Having failed to don a red nose last week, I am trying belatedly to catch up on Red Nose events. Where better to start than the Dunannie Joke Book, composed by Dunannie pupils for Red Nose Day. Each Dunannie pupil has had a chance to have a joke included – and to provide some supporting illustration. Reassuringly, there are plenty of old favourites. Plenty reflect the sorts of things that go on in young children’s minds – ambivalent attitudes to custard, for example:
What’s yellow, hot and highly dangerous?
Shark-infested custard. (Charlie, Yr 3)
Dinosaurs feature, of course:
What do you call a one-eyed dinosaur?
A do-you-think-he-saurus. (Georgiana, Reception)
My favourite is one (from Tom of Year 1) that, after the usual grim start surprises with a poetic touch that elevates its object’s dignity:
Like many people I have a poor memory for jokes but one from a comparable time in my life sticks with me:
What’s big and red and eats rocks?
A big, red, rock-eating monster.
I remember this being repeated endlessly. It kept on seeming funny.
So that’s my belated offering for the Dunannie Joke Book.
Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.