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Sense of humor is a feature that distinguishes human from other living creatures through the ability to speak and the high intellectual capacity. Humor is generally defined as something that makes people laugh. The laughing elements of people vary according to their age and cognitive development. For this reason, the humorous elements that adults and children laughed differ greatly. Even humor elements that children laughed considering their cognitive development vary according to certain age stages. The children learn through humor to cope with the environment where they lived in and to adapt to that environment.The humor that we think that the children develops their imagination and creativity should be transferred to the child through the children’s literature books.Children’s literature has the functions that give sensitivity to the children and make contribution to their affective, cognitive and social development.Therefore, children’s literature books need to reflect the child’s world, make friends with the child, and find the solutions to the problems that they will face in real life.The books with these characteristics also help children to make sense of their own experiences during their reading life through the features that promote and exhilarate the intellectual development. The aim of this study is to identify the elements of humor in the Saftirik series, to reveal what children have been laughing in their certain developmental stages and to examine the books on the series in terms of humorous forms. Document review from qualitative research methods was used in this study.The data obtained from the study were analyzed using the technique “descriptive analysis”.The study used “Humorous Elements Survey Form in Illustrated Children’s Books” that was developed by Johnson (2010) as a data collection tool and adapted for Turkish by Akıncı (2015). Results of this study showed that the humorous elements at which the children had laughed according to their developmental stages mostly pertain to the third stage and that the types of humorous element found in the books relate to the situational humor. It was found that the most common type of humor in the books was the caricatured one.

Children’s literature, humor, Saftirik.

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