Part of the baby preparation that Mike and I are doing right now involves amassing a great children’s books collection. As an illustrator, Mike has collected a variety of samples of books with great illustrations. As for myself, I’ve collected a couple books that require a slightly mature sense of humor. Here are a couple of my books that I came across yesterday that I’d love to share with you.
Squids Will Be Squids is a fantastic book that, as advertised, shares fresh morals and beastly fables. Think Aesop with a twist.
Uncle Shelby’s ABZ Book is a classic. If you haven’t seen this side of Shel Silverstein, run out and buy this book immediately. And then hide it from your children. Set up to be a children’s book, every page is intended to inspire children with naughtiness and mischief. I don’t know how long I’ll wait before I let my kids read this… Considering that G is for gigolo (with a picture of a piccolo), I may have to decide how old I want them to be before I have to explain the real meaning of gigolo to them…
And onto a much tamer note, Monkie is a book that my aunt sent in a care package for the baby this week. She lived in the Netherlands for a few years and found this gem there. It is a book written for the world. In other words, there are no words. The story of a boy losing his stuffed monkey is told only in pictures. And believe me—the pictures do a great job. I cried when I first “read” it. This book is great because it allows children to use their imaginations to tell the story. It’s a story that may change slightly with each telling.