1. Extraordinary Chickens by Stephen Green-Armytage
Chickens are inherently funny (or so I think), so virtually any book featuring photos of fowl is bound to incite a few laughs, but this book takes it to a whole new level. Extraordinary Chickens is a delightful compendium of exotic ornamental chickens whose oversized crowns and gaudy plumes are as educational as they are hilarious. Also be sure to check out the sequel, Extra Extraordinary Chickens.
2. Crap Taxidermy by Kat Su
This volume contains some of the most stilted–and laugh out loud funny–attempts at taxidermy. It’s the sort of strange coffee table book that makes a great joke gift, but is also unnervingly riveting.
3. How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack by Chuck Sambuchino
Your guests will doubtless appreciate this comprehensive guide to fending off murderous hoards of garden gnomes. Like tiny, friendly-looking orcs, their only intent is to maim and kill. As the boy scouts are so fond of saying, BE PREPARED.
4. Awkward Family Photos by Mike Bender & Doug Chernack
Get ready for some alpha-level awkwardness with these cringe-worthy family photos. If you hide your family photos when guests are around, fear not. You have nothing on the folks in this book. Also be sure to check out Awkward Family Holiday Photos and Awkward Family Pet Photos.
5. Underwater Dogs by Seth Casteel
Combining the winning cuteness of our canine cousins with the hilarious facial expressions they don when diving for a ball, Underwater Dogs is a must-have for all dog lovers. Also be sure to pick up a copy of Underwater Puppies.
6. Dog Shaming by Pascale Lemire
America’s current love of public shaming has extended to pets with the explosion in popularity of dog shaming, a Puritan-like practice in which canine crimes are displayed on boards hung around the neck for all to see. The official dog-shaming book offers adorable photos and hilarious accounts of our furry friends’ misdeeds.
7. All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen & Jory John
This morbidly humorous picture book explains the predicament of socks whose partner has mysteriously disappeared, houseplants whose friends have been snuffed out by irresponsible owners, and, of course, dinosaurs, whose pals are, sadly, extinct. And don’t even get me started about zombies… Also be sure to check out the sequel, All My Friends Are Still Dead.
8. Stoner by Steve Mockus
The genius of this book cannot be overstated…or at least that’s what someone who is stoned while reading it might say. If you’re sober, this book is a funny and far out collection of trippy images that will either make you want to light up or question the wisdom of doing so.
9. There, I Fixed It (No, You Didn’t) by Cheezburger Network
DIYers and dads who don’t know when to give it up and call a plumber will love this celebration of terrible…er…highly creative, yet aesthetically challenged repair jobs.
10. People of Walmart by Adam Kipple, Andrew Kipple, & Luke Wherry
What happens in Walmart stays in Walmart…at least it did until this book was released. The humans of Walmart are a funny bunch and this collection of hilarious and hilariously disturbing moments will have you giggling uncontrollably and asking, “WTF?!”