, because he thinks he will get more popular if he wins. I'm not going to tell you if he wins. It's for you to find out. If you want a funny book, get Dogs Don't Tell Jokes. Efrem - 5th grade
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Gary Boone is a boy in middle school. He is kind of odd. He always makes jokes. That's all he ever does - make jokes. He thinks his jokes are hilarious, but no one else does. A school talent show comes up, and he decides to sign up as a comedian. So he does, and is ridiculed by his calssmates. Will he ever be accepted? This is a classic tale of a lost boy confused at what life is about. This is a great and funny book for children ages 7 to 11.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a funny but clever book 17 Oct 2003
Dogs don't Tell Jokes is a very funny book that got me in fits with the jokes. I found them funny even though they are supposed to be very boring in the book.I thought it was very catching the way Louis Sachar added a few catches in the book. I loved the way he made it sound as if nobody thought he was funny. I don't recommend small children to read it because there are a few bits that are not suitable for undre 10's. Above the age of 10 would understand and enjoy the book alot more, and overall, i liked the book alot. It was completely different to Holes and The Boy Who Lost His Face!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable! 9 Jun 1998
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Gary Boone is a boy in middle school that makes a joke out of everything. After a while, though, you want to tell him to get serious for a change. I thought the story was humorous, but not as good as some of Sachar's other books. I wasn't disappointed by it, but felt it was a little overdone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pie in the face 11 Jan 2014
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A brilliant book I've been a comedian in a number of talent shows so I enjoyed this book loads. It is brilliant.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not funny but interesting 19 Dec 2009
Posted on behalf of my student, Moniera (age 11):

I don't really like reading books, but one day my English teacher asked me to read the book "Dog Don't Tell Jokes"!

I think that the title of the book wasn't suitable with the whole story. Everyone says the book is funny, but for me none of the jokes made sense.

There was another little problem: that the idioms and puns in the story were a bit hard to understand sometimes.

After reading half the book, I realised that Gary's character was hard to figure out. A part of him was weird, lonely and annoying. It wasn't easy to sympathise with him, but I felt sorry for him at the end, that he didn't know how to make friends. For me, that was was the reason the book was interesting, and I really wanted to see what happened at the the end. I felt a bit disappointed when I got to the end because I thought something more spectacular would happen.

Read the book for yourself and figure out what happens!
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5.0 out of 5 stars SACHAR RULES!!!!
king kong
15 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
Best book ever i loved it and also loved all Louis Sachars other books : ) i bought this for my son who is reading it for the 1000000000th time! LOL
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed the book, it was great fun to read!
I really enjoyed the book as it had quite a sad plot because he had no friends and embarrassed himself at school. Read more
Published 4 months ago by yo sushi
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
I love this book it is perfect to any budding comedians and is packed with funny jokes which made me laugh a lot
Published 5 months ago by Nichola J Trew
1.0 out of 5 stars hate it
i aould rather rread waybuloo or 1 direction louis ssachar cannot make the joks good because he is not ajoker i just threw this in the bin when i bought it for real. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sabu kuriakose
4.0 out of 5 stars What life can be like as an outsider
Not as good as Holes - but what could be? You don't find out why the book has it's title until quite near the end of the book, and I won't spoil the surprise, but Gary W Boone or... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Book chatter
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Every book I read by Louis Sachar I always say the last one I have read is the best 5 stars
Published 5 months ago by Aamir Anwar:Shabana Anwar
3.0 out of 5 stars very funny
This book was very good because it made you laugh so much. The jokes were absolutely amazing, you almost wet your pants!
Published 8 months ago by Sam smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilariously Funny
This book made me laugh out loud at various moments. Like the occasional joke to fit in with whatever was going on at that moment. Read more
Published 8 months ago by jack compton
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
This book is really good! Although some of the jokes aren't exactly funny, it was still a great read! I really enjoyed it.
Published 8 months ago by Emilia Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars son loves these books
My son loves all the books by Louis Sachar - he's not a great reader but has asked for virtually all his books as he loves them
Published on 16 Nov 2011 by anj
4.0 out of 5 stars A great book by Louis Sachar
With a title like "Dogs don't tell jokes" you would have thought that this book was going to be pretty cheesy and pathetic but it is actually very good and worth a read. Read more
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