by Nina Victor Crittenden

Are you a fan of puns? I sure am! I grew up in a really punny family so puns have always been one of my favorite things. Puns are a fun way to play with words and a terrific way for kids to develop a love of language.

Tara Lazar’s 7 Ate 9 (illustrated by Ross MacDonald) is an excellent example of fabulous punning for a number of reasons (and you can always count on it for a laugh).

Chicken Lily, written by Lori Mortensen, is full of clever chicken puns. The main character is a chicken who is too chicken to read a poem onstage at school.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving was the inspiration for this promotional postcard that I made back in 2011:

I even put a pun in The Three Little Pugs (a group of pugs is called a grumble):

Let’s pick a random topic and get started:


You don’t need to havarti supplies, just a pencil and paper will do. Immerse yourself in the subject and don’t let anything get pasteurize. Milk it for all it’s worth. Where there’s a will, there’s a whey. Get ready for some brie-lliant ideas to start rolling in. Have fun and be silly, before you know it you could have a pile of…

Thank you, Tara! Have a punderful day, everyone!

Nina Victor Crittenden is an artist, certified veterinary technician, scarf knitter, and tea drinker. She works traditionally using ink and watercolor on hot pressed paper. Nina is the illustrator of Cedric and the Dragon and Chicken Lily, and is the author/illustrator of The Three Little Pugs. She lives in the land of 10,000 lakes with her husband, daughters, guinea pig, bunnies, fish, and two little pugs.

Visit her at or follow her on Twitter @NVCrittenden and Instagram @nvcrittenden.



Nina is giving away one copy of Chicken Lily and one copy of The Three Little Pugs. There will be two winners of one book each.

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