Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Our Favorite Strange Children's Books

We are not your usual family. I keep reminding myself of this little fact, but it seems there are some authors out there that get it. For no real reason, I've decided to post a list of my favorite, but odd, children's books.

1. He Came With the Couch by David Slonim
An odd little story of a family who finds the perfect sofa, with one catch.
2. When Dinosaurs Came With by Elise Broach and David Small
An afternoon of routine errands with a twist.
3. Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
How labor organizing applies to farm animals.
4. Baby Mix Me A Drink by Lisa Brown
Simple and direct, but they still don't do it.
5. Urban Babies Wear Black by Michelle Sinclair Colman and Nathalie Dion
A handbook for the hippest babies.
6. A Boy and His Bunny by Sean Bryan and Tom Murphy
How your choice of headwear should not keep you from doing much of anything.
7. Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss
A classic odd book. And a tongue twister workout to boot!
8. Don't Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late
Not sure why the pigeon must go to bed, but it does.
9. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram
Subversively odd, a sweet tale of parent/child oneupmanship.
10. What Do You Say Dear?
Etiquette for many very strange occasions. I loved it as a child, and mine love it now.

And the one I can't find for my kids:
Seals on Wheels by Dean Walley
"Green meanies roasting weenies. Meanies jump in yellow jello. They turn into yellow fellows." Really, how can you go wrong? Why is this one out of print?


Stephanie said...

Fox in Socks was the first book I ever read by myself.

So is The Pigeon. I hope you realize that Ze Pizhahn speaks with a heavy French accent; that definitely enhances the read-aloud experience.

May I also suggest:

Stop That Pickle! by Peter Armour
Tippintown: A Guided Tour by Calef Brown
Gluey: A Snail Tail by Vivian Walsh
Anything and everything by David Wiesner
Rootabaga Stories and More Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandberg
Nonsense Books by Edward Lear

Anonymous said...

Here's my addition:

Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House?

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the suggestions. Here's mine
"Goodnight Opus" by Berkely Breathed

Unapologetically Mundane said...

I found you while writing my own "Seals on Wheels" post yesterday! I remember the book so fondly from my childhood, especially the way my mom read it to me. There are several used copies on Amazon, one of which is going to be mine.

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