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Silly Picture Books

Sakes Alive! a Cattle Drive

Sakes Alive! a Cattle Drive
By Wilson, Karma
Illustrator Firehammer, Karla
2005-07 - Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
0316988413 Check Our Catalog

When cows Mabel and Molly steal the farmer's car key to go for a joyride, hilarity ensues after they get behind the wheel. Full color. …More

Estelle Takes a Bath

Estelle Takes a Bath
By Esbaum, Jill
Illustrator DePalma, Mary Newell
2006-10 - Henry Holt & Company
0805077413 Check Our Catalog

A heartwarming tale of unlikely friendship Estelle is nice and cozy in her bath, but the poor shivering mouse outside in the blizzard is anything but cozy. All he wants is a chance to warm up, so he squeeeeezes himself into the toasty little house. Little does he know that Estelle hates mice--and so does her cat!
This wild, soapy romp will warm even the most mouse-hating heart.

Silly Sally

Silly Sally
By Wood, Audrey
1992-03 - Harcourt Children's Books
0152744282 Check Our Catalog

Come along with Silly Sally and her silly companions as they parade toward town in a most unusual way. Dance a jig with a pig, play leapfrog with a dog, and even sing a tune with a loon. Playful pictures and rollicking rhymes sweep listeners and readers along on Sally's journey. Full-color illustrations. …More

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing

Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing
By Barrett, Judi
Illustrator Barrett, Ron
1970-08 - Atheneum Books
0689205929 Check Our Catalog

Pictures of animals wearing clothes show why this would be a ridiculous custom for them to adopt. …More

A Boy and His Bunny

A Boy and His Bunny
By Bryan, Sean
Illustrator Murphy, Tom
2005-02 - Arcade Publishing
1559707259 Check Our Catalog

This charming, fun-filled book about a boy and his special friend--a big-eared, wet-nosed bunny on top of his head--is a humorous way to show kids that being different can be a lot of fun. Full color. …More

Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash

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Mrs. McNosh Hangs Up Her Wash
By Weeks, Sarah
Illustrator Westcott, Nadine Bernard
1998-02 - HarperFestival
0694010766 Check Our Catalog

You never know what you'll find on Mrs. McNosh's clothesline--when she gets a wrong number, she even hangs up the phone! Brimming with humorous language play, this silly rhyming tale will tickle any toddler's funny bone. …More

Snog the Frog

Snog the Frog
By Bonning, Tony
Author Beardshaw, Rosalind
2005-01 - Barron's Educational Series
0764158244 Check Our Catalog

Here's an amusing new twist on the well-known fairy tale situation in which a frog becomes a handsome prince when he is kissed by a beautiful princess. Can Snog the Frog also be transformed by a kiss? Full color. …More

He Came with the Couch

He Came with the Couch
By Slonim, David
2005-07 - Chronicle Books
0811844307 Check Our Catalog

2007-2008 Virginia Readers' Choice Award- Primary Winner

Sophie's family has found the perfect couch, but it comes with something extra that's cute and blue and sticks like glue. This zany tale of a chronic state of couch-potatoness will tickle the funny bones of young readers. Full color. …More

Never Tease a Weasel

Never Tease a Weasel
By Soule, Jean Conder
Illustrator Booth, George
2007-03 - Random House Books for Young Readers
0375934200 Check Our Catalog

A funny, finger-wagging rhyme with some very good advice: never tease a weasel, because teasing isn't nice! Rather, kids should do "nice "things for animals, such as bake a drake a cake, or give a mule a pool, and much more. Long out of print, this new edition of "Never Tease a Weasel "with art by the great "New Yorker "cartoonist George Booth will surely please a weasel, and everyone else who reads it!

"From the Hardcover edition." …More

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type

Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type
By Cronin, Doreen
Illustrator Lewin, Betsy
2006-01 - Spotlight
1599610884 Check Our Catalog


Diary of a Worm

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Diary of a Worm
By Cronin, Doreen
Illustrator Bliss, Harry
2003-09 - HarperCollins
0060001518 Check Our Catalog

CCBC Choices - 2004
This is the diary . . . of a worm. Surprisingly, a worm not that different from you or me. Except he eats his homework. Oh, and his head looks a lot like his rear end.

Doreen Cronin, the "New York Times best-selling author of "CLICK, CLACK, MOO and "GIGGLE, GIGGLE, QUACK, teams up with illustrator Harry Bliss for this hysterical journal about the daily doings and the hidden world of a lovable underground dweller. …More

Mabel O'Leary Put Peas in Her Ear-Y

Mabel O'Leary Put Peas in Her Ear-Y
By Delaney, Mary G.
Illustrator Couri, Kathy
2006-02 - Little Brown and Company
0316135062 Check Our Catalog

This hilarious rhyming story about what a little girl does when she doesn't want to eat her vegetables features playful illustrations that will have young readers laughing and cheering for more. Full color. …More

Baa for Beginners

Baa for Beginners
By Fajerman, Deborah
2005-01 - Barron's Educational Series
0764130951 Check Our Catalog

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Have you ever wondered what our wooly friends are saying, and wished you could join in?

Then Baa For Beginners is the book for you!

Learn the near baa and the far baa, the shivery and the wobbly baa. Discover how your baa sounds when it's dark as night, and how it sounds when the sun is bright . . .

Deborah Fajerman follows the highly acclaimed How to Speak Moo! with another indispensable phrase book that will have you ready for your Baa exams in no time! …More

Bark, George

Bark, George
By Feiffer, Jules
Illustrator Feiffer, Jules
1999-09 - HarperCollins
0062051865 Check Our Catalog

""Bark, George,"" says George's mother, and George goes: ""Meow,"" which definitely isn't right, because George is a dog.

And so is his mother, who repeats, ""Bark, George."" And George goes, ""Quack, quack.""

What's going on with George? Find out in this hilarious new picture book from Jules Feiffer. …More

Very Boring Alligator

Very Boring Alligator
By Gralley, Jean
Illustrator Gralley, Jean
2001-09 - Henry Holt & Company
0805063285 Check Our Catalog

"Very Boring Alligator came one day to play, but stay stay stayed, and he wouldn't go away!" Gralley's offbeat sense of humor and wonderfully animated illustrations turn an awkward social situation into a very entertaining tale. Full color. …More

Chickens to the Rescue

Chickens to the Rescue
By Himmelman, John
Illustrator Himmelman, John
2006-10 - Henry Holt & Company
0805079513 Check Our Catalog

Meet the most heroic chickens in town! "On Monday, Farmer Greenstalk dropped his watch down the well. . . .
On Tuesday, Mrs. Greenstalk was too tired to make dinner. . . ." Who will help the poor Greenstalk family? Chickens to the rescue! The amazing chickens on the Greenstalk farm race to help various family members and farm animals every day of the week. Every day until Sunday, that is, when Emily Greenstalk has a little trouble . . . John Himmelman's expressive illustrations are filled with the kind of hilarious details that will delight young readers.

One More Sheep

One More Sheep
By Kelly, Mij
Illustrator Ayto, Russell
2006-09 - Peachtree Publishers
1561453781 Check Our Catalog

This imaginative, funny counting book told in rhyme will delight young readers with its silly, offbeat storyline and amusing cast of characters. …More

Aunt Lucy Went to Buy a Hat

Aunt Lucy Went to Buy a Hat
By Low, Alice
Illustrator Huliska-Beith, Laura
2004-02 - HarperCollins Publishers
0060089717 Check Our Catalog

A bestselling "New York Times" author pens a cumulative rhyme with catchy repetition, clever wordplay, and memorable characters who chase down Aunt Lucy's missing hat. Full color. …More

Ruthie Bon Bair: Do Not Go to Bed with Wringing Wet Hair!

Ruthie Bon Bair: Do Not Go to Bed with Wringing Wet Hair!
By Lubner, Susan Emple
Illustrator Whatley, Bruce
2006-08 - ABRAMS
0810954702 Check Our Catalog

A bad hairday like no other!
In the middle of winter, in a tucked-away town,
Where the snow never seemed to stop coming down,
In a mountain-sized house, the color of sky,
Lived a girl with thick hair that took too long to dry.
So begins this delightfully irreverent tale, written in the tradition of Dr. Seuss. When a spirited little girl named Ruthie Bon Bair refuses to dry her wet hair before bedtime, she is plagued by an unusual host of difficulties -- plants and flowers and other outrageous items begin to sprout from her scalp! As her condition escalates, Ruthie and friends attempt to control the growing vegetation in her hair, but not without some surprising, and hilarious, results. . . .

Martha Speaks

Martha Speaks
By Meddaugh, Susan
2001-01 - Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval
0613035585 Check Our Catalog

Problems arise when Martha, the family dog, learns to speak after eating alphabet soup. …More

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
By Willems, Mo
2003-04 - Hyperion Books for Children
078681988X Check Our Catalog

2005 Kentucky Bluegrass Award - Grades K-2
In this hilarious picture book debut, the popular cartoonist ("Sesame Street, Sheep in the City") perfectly captures a preschooler's temper tantrum in the guise of a pigeon who pleads, wheedles, and begs his way through the story. Full color. (Baby-Preschool)

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? [With Poster]

Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? [With Poster]
By Agee, Jon
2006-09 - Dial Books
0803730942 Check Our Catalog

Award-winning artists all have their own wacky and downright hilarious ideas about why that chicken really did cross the road. Includes a free poster. Full color. Consumable. …More

Irving and Muktuk: Two Bad Bears

Irving and Muktuk: Two Bad Bears
By Pinkwater, Daniel Manus
Illustrator Pinkwater, Jill
2001-09 - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)
0618093346 Check Our Catalog

CCBC Choices - 2002
Officer Bunny must keep on his toes to keep two muffin-pilferers--Irving and Muktuk--from stealing muffins at Yellowtooth's annual Blueberry Muffin Festival. Full color.

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