The Funniest Kid in America
By Gordon Korman
(Disney-Hyperion, Hardcover, 9780786807468, 160pp.)
Publication Date: June 1, 2003
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Ever since he was little, Max Carmody has been trying to make people laugh. So when he sees a poster announcing a contest for "The Funniest Kid in America," he feels that he has finally found his destiny. Dubbing himself "Maxx Comedy," he sets about to create the tape that will win him the contest and national fame-but it isn't quite as easy as he thought it would be. In what soon becomes a comedy of errors, Max first has to help a cow named Madonna give birth, keep a wildcat from attacking his classmates, save a friend from getting beaten up by a jealous boyfriend, and make it all the way to Chicago with a truckload of cherries. Will Max leave them rolling in the aisles? Or will he discover, as an old actor once said, "Dying is easy; comedy is hard.