I am not sure that funny is the best word, but I don’t think irony is right either.
I like this because it reminds me of a time when children’s stories had characters with actual flaws. Now a days it’s all super peppy happy positive. I think that is particularly bad for kids who have physical and/or mental problems. Even the few stories that do include them don’t in any way deal with the alienation I think that kids with physical problems have (just based on the fact that if they are in a wheel chair and all the other kids are playing jump rope, stuff like that). Or the ‘do those other kids have to take pill every day too?’ question that I’m sure goes through a lot of their minds.
I have only seen a few children’s stories where someone is sad. I don’t mean in a funk. But depression sad.
Also where are the books and shows about kids who are constantly out shined? When you are that kid with no real special talents and everyone else is a sports star or an art prodigy.