Books by Theme
Go on a rollicking ride with a small, gray elephant with a big imagination (and no pants), your old friend Olivia (now embroiled in espionage), the young inventor Frank Einstein (and his invention the “evoblaster”) and more delightful characters in these picture books. Every young reader deserves something just for fun — so jump into these recommended books with a smile!
A Funny Thing Happened at the Museum ...
The narrator describes a very different visit to the museum after the class returns to school. Were the Neanderthals really alive; did he truly rearrange the dinosaur; could it all have been a figment of his imagination? Energetic illustrations and understated narration create the comedy in this truly unique and highly inventive adventure.
A Squash and a Squeeze
A little old lady complains to a wise old man that her house is “a squash and a squeeze.” She follows his advice is to bring her hen, pig, goat, and cow into her cozy abode with chaotic results. When the animals leave, however, the house becomes incredibly spacious! Humor abounds in rhyme and comic illustrations in this fresh take on an old tale.
Duck & Goose Go to the Beach
Duck is inspired to take a trip as he and Goose relax in their beautiful meadow. The duo walks to a beach where they meet the locals, explore tide pools, and build a sandcastle before returning home. The feathered friends’ simple adventure exudes gentle humor and warmth in text and illustration.
Frank Einstein and the EvoBlaster Belt
Young inventor, Frank Einstein and his friend Watson along with his walking, talking robots Klink and Klank, are back. This time, Frank has invented the ‘evoblaster’ which allows the user to evolve into other forms and then back again. Real science combines with laugh-out-loud humor in the latest installment.
The impatient young knight is tired of peeling the wizard’s turnips even if they are crucial to the magical mixture. When the wizard is away, the knight decides to create her first enchanted potion but accidentally turns the horse, Edward, into a ravenous, monstrous worm! The comic book format moves the wacky saga along to its equally silly conclusion.
Olivia the Spy
When does eavesdropping become espionage? When it's being done by Olivia the pig, of course! Olivia misinterprets what she overhears her parents discussing providing readers with another engaging, humorous romp. Signature illustrations capture Olivia’s antics and expressions.
Owl Bat Bat Owl
An owl with three babies sleeps atop a branch when and three young bats with their grownup latch on the bottom. Simple lines convey the concern of both families, until a wind storm brings them together. Expressive illustrations are used to develop the drama and wit in this appealing wordless tale.
Pete With No Pants
Pete is a small, gray elephant with a big imagination who likes knock-knock jokes. Leaving his pants on a nearby tree, he becomes a boulder, then attempts to be a squirrel ... until his pants-bearing mother takes him home until the next day. Textured, lightly colored illustrations and tiny written asides make this a relatable but comical adventure.
Spunky Little Monkey
When a concerned Mama calls the doctor about her sleepy little monkey, the doctor prescribed rhythmic movement from head to toe! Rhyming, rhythmic language describe lively activities demonstrated by a colorful little monkey who claps, stomps, shakes, and more in this engaging, playful jaunt.
This & That
A young mouse’s bed is used to launch an imaginative trip to exotic places with a bit of this and a dash of that shared by the grownup rodent. Simple, colorful illustrations depict the silly adventures that culminate with a kiss goodnight.
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