What is Funny?

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What is Funny?


What is Funny? is the 5th title in Etan Boritzer’s best selling What is? series of Life Concepts books on character education and social issues. What is Funny? book addresses the subject of sensitivity and awareness in humor. Laughing at others or laughing at oneself, or laughing for no particular reason at all, author Etan Boritzer approaches the various subtleties of this basic human activity asking what is appropriate and what is hurtful, while tackling issues of taunting and teasing, bullying and aggression—issues that are very much in the focus of our nation’s schools today. Suggesting a gentle and conscious, multicultural message of compassion, understanding and acceptance, What is Funny? helps children, parents, educators and child professionals explore a subject too often easily glossed over.


What is Funny? is aimed at young children. Since I’m a comedy writer, that means me. It’s the perfect book to explain to kids why humor can heal and help, and why it should not be used to hurt and harm. In a world where laughter may be the one common link that binds us all, it is a valuable and fun teaching tool.

Jon Macks, Author, How to Be Funny
Writer, Jay Leno Tonight Show

Guides us on a light–hearted exploration into the complex question of what is truly funny and provides a simple yet insightful journey into the everyday humorous experiences of children. Boritzer captures the meaning of compassionate humor while also sensitizing us to the feelings of hurtful humor.

Dr. Steven M. Sultanoff
Pres, American Association for Therapeutic Humor

A thoughtful book which will help children begin to frame an understanding of humor. What is Funny? is a way of tickling yourself that actually makes you laugh

Tad Friend ,Writer
What’s So Funny? The New Yorker Magazine

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