ABOUT AUTHOR: Rob Elliott is the author of Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids, Laugh-Out-Loud Animal Jokes for Kids, and Knock-Knock Jokes for Kids, and has been a publishing professional for more than fifteen years. Rob lives in West Michigan, where in his spare time he enjoys laughing out loud with his wife and five children. Learn more atwww.laughoutloudjokesforkids.com.
How did your first joke book come about? What was the name of it and when was it published? What is the process you use to come up with jokes?
The first book was Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids, published in 2010. It started out as just a fun family thing we did around the dinner table every night. My wife and I and our kids would sit around the table and throw out play-on-word jokes, creative puns, lots of original ideas, or funny jokes we’d heard from friends or read online, etc. We would give each other’s jokes either a thumbs up or thumbs down depending on how everybody liked them. The ones that passed the vote would be “tweaked” to make them our own. Having a fresh, unique mix of jokes was important to us.
Where do you get your ideas for jokes?
They usually are created in the spur of the moment, by a silly word association that comes to mind or as a way to tease one of my kids about something they've said. We might experiment with tongue twisters as we’re driving around town. I can’t tell you how many times someone in my family has made a random remark and I’ll say, “Wait, I think I can turn that into a joke!” I've created monsters with my family, too. My wife will lay awake in bed coming up with jokes before she falls asleep all the time.
What is your favorite joke? You know the one you tell everyone because it makes you laugh?
Q: What’s the difference between broccoli and boogers?
A: Kids won’t eat their broccoli. Never gets old.
Along with your jokes you have pictures that need to be finished drawing by the children reading the book? What made you write a joke book like this? Have you done this before?
My daughters have had a lot of fun with the doodle books that have been popular over the last few years. I thought it would be fun to create a book that would give you the jokes and doodles too. It’s a double whammy of creativity for the kids! I thought about it not long after the joke book released, but didn't pursue the idea until after I saw how so many people liked the little joke book.
What is the hardest type of joke to write?
I think knock-knock jokes are the hardest. You can only find so many puns and words to play off of. I need to keep working on the craft of knock-knock joke writing because it seems to be the kids’ favorite…adults, not so much! When my wife Joanna heard I was going to write a knock-knock joke book she suggested I find my own apartment until the writing was done. I’m still not sure if she was kidding.
Who inspires you?
Two of my favorite comedians are Jim Gaffigan and Tim Hawkins. I love that they can be extremely funny, but their stuff is clean and so much of their humor can be enjoyed by the whole family. I also like that they’re dads like me and they involve their families in what they do. They see the hilarious side of parenthood and help us not take ourselves too seriously.
Who encourages you? Who is your biggest fan?
Definitely my wife first and then my kids. Joanna thinks I can do anything. She’s wrong, but it’s nice to hear. My kids are great, although the way they like to encourage me most is by trying to keep me humble. They remind me that I’m not as funny as I think I am (ha, ha).
What do you hope readers take away from your joke books?
I just hope they laugh and have a lot of fun. And I especially hope that they share the jokes with their friends and family because laughter is a gift that should be shared.
Nora: I'm sure they will be sharing the jokes to make other laugh!
A Friend of yours has a time machine and they will let you use it for a while. Where would you go and what would you do?
I love Charles Spurgeon and I love England. I believe I would want to go back in time, go to a Sunday church at Spurgeon’s church and then go to his house after for some fish and chips.
Nora: Sounds like a great time!
You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play?
Nora: I can see you doing that!
Out of all the sounds in the world which are your favorite? Why?
Thunder. There is nothing better than a thunder and lightning storm in the spring or summer. It helps me sleep.
What two jobs have you had that would surprise people? Do tell!
My first job was a dishwasher at a restaurant and I cleaned toilets in my college dorm. Those jobs will make you want to get an education.
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