The fun continues with Part Deux of my favorite children’s books
A Porcupine Named Fluffy by Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger
This is actually my mother’s favorite children’s book. She’d laugh hysterically whenever she read it. See, there’s this porcupine and his parents can’t decide on a name for their prickly child and somehow, possibly not knowing the definition of the word Fluffy, see fit to name their newborn just that. Fluffy. Fluffy, seemingly possessing vast knowledge of words and meanings or maybe he just knows what Fluffy means, has this existential crisis when his image does not match his name. (Are you not laughing yet?!) Fluffy makes an unlikely friend in a happy rhino. The illustrations are HILARIOUS. And this book has the mom-reader-of-500-books-over-and-over stamp of approval.
My original title for this post was My Top Not-Quite-100 Children’s Books That you may or may not have heard of That Should Be on Your Shelf or Bought for your niece/nephew/grandchild/any child in your life or even for yourself because children’s books aren’t just for children as evidenced by my growing collection of Mo Willems’ books.
Since that was too long – Not-Quite-100 will have to do.
I’m going to try and resist putting staples on this. Goodnight Moon, The Cat in the Hat, Runaway Bunny and the like. In the countless homes-with-tots I’ve entered, these are ALWAYS there. And there are so many other books out there that are just SO good for the grownup reader that will likely memorize said book and the tiny human that will request it over and over and over again.
Without further ado and in no particular order whatsoever
Shark vs. Train by Chris Barton and Tom Lichtenheld
This book was a favorite with one of my tots. See, Shark and Train are VERY competitive and challenge the other to see who’s best at important things like, selling lemonade or being quiet in a library. But as the challenges intensify and become more and more ridiculous, they (hilariously) realize things are getting out of hand. The illustrations are so amazing and just add to the antics. Pay close attention to the last shark vs. train challenge, grownups. It’s a treat.
I’ve decided to declare Monday as Mo Monday, as in Mo Willems Monday. If you’ve been living under a rock (or don’t read children’s books as much as I do) Mo Willems is a three-time Caldecott Honor winner for three of my favorite kid classics – Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive the Bus, Knuffle Bunny and Knuffle Bunny Too.
The thought came to me as Monday is the day I take my (hopefully napping now) 2 year old tot to the library. My goal is to find a new Mo Willems book for both of us to enjoy. For the last two weeks we read I Love My New Toy featuring the adorable Elephant and Piggie, to death. It was time for that one to go back! This week’s read, pictured above, is Hooray For Amanda & Her Alligator. It features 6 and a half short stories about Amanda, her talking, stuffed alligator and the many surprises in their friendship. Willems has a flair for making his books equally enjoyable for book readers of all ages. His characters’ facial expressions and witty dialogue are two of the reasons he’s my second favorite children’s author. (Dr. Seuss is número uno.)