Martha Speaks Funny Bones Jokes and Riddles

Written by Karen Barss

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Martha Speaks Funny Bone Jokes and Riddles, written by Karen Barss and based on the characters created by the talented Susan Meddaugh for the Public Broadcasting Service for Kids (PBS Kids) Martha the Talking Dog series, is aimed at readers at the second grade reading level. With the exception of three jokes, the book consists of twenty plus jokes and riddles, as well as a matching game that revolve primarily around dogs in one form or another. The humor is tastefully appropriate for young readers and is consistent throughout the joke book. Most of the jokes and riddles are a play on words common to the subject of canines and that are familiar to young children. A good example of this is:

Question: How does Martha stop the DVD player?

Answer: She presses the “paws” button!


Another example of the kind of humor readers can expect to see is as follows:

Question: What kind of dog does Dracula have?

Answer: A bloodhound


With a canine on nearly every page the jokes and riddles are displayed in a colorful, comic-book-like layout that will appeal to children at the second grade reading level. Kids are sure to laugh out loud and re-read the jokes to share with their family and friends. Funny Bone Jokes and Riddles is an ideal hard cover book for librarians and teachers to carry on their book shelves for reluctant readers, as well as fans of the PBS Kids Martha the Talking Dog series due to the familiarity of its characters.


  • Martha FunnyTitle: Martha Speaks Funny Bones Jokes and Riddles
  • Author: Karen Barss
  • Illustrator: Based on PBS characters created by Susan Meddaugh
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Reviewer: Annemarie O’Brien
  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • ISBN: 978-0547-865775
  • Genre: Games/Jokes

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