Books to Tickle Your Funny Bone
In my opinion, there are few things more delightful than, to hear the giggling laughter of children. My booklist this week is dedicated to those wonderful authors and illustrators who understand their inner child and share it with the world.
Murphy Meets the Treadmill by Harriet Ziefert
Nothing Like a Puffin by Sue Soltis
A narrator sets out to prove that there is nothing like a puffin but discovers that many things, including a newspaper and a helicopter, are a little bit like one and that a penguin is very much like a puffin. Young children will love following this mischievous puffin in an entertaining exercise in creative classification, and are guaranteed to start looking at everyday things in a whole new way.
The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza retold by Philemon Sturges
In this version of the traditional tale, the duck, the dog, and the cat refuse to help the Little Red Hen make a pizza but do get to participate when the time comes to eat it.
If You Give a Dog a Donut by Laura Numeroff
If you give a dog a donut, he'll ask for some apple juice to go with it. When you give him the juice, he'll drink it all up. Then, before you can say Woof . The exuberant dog who first appeared in if you give a pig a party is now the star of his very own book. Written in the irresistible style of the beloved team of Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond.
Meow said the Cow by Emma Dodd
A hilarious send-up of animal sounds! It's a noisy morning in the barnyard: roosters crowing, cows mooing, mice squeaking! And the farmer's cat has had enough. With a flick of his tail, the cat casts a spell and the barnyard is turned upside-down. The chickens are oinking, the sheep are barking, and the sheepdog can only let out a confused "Baa?" It's not long before the animals figure out who's to blame! Emma Dodd's bright, bold illustrations bring this farm full of very confused animals to life, and her hilarious rhyming text is sure to send young readers giggling (and mooing, and cock-a-doodle-dooing!).
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers.
An homage to everything tossed, thrown, and hurled in order to free a kite. When Floyd's kite gets stuck in a tree, he's determined to get it out. But how? Well, by knocking it down with his shoe, of course. But strangely enough, it too gets stuck. And the only logical course of action is to throw his other shoe. Only now it's stuck! Surely there must be something he can use to get his kite unstuck. An orangutan? A boat? His front door? Yes, yes, and yes. And that's only the beginning. Stuck is Oliver Jeffers' most absurdly funny story since The Incredible Book-Eating Boy . Childlike in concept and vibrantly illustrated as only Oliver Jeffers could, here is a picture book worth rescuing from any tree.
My Rhinoceros by Jon Agee.
Jon Agee is sure to win over a new flock of fans. The toddler set If you should ever get a rhinoceros for a pet, you're in for a surprise. It won't chase a ball. Or a stick. Or a frisbie. In fact, according to the experts, a rhinoceros does only two things: pop balloons and poke holes in kites. But don't be discouraged. As you'll discover in Jon Agee's hilarious picture book, rhinoceroses can do more, so much more--than that!
Don't Slam the Door! by Dori Chaconas
A cumulative, rhyming tale of a slamming door which wakes a cat, setting into motion an absurd chain of events and resulting in chaos.
Starring The Boss Baby as Himself! by Marla Frazee.
From the moment the baby arrived, it was obvious that he was the boss. The boss baby is used to getting his way...drinks made to order 24/7, his private jet plane, and meetings around the clock. But when his demands aren’t getting proper responses, he has to go to new lengths to achieve the attention he deserves. Two-time Caldecott Honor medalist Marla Frazee combines her signature wit and style with endearing illustrations in this clever take on one family’s very unusual new arrival.