If your brain is on ice, generate some positive energy with a string of belly laughs. Break open one of Newsbee’s “Wacky Winter Winners,” and you’ll crack up faster than you can spell frozen. Reading warms the cockles of your hearts — let those cockles roar! These wacky books are guaranteed to have you agog with giggles. Enjoy!

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You won’t have to dig deep to delight in “Sam and Dave Dig a Hole,” written by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen. They’ve got the corner on creativity in a book that nearly defies description.

It begins on a Monday with two fellas named Sam and Dave ready to dig a hole to “find something spectacular.” Their trusty hound accompanies them. They dig and keep going deeper and deeper, the “spectacular” eluding them — but not their pooch. He does everything but point the way to gems that lurk in the dirt, but to no avail.

Tired and dirty, Sam and Dave take a break, and discuss changing their strategy — perhaps “we should dig in another direction,” Dave suggests. They try that, as well as other ploys, but nothing is effective until their dog takes charge and the bottom drops out.

This book will upend you, and provide massive mirth, that’s for sure.

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From A to Z and back again, there’s plenty to please in “Once Upon an Alphabet, Short Stories for All the Letters,” by upbeat, original Oliver Jeffers, one of Newsbee’s favorite author/illustrators.

This oversize volume dressed in red weds tale to letter, from A to Z. You’ll “B” intrigued by the story of a man who burns his bridge, only to realize he doesn’t have any way to get back to the other side of the chasm, after he sets the structure on fire.

“C” what happens when a cup meets her untimely fate on a slab of concrete, and be entertained to a “T” by the tale of a terrified typist whose end turns tragic.

Every character has its red-letter day in this clever book that introduces a letter and then follows up with a story using words that start with that letter.

“Ingenious” serves “I” well, relating the tale of “…an ingenious inventor who invented many ingenious things . . . like “iguanas in their natural habitat . . . incognito.”

No one writes quirky better than Jeffers.

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Fantasy and fable take to the trees in “Nuts to You,” by Lynne Rae Perkins, the adorable tale of a grove full of gray squirrels determined to change their fate, or go belly-up trying.

The book begins with a near disaster for Jed, an unsuspecting rodent ripped off by a gliding hawk. As he’s squirreled away in the hawk’s clutches, his buddies TsTs and Chai watch horror struck. Determined to find Jed they set off on a journey fraught with danger and delights.

Meanwhile Jed has his own set of challenges — deciphering the language of red squirrels who provide him with a temporary home, dealing with predators craving the very meat on his bones, and formulating a plan to stop the blades of progress that are creating a real ruckus for all in the forest.

Clever footnotes and dandy dialect will delight in this rollicking adventure that will have you appreciating your furry squirrel friends as never before.

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