I Funny: A Middle School Story

Book 1 of 7 in the I Funny Series
Interest LevelReading LevelReading A-ZATOSWord Count
Grades 4 - 8Grades 2 - 5T3.927357

Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world's greatest standup 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 messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn't let his situation get him down. When his 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 highly-illustrated, heartfelt middle school story. (Includes more than 175 black-and-white illustrations.)

Paperback, 320 pages
Published on January 26, 2015 by jimmy patterson
ISBN-10: 031620692X
ISBN-13: 9780316206921
185 Book Reviews
  • eagle_fan11
    eagle_fan118 days55 stars
    Jamie Grimm is a middle school student in a wheelchair who lives with the Smileys (his nickname for them since they don’t laugh or smile); his aunt, uncle and their three children who don’t have any sense of humor, and gets bullied by their older son. Jamie is on a mission; to be the greatest standup sit-down comedian in the world. He is a natural at joking; his brain is wired for it. After school and on the weekends, he goes to his Uncle Frankie’s Diner and practices his jokes on customers with a result of endless laughing. Then, his Uncle tells him about The Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic Contest. Without telling anyone, Jamie starts practicing jokes everywhere he can; with his friends Pierce: who has a vast knowledge, Gaynor: who has tattoos and a nose-piercing, Cool Girl: who thinks Jamie is a book-carrier, and are very close friends, and Gilda: the girl with the frizzy hair. He also practices with the Smileys and tries to make the un-laughable laugh. He wins first place for the city competition-but will he win the state? What I thought about the book: I Funny is very funny. Extremely funny. I laughed endlessly. James Patterson is a wonderful author. After I read his other middle school books, Middle School: The Worst Years Of My Life and Middle School: Get Me Out Of Here!; I raced to get this from the library. His books are almost like middle school diaries. It’s almost like he was writing his experiences from middle school. He writes so well. The pictures (by the awesome Laura Park) are a great addition to the book. Beautifully inked, they help you understand the story way better. So if you want some great jokes, for example (I almost busted a gut with this one) : “Hey, have you heard about the kidnapping?” ”No.” ”Don’t worry, he’s still sleeping.”; read I Funny. And if that doesn’t make you read it, then I don’t know what will.
    • shayshaygirl25
      shayshaygirl25over 1 year55 stars
      I love this book! It is all about a boy named jamie who got in a car accident. His whole family died, but he survived! Now, He lives in NY with his aunt and uncle, "The Smileys" and is in a wheelchair because of the accident. He loves to tell jokes and be funny! That is why he is entering comedy competitions! Will he win them, Will he be able to walk again, Read this book to see what happens!!!
      • yeah_imian
        yeah_imianalmost 2 years55 stars
        I thought the book was very funny and reminded me of the Diary of the Wimpy Kid series and the Captain Underpants series somewhat as well. It uses cheesy humor to get a good laugh out of the reader just similar to all the books you would read in middle school. The book is about funny boy with a wild imagination entering and winning a contest to see who the funniest kid in the world is. After he wins the contest people begin to believe the only reason he won is because his legs don't work and has to use a wheel chair. This is the one thing the main character hates the most, when people treat him special. He would liked to be treated as if his legs worked. This reminds me of a classmate of mine at my old school who also couldn't walk.
        • marrigold137
          marrigold137over 2 years55 stars
          I thought it was so funny that Jamie had to teach a class on being funny. He was so flustered at the beginning ! I was glad when he stopped that and started to really help all of his "students" feel the groove .I personally loved the ending.
          • Cool dudealmost 3 years
            good book I recommend it
            • astrydnayanahs
              astrydnayanahsover 3 years22 stars
              This book needed some work. I got totally bored with it, it was funny some of the time but not as funny as it seemed it would be. I will be reading the next book all though I think it will be just like the first one, but that of course is just my opinion.
              • odellbeck5
                odellbeck5almost 4 years11 star
                I like Middle School better but this book was fine
                • addih05
                  addih05about 4 years33 stars
                  this book was ok but i think that his series middle school is better
                  • fro-lo
                    fro-loabout 4 years
                    I love it. Jamie funnie
                    • NateIsLITover 4 years
                      I funny was a great book. Took a good spin on different handicapped people. Shows you that even when life is lookin down try to overcome it. Filled with funny jokes and good story line