Okay, that was misleading because I don't have a punchline. My kids are really into dumb jokes and they riff on them in a way that is almost surreal: "Why did the love birds not like their name? Because it was really glove birds." But I paraphrase.
Tonight we, or I should say my daughter, was reading books to me and my son. She is six and just started reading and as a writing instructor and former literacy teacher, this is exciting stuff for me. Tonight, we/she read a favorite author, Mo Willems. For those of you unacquainted with the talent of Mo Willems, let me just point you in the direction of his first classic, Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! He now has a series of Elephant and Piggie books starring a pair of animal friends, one of whom - Gerald, the elephant - is a tad on the neurotic side. My kids cackle at these books. I cackle when my daughter hesitates on a word and my three year old yells out what the book says. I need to record these read-alouds.
So, check out Mo Willems (former writer/animator for Sesame Street) and his Elephant and Piggie early reader series, especially There Is A Bird On Your Head and I Will Surprise My Friend.