Book Review: I Funny by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein

Title:  I Funny: A Middle School Story

Author:  James Patterson and Chris Grabenstein

Series:  None

Publisher:  Little, Brown and Company

Release Date:  December 10, 2012




Book Summary:
“Jamie Grimm is a middle schooler on a mission: he wants to become the world’s greatest standup comedian–even if he doesn’t have a lot to laugh about these days. He’s new in town and stuck living with his aunt, uncle, and their evil son Stevie, a bully who doesn’t let Jamie’s wheelchair stop him from messing with Jamie as much as possible. But Jamie doesn’t let his situation get him down. When his Uncle Frankie mentions a contest called The Planet’s Funniest Kid Comic, Jamie knows he has to enter. But are the judges only rewarding him out of pity because of his wheelchair, like Stevie suggests? Will Jamie ever share the secret of his troubled past instead of hiding behind his comedy act?

Following the bestselling success of the hilarious Middle School, The Worst Years of My Life, James Patterson continues to dish out the funnies in another highly-illustrated, heartfelt middle school story.”



I Funny deals with some tough subjects, like disability and loss, with sensitivity and humor.  I feel that the book makes these subjects accessible to middle school readers and will entertain them while helping them to empathize with feelings that they may not have experienced.  They will also identify with other issues that are common to tweens, such as bullying, embarrassment, and feeling out of place.


I’ll be honest, I was expecting this to be a light read but it touched my heart and I shed a few tears. Overall though, the book left me happy with a smile on my face.


I can’t wait to share this book with my 10 year old son and 12 year old daughter. They’ll definitely enjoy the humor and the many funny illustrations that add to the book.



Rating: 4.5 Stars – Highly Recommend


Content: Clean


Source: Library


I Funny is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble


  1. Thanks for the review! It’s about that time for my 11year old brother to get cracking on his summer reading assignments, and I saw this at the library today… similarly to you, I had it pegged as a light read (based on the cover)