Lunch Lady, graphic novel

Hilarious Children’s Authors with Impossible to Pronounce Names

Funny Children’s Book Authors: Jon Scieszka and Jarrett Krosoczka

Is there something about having a difficult name to pronounce that makes you especially funny? I was on a LiveChat with Lunch Lady graphic novel author Jarrett Krosoczka (dear god, your names are hard to spell!), and he was cracking me up. He’s so funny!

And Jon Scieszka too, I gathered from this clip for The Children’s Choice Book Awards, has a great sense of humor.

So, in jest I told Jarrett via the LiveChat that I might email him to get more names of funny children’s book authors with difficult to spell and pronounce names.

And he shot back, “…if you need the list of difficult names, we have quarterly meetings throughout the year. :)”

Yep, he’s funny and fast on his feet!

And so, thank you to Jarrett for supplying this post for me.

And dear readers, please make more suggestions of KidLit authors who write very funny books for kids and have extremely difficult names to spell and pronounce. I will be sure that they are invited to Jarrett’s quarterly meetings.


p.s. He does a radio show on Sirius called The Book Report. I am sure he is highly entertaining and might even teach us to pronounce his name.

Listen on Wednesdays 
at 5:30p.m. EST on 
The Absolutely Mindy Show!
p.p.s. He also recommended a funny kids’ music band made up of three teachers called Recess Monkey Town.

Funny Books to Read to Kids by Authors with Impossible to Pronounce Names

Jef Czekaj wins though for hardest name. It’s pronounced “”Check-aye.” He writes a hilarious picture book series called HIP AND HOP.”‘

This was a reply on the Live Chat at the Random House Read and Play Community with Jarrett Krosoczka and he should know!

Hip is a turtle who raps really slowly. Hop is a bunny who raps superfast. One afternoon they see a poster for a rap contest and become friends. On the day of the big event, rappers like LudaFish and Notorious P.I.G. take the stage. It comes down to a rap-off between Hip and Hop, but this time neither slow nor fast wins the prize.

This engaging new take on the fable of the tortoise and the hare combines elements of comics with a traditional picture book. Hilarious mini-raps recited at varying speeds make for a rollicking read-aloud that kids will want to hear—and perform—over and over.


I would vote Jarrett Krosoczka the next hardest to pronounce only because I still haven’t mastered his name. Some exciting news about Jarrett: there is a Lunch Lady movie in development with Amy Poehler to star as the lunch lady!!! He also has a second movie in development. I think it’s the Monkey Boy one but I can’t quite remember. [Correction: it’s Punk Farm.]

Jarrett Krosoczka, pronunciation help here.

Author/illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka is celebrating ten years as a published author/illustrator with Monkey Boy to Lunch Lady: the sketchbooks of Jarrett J. Krosoczka. A decade’s worth of sketchbooks were visually curated by designer John Lind and Krosoczka penned essays on the creative process behind each book in his bibliography.

Photos of book tour stops and field notes on Jarrett’s literary career are also included, along with an introduction by radio host and art educator Mark Lynch. 100% of proceeds from this book benefit the Joseph and Shirley Memorial Youth Scholarships at the Worcester Art Museum, which provides free tuition to art courses for children in need.

Punk Farm

After a long day of work, Farmer Joe goes home to bed. But meanwhile, back at the barn . . .
Cow sets up her drums.
Pig plugs in his amp.
Goat tunes his bass.
Chicken sets up her keyboards.
And Sheep checks the microphone.They are Punk Farm and tonight they’re ready to ROCK! With adorable farm animals – and a surprise tribute to Old MacDonald – this rollicking tale is sure to have kids cheering–and singing–along.
Good Night, Monkey BoyWho’s that eating a banana? Swinging from the shower curtain? Making faces in the mirror? Why, it looks like a monkey!But not to Mommy. Mommy knows it’s her own monkey boy, and even monkey boys need their sleep. But first, they need to clean up their room and take a bath. Then she’ll read a story. “Good night, Monkey Boy . . . and no more bananas!”


Finally, funny man Jon Scieszka makes the list. Since we love his books, I have both mastered the spelling AND pronunciation of his name.(thank you, thank you very much!).

Jon Scieszka, pronunciation help here.

 Math Curse

“As close to genius as one gets in a picture book.”–USA Today

* An ABBY Honor Book
* ALA Notable Book

* ALA Best Books for Young Adults

The Horn Book Fanfare
* Texas Bluebonnet Award
Publishers Weekly Best Books of 1995
School Library Journal Best Books of 1995
Booklist: Editors’ Choice Award

Baloney, Henry P.

Who is Henry P. Baloney? An alien schoolkid who has to think of a very good reason for being late to szkola again. Otherwise it is Permanent Lifelong Detention.

This New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller follows Henry’s tall tale of his lost zimulis with graphically created piksas that help explain just exactly what Henry is talking about. An out-of-this-world experience, the book is told in at least twenty different Earth languages, and is probably the best excuse ever for being late to szkola.

The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales

The entire book, with its unconventional page arrangement and eclectic, frenetic mix of text and picures, is a spoof on the art of book design and the art of the fairy tale. The individual tales, such as he Really Ugly Ducklingand ittle Red Running Shorts,can be extracted for telling aloud, with great success. Another masterpiece from the team that created The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!

Time Warp Trio series

Can the Time Warp Trio escape death and destruction and still make it back to the 20th century for lunch?

Can you name more funny children’s book authors with very difficult to spell and pronounce names? Thank you!

To view any book more closely at Amazon, please click on image of book.

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. Artchoo

    Okay. The lunch lady book looks really funny. I need a Pragmatic Mom app for my iPhone so I can keep track of the books I want to get out of the library and/ or buy when I read your posts.

  2. Ann

    Looks so funny! Love Math Cure. Very cool book list theme!!!
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  3. That list of books is great! Love the recommendations 🙂
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  4. Alexandra

    it is funny, he pronounces his own name in the “wrong” way 😀 But the words has a different spelling “ścieżka”. With “ż” 🙂
    Ahaha and the name “Czekaj” is an imperative for “wait” 🙂
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