written and illustrated by Teri and Robert Sloat
Best 106 Hardcover Children's Books of 1995
Sacramento Bee: Bursting with word play is
Rib-Ticklers, with some 200 riddles, puns and silly jokes,
this Sebastopol couple has outdone themselves in assembling a very
funny book. You can't miss with this one.
Childsplay Magazine: A wonderful compilation
of jokes, limericks and riddles to keep the kids and you laughing
throughout your vacation. Extremely clever.
Book Bag: Rib-Ticklers is the cleverest
amalgum of picture, riddle and sharp sayings that ever got banned
in the classroom except at free-time, all about animals.
School Library Journal:
the amusing artwork
and clever layout make Rib-Ticklers a solid choice for the
children will find Rib-Ticklers
one of the funniest, most inspiring books on the shelf today. Seriously,
the Sloats display the kind of verbal playfulness that spurs children
to create their own jokes and even write them down. A rewarding
aspect of this book: In addition to the accessible, detailed illustrations,
the book is very word-intensiveeach page brims with jokes
and references (making it worth the $15 because the book requires
poring over). And more importantly, children learn that words and
language can be utterly hilarious.
Burrelle's Syndicated Reviews: Fifteen
fun-packed scenes take young readers from "Pre-Hysterical Times"
to "A Real Smash". The main characters here are dinosaurs,
monkeys, lions, etc.
About the Book
Writing jokes is like telling short stories where
you think of the ending first. I love to play with words, but when
my family got tired of listening to my jokes all the time, I started
writing them down. From then on, it has been my way of not being
bored or nervous when I'm on a long car trip or waiting for an appointment.
Sometimes in the morning when I find it hard to start
writing, I begin by just writing jokesit's a warm-up exercise.
On a long trip, I saw cows and started writing all the words I could
think of in connection to cowsgraze, milk, milkshake, bull,
field, grass, pasture, ice-cream, calf, bull, butter, udder, dairy,
fence, hoof, steer, Jersey, Holstein, etc.
Why are cows such good dancers?
They are GRAZE-ful!
Why do you milk cows after an earthquake?
To get milkshakes.
My husband and I illustrated Rib-Ticklers
together, and maybe we will do another book together someday.