Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Humorous Picture Books

I love reading to my children. At this stage we are mostly beyond picture books and onto juvenile chapter books and even some young adult titles. Yet occasionally I still get the opportunity to enjoy a picture book. And I vividly recall those nights that found us reading the same picture book for the umpteenth time. Several titles I have completely memorized at this point! Some my favorites are those that induce giggling. Below is a short list of laugh-out-loud picture books we still enjoy.
Cover art and descriptions from Goodreads.com.

More Bears – Kevin Nesbitt


"Once upon a time there was a story. It was a lovely story with absolutely NO BEARS in it-not a SINGLE BEAR anywhere."

"Then one day...MORE BEARS!"






Chester –  Melanie Watt


Chester is more than a picture book. It is a story told, and retold, by dueling author-illustrators. 
Melanie Watt starts out with the story of a mouse in a house. Then Melanie's cat, Chester, sends the mouse packing and proceeds to cover the pages with rewrites from his red marker, and the gloves are off. Melanie and her mouse won't take Chester's antics lying down. And Chester is obviously a creative powerhouse with confidence to spare. Where will this war of the picture-book makers lead? Is it a one-way ticket to Chesterville, or will Melanie get her mouse production off the ground?


The Stinky Cheese Man - Jon Scieszka

The entire book, with its unconventional page arrangement and eclectic, frenetic mix of text and pictures, is a spoof on the art of book design and the art of the fairy tale. The individual tales, such as The Really Ugly Duckling and Little Red Running Shorts,can be extracted for telling aloud, with great success. Another masterpiece from the team that created The True Story of the Three Little Pigs!





Parts – Tedd Arnold


First, his hairs started falling out. Then skin started peeling from his toes. Some stuffing came out of his belly button, and a piece of something gray and wet -- his brain? -- fell out his nose. Is this normal? Or is this boy coming unglued?







Watch Out! Big Bro’s Coming! – Jez Alborough

QUICK! EVERYBODY HIDE! Big Bro's coming! He's rough, he's tough, and he's REALLY, REALLY BIG... Well, he's pretty big. Okay, he's a mouse, but if you were a mouse too, well, then, he'd be BIG all right! Jez Alborough, creator of the bestselling WHERE'S MY TEDDY? and IT'S THE BEAR!, sets his newest slapstick sidesplitter in the jungle, fills it with colorful animals of every size, and givs it a surprise ending certain to send very small readers—and REALLY BIG readers, too—into fits of giggles.




Amelia Bedelia – Peggy Parish


From dressing the chicken to dusting the furniture, Amelia Bedelia does exactly what Mr. and Mrs. Rogers tell her. ...But somehow things never turn out quite right.





Skippyjon Jones - Judy Schachner


Move over, Eloise and Olivia. Make room for SkippyjonJones, a Siamese kittenboy who can't resign himself to being an ordinary cat. Having a time-out in his room, he resorts to his imagination. Taking on the superhero persona of the great Spanish sword fighter Skippito, he has the adventure of his life, and readers are invited along. Zany, wild, and over-the-top, this utterly original book truly begs to be read aloud.


Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! - Candace Fleming

The irresistible sounds in this lively story are a big part of the fun of this slapstick comedy. After many years of wishing for a garden, Mr. McGreely finally plants one and eagerly awaits his fresh vegetables. A group of naughty bunnies discovers them first, however, and the hilarity is in the many obstacles that the farmer puts up-- and the rabbits find ways around Children will gleefully join in the repetitive chorus of phrases and delight in the chase, all the way up to the surprise ending that will leave everyone feeling fine



The Monster at the End of This Book - Jon Stone


Many adults name this book as their favorite Little Golden Book. Generations of kids have interacted with lovable, furry old Grover as he begs the reader not to turn the page—for fear of a monster at the end of the book. “Oh, I am so embarrassed,” he says on the last page . . . for, of course, the monster is Grover himself! 





Now it's your turn. Share with us those the titles that have both your children and you chuckling. 

2 comments:

Tiffany said...

I love The Stinky Cheese Man! And I can't believe I forgot about Amelia Bedelia. I loved her as a kid!

Monica said...

Just ran across Chicken Cheeks and we were laughing out loud in the library. Had to check it out so we could show it everyone else.

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