One of my favorite funny authors is Gerald Durrell. Many people are familiar with his classic, My Family and Other Animals, and its telling of his eccentric family's sojourn on the island of Corfu. But there's a whole series of hilarity to follow, as Durrell grows up and follows his dream of becoming a zookeeper, first as an assistant, then as an animal collector for zoos, and finally in his own zoo.
Durrell's books perfectly capture the insanity of foreign travel, cultural differences, and trying to explain to bewildered government and shipping officials exactly what it is he's doing with all those weird animals....
Through all his adventures, exhausting, stressful, and dangerous, Durrell maintains an exuberant interest and curiosity not only in the personalities and lives of the many animals he encounters, but also in the local people. Hilarious anecdotes of traveling mishaps, miscommunications, local bureacracies, and animal antics are interspersed with a real concern for the welfare not only of animals but also of the coexisting humans.
Verdict: If you like animals, travel stories, and lots of laughs, you'll enjoy Gerald Durrell! A recommended family read-aloud!
Many of Durrell's works have been reprinted and used copies are also easy to find. My large collection was put together through Bookmooch and Half Price Books