Why Funny Books are Important by Chloe Perrin

Author Chloe Perrin (Photo Credit – Chloe Potamiti)

When the first sparks of His Royal Hopeless were brewing in the caffeine induced haze which is my brain, I didn’t really know what genre it was going to be. High fantasy? Action adventure? Teen romance (okay, maybe not)?

However, one thing was always for certain- I wanted it to make people laugh.

Have you ever noticed that when people bring up classic children’s literature, there are very few comedies thrown into the mix? Don’t get me wrong, the classics are classics for a reason, but I often get the feeling that funny children’s books are a little maligned.

(Here’s where a group of angry readers point out how wrong I am and produce an endless list of amazingly funny classics- as they should! Please, DM me, I need a longer reading list!)

In my opinion, funny children’s books aren’t just brilliant, they’re incredibly important. I always knew I wanted HRH to impart a message to its readership, and I fervently believe that the best way to teach a child anything is through a funny story. Think back to school- our favourite teachers tended to be the funny ones, and I personally admit that I learned more about history through the Horrible Histories franchise than I ever did in my actual history lessons (sorry Mr. Davies).

But it doesn’t just stop at school. My all-time favourite author Terry Pratchett was a master at the comedy middle-grade, and the antics of his recurring protagonist Tiffany Aching taught me a lot about confidence and resilience (all while laughing at the Nac Mac Feegle). And Diana Wynne Jones’ fantasy Howl’s Moving Castle (another all-time favourite) used the comedy of young Sophie transforming into an old age pensioner to bring home a powerful message about courage and self-perception.

And then there’s His Royal Hopeless- a comedy about a prince bumbling through life with an undying sense of oblivious optimism. However, it’s also about a young person struggling to measure up to their parent’s ridiculous expectations. Young readers may not identify with the first part (alas, we can’t all live in our own castle) but perhaps, through the comedy, they’ll recognise the second.

As I step down from my soapbox and slip on a banana skin, I’ll leave you with my final call to arms. Lift up funny children’s books! Let’s put them on the same pedestal we put all classic children’s literature. Laughter is probably the best thing for all of us right now anyway.

HIS ROYAL HOPELESS by Chloë Perrin is out now in paperback (£6.99, Chicken House)

Follow Chloë on Instagram @chloeperrin_author and Twitter @ChloePerrinUK
Find out more at chickenhousebooks.com

Helen Byles, Co-owner of the BookBound blog recently read His Royal Hopeless, and she had this to say –

The Sinistevils have ruled for many years,  and there all the same, they are rude, nasty, generally horrible,  well that is apart from Robbie next in line to the throne,  he’s the complete opposite. His mum the Queen will do anything to stop him claiming the throne.

With the aid of his best friend he must find his heart to claim the throne. On a wild adventure that will have you laughing along the way.

This is an amazing debut book, its a unique story that will have you willing Robbie on, but maybe like me you might feel sorry for the queen?

Be sure to check out the rest of the His Royal Hopeless Blog Tour, information on which can be found on the tour banner below.

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