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To celebrate 20 years of stories by Paul Jennings, this is a collection of his funniest work. Hand-picked by Paul, each book contains around 25 stories from the "UnCollected Series" and "Tongue-Tied".

Affiliation Notes

  • This work is affiliated with the AustLit subset Asian-Australian Children's Literature and Publishing because it has a Vietnamese translation.

Contents

* Contents derived from the Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,:Penguin , 2005 version. Please note that other versions/publications may contain different contents. See the Publication Details.
Lucky Lips, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's humour

'A boy who has never been kissed obtains a lipstick that will make nearby girls kiss him. However, it also works on any female, including animals . Was later adapted as an episode of Round The Twist.'(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unreal_(short_story_collection)

(p. 1-14)
Tongue-Tied, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's humour

'A boy tries to get a rare fish for a girl in his school, believing that doing so will make her want to kiss him.' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tongue-Tied_(short_story_collection))

(p. 15-21)
Spaghetti Pig-Out, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's

'A boy is always lonely at school because the school bully never lets anyone associate with him. He is pretty much lonely at home as well because of his lack of technology. But one day, he gets a strange video player whose remote control also works on people. However, the bully eventually steals the remote. Back at school, they both enter a spaghetti-eating contest in which the winner earns a free holiday. The bully, due to eating too much spaghetti via the fast forward function on the remote, throws up and is disqualified from the contest, allowing the boy to win the holiday. Was later adapted as an episode of Round The Twist.'   (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncanny_(short_story_collection))

(p. 22-40)
Smart Ice-Cream, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's humour

'An ice-cream seller has special ice-creams that have effects such as making people happier, shortening peoples' noses, removing pimples, and making people smarter. A smart boy who is always top of the class gets jealous, because he never gets any of the ice-cream and also because one of his classmates becomes as good as him, so he ruins the ice-cream business by destroying all the ice-cream except the one that makes people smarter. He then proceeds to eat that one, only to find out that it actually makes people less smart.' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unreal_(short_story_collection)

(p. 41-47)
One Shot Toothpaste, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's

'A dentist tells one of his patients the story of how he became a dentist in spite of wanting to be a dustman: one of his neighbors, despite being nearly toothless, always had his bin full of toothpaste which he tested on locked-up animals. This toothpaste is supposed to make sure people never have to clean their teeth again, but has a horrible taste. The old man gets a taste of his own medicine and transforms into a giant tooth, which the patients think becomes the dentist's sign. The story ends with the dentist telling a similar story to another child of how he became a dentist in spite of wanting to be a ballerina, revealing that the story is made up.' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unbelievable_(short_story_collection))

(p. 47-56)
A Mouthful, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's

'A girl has a father who loves playing practical jokes on her friends whenever they come for a sleepover. One night, however, he ends up becoming the victim of his own joke.'   (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncovered_(short_story_collection))

(p. 57-60)
Cow Dung Custard, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's

'Greg has a father who grows vegetables that are tremendous because of all the dung he uses to grow them. The worst batches are one that cannot be smelled, but attracts flies, and one that smells so incredibly bad that it gets him in trouble with the neighbours, but also kills flies. At the end, Greg and his father get into trouble...' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unreal_(short_story_collection)

(p. 61-80)
Licked, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's humour

'A boy who has bad table manners is often criticised by his father during meals. But when a visitor comes for tea, the father has made a promise to talk about his son's faults, despite the fact that he performs them in the worst ways possible. Was later adapted as an episode of Round The Twist, was one of two adaptions to be combined into one episode.' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unbearable_(short_story_collection))

(p. 81-86)
The Gumleaf War, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's humour
When a boy suffers a terrible injury to his nose, he is sent to stay with an old man in the country for a short time.
(p. 87-106)
Yuggles, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's humour

'A boy enters a mushroom-picking competition to win a large Easter egg for his sick little sister. But all his mushrooms except one get stolen, and that one mushroom has the ability to change shape and scare off mean people. Was later adapted as an episode of Round The Twist.'   (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unbearable_(short_story_collection))

(p. 107-123)
Pubic Hare, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's

'A boy who is the first in his class to grow pubic hair feels embarrassed about it, so he gains from an old man the ability to move objects with his mind.'  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncovered_(short_story_collection))

(p. 124-144)
Moonies, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's humour

'When an illiterate boy moves to a new school, the school bully has him sign a contract, which he does because he doesn't want anyone to know about his disability. Unfortunately, the contract means he has to moon his principal, ruining his chances of having his painting hung in the art gallery. However, the boy calls him a coward because the bully wouldn't moon and so he ends up doing it, but unfortunately for the bully, he gets into trouble.' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Undone_(short_story_collection))

(p. 145-158)
Smelly Feat, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's humour

'A boy who has no sense of smell decides to wear his socks for three straight months, believing that doing so will cause nearby people to fall asleep. It is not just people, even animals are affected. But the person he most wants to use them on is his enemy, who is planning to slaughter his 200-year-old turtle friend. Was later adapted as an episode of Round The Twist.'   (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unbearable_(short_story_collection))

(p. 159-176)
Sniffex, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's

'A sequel to the Unmentionable story Ex Poser. Boffin has now invented a smell detector, which he hopes will help him find out who has been flatulating every day in class.' (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tongue-Tied_(short_story_collection))

(p. 177-181)
Ringing Wet, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's

'A girl who wets the bed, enjoys spying on her neighbour who she believes has buried his wife. When her divorced mother takes her and her brother to Luna Park , they are forced to go home early due to a prank played by her brother. Their father gives them a bet that when one of them talks, the other gets 50 dollars.'   (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncovered_(short_story_collection))

(p. 182-199)
Little Squirt, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's

'A boy always gets beaten by his older brother, especially at running and at urinating as high as possible. However, he spends a week training, making him a lot better. Finally, the boy beats his brother at the urinating contest and his brother hits the roof. Was later loosely adapted as an episode of Round The Twist.'  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unmentionable)

(p. 200-203)
Piddler on the Roof, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's humour

'A sequel to the Unmentionable story Little Squirt. When the water in Sydney becomes contaminated, Weesle is forced to stay with his aunt in the countryside. He dislikes his aunt because she is a health freak, and her son enjoys dobbing on Weesle whenever he does anything slightly wrong.'

(p. 204-211)
Too Many Rabbits, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's

'A boy whose parents own a bookshop buys a rabbit from his girlfriend who owns a pet shop. When the rabbit has babies, he keeps them hidden in a secret room but the breeding starts to get out of control. Caring for and hiding hundreds of rabbits soon becomes an impossible task.'  (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncovered_(short_story_collection))

(p. 228-244)
Picked Bones, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's

'A boy receives a box from his late uncle. It bears a warning that it must be kept away from his cat – but not because the cat will damage the contents.'   (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncovered_(short_story_collection))

(p. 245-262)
Squawk Talk, Paul Jennings , single work children's fiction children's

'A rude and foul mouthed boy gets a toilet seat stuck to his head (and a parrot following him) and insults whoever teases him about it. But when the boy tries to ask for help or when someone offers him help, the parrot forces him to repeat the insults he had said previously.' 

(p. 263-284)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Camberwell, Camberwell - Kew area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Penguin , 2005 .
      person or book cover
      Courtesy of Penguin.
      Extent: 330p.
      ISBN: 0670028908
Alternative title: Những câu chuyện hài hước nhất
Language: Vietnamese

Works about this Work

Untitled Rita Blackburn , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 20 no. 1 2006; (p. 55)

— Review of Paul Jennings' Funniest Stories Paul Jennings , 2005 selected work
Something for Everyone Nicole Humphrey , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-23 December 2005; (p. 14)

— Review of Paul Jennings' Funniest Stories Paul Jennings , 2005 selected work ; Kids' Night In 2 : A Feast of Stories 2005 anthology short story ; Me and My Dog Gary Crew , 2005 single work children's fiction
Something for Everyone Nicole Humphrey , 2005 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 22-23 December 2005; (p. 14)

— Review of Paul Jennings' Funniest Stories Paul Jennings , 2005 selected work ; Kids' Night In 2 : A Feast of Stories 2005 anthology short story ; Me and My Dog Gary Crew , 2005 single work children's fiction
Untitled Rita Blackburn , 2006 single work review
— Appears in: Fiction Focus : New Titles for Teenagers , vol. 20 no. 1 2006; (p. 55)

— Review of Paul Jennings' Funniest Stories Paul Jennings , 2005 selected work
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