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By Robert Munsch
Illustrations by Michael Martchenko

Ages 3 - 7
32 Pages
Scholastic Canada Ltd.
ISBN 9780439935944 Paperback
ISBN 9780439935937 Hardcover
ISBN 9780545994347 Book and CD package
Also available in French: Le bouffon de la classe

Leonardo has been funny since he was born: he was a funny baby, a funny toddler, a funny first-grader. Now he is in grade four, and Mrs. Gomez asks him to stop being funny. Leonardo tries and tries until he thinks he’s going to burst! He just can’t help it!

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About the story

In 2005, two kids sent Robert Munsch a movie that they had made themselves. It was a show about why he should visit San Antonio. He thought it was really neat, and decided to visit their school.

While he was there, he went to Mrs. Gomes's class, which was all in Spanish, and the class tried to teach him the states of Mexico. They had made him an excellent map and a Spanish ABC book, which he got to keep. They had even made him a song about the states of Mexico so he could learn how to say the names right.

Then Munsch told some stories and answered questions. A kid named Leonardo asked, "How do you get your ideas?" Munsch said, "I'll show you." So he asked the other kids to talk to him about Leonardo till he got an idea for a story. The whole class yelled "CLASS CLOWN!" So Munsch made a story about Leonardo, the class clown.

Image credits

Image credits:

From Too Much Stuff! Text copyright © 2010 by Bob Munsch Enterprises Ltd. Illustrations copyright © 2010 by Michael Martchenko. All rights reserved.

From Swamp Water. Text copyright © 2013 by Bob Munsch Enterprises Ltd. Illustrations © 2013 by Michael Martchenko. All rights reserved.

From Put Me In a Book! Text copyright © 2010 Bob Munsch Enterprises Ltd. Illustrations copyright © 2010 Michael Martchenko.