This morning, Ryan turned to me and asked, “What do you call a hand that helps?”
“I don’t know… what?” I replied, even though I could sort of tell where this joke was headed.
“A helping hand,” he exclaimed, grinning and raising his eyebrows up and down in that mischievous way he does.
Dude is really into jokes at the moment. He likes to learn them (or make them up) and then he works on perfecting his comedic timing and intonation. Because above all else, he likes to laugh and he likes to make others laugh.
So when I got an email asking if I’d be interested in reviewing Neesha Mirchandani’s new HAHA Color Me Joke Book, a joke book that doubles as a coloring book for kids ages 3-8, I was intrigued. When I read that for every book Neesha sells, she will also donate one to a child in foster care…. Well, duh. Here I am.
The book includes dozens of pages of jokes, with one joke per page and a coordinating illustrated drawing for the kiddos to color. It also includes a couple of bonus jokes with blank pages for the kids to draw their original illustrations, as well as several lined pages for them to write their own jokes. (Ryan will be taking advantage of that, I’m sure.)
It’s not only a smart concept, it’s sweetly executed. Ryan gravitated immediately to this page and got to work.
“Mommy, do you get it? Like a school of fish!” (OH! Got it, thanks, Ry.)
As cute as the book is, my favorite part of the project is that Neesha will be donating one copy for each copy sold to those on the frontlines of caring for children in crisis. Therapists and social workers will have one more tool at their disposal to help break the ice with a traumatized child, to provide a calm and fun activity right at the moment when the world around them has never seemed scarier. That’s not a little thing, guys. That’s a big, big thing.
And guess what! I have an extra copy to give away to one of you!
Enter the giveaway by leaving a comment below with your favorite joke. I’ll start ….
Why are pirates so great? They just AAARRRRR.
Anyway, this book is just $9.99. Think of that as $5 for your copy and $5 for a copy for a child in foster care. Buy it now and stash it away for Christmas. Buy it for your nieces and nephews, your godson or goddaughter, your best friend’s son, the neighbor kid, ET CETERA. Make this your go-to kid-book-gift this year. The kids get a laugh, their parents get 10 minutes of peace, and you support kids in foster care.
Ok, you get my point. Go ahead, buy it.
(And don’t forget to comment below with your favorite joke to be entered to win a free copy!)
(UPDATE: GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED. Lizzie wins with her joke: “What do you call a dog magician? A labracadabrador.” Congrats, Lizzie!)