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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!

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

A Funny Thing Happened at the Museum ...

By: Davide Cali
Illustrated by: Benjamin Chaud
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

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

By: Julia Donaldson
Illustrated by: Axel Scheffler
Genre: Fiction, Fairy Tales and Folk Tales
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

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

By: Tad Hills
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

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

By: Jon Scieszka
Illustrated by: Brian Biggs
Genre: Fiction, Science Fiction
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader

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.

Hocus Focus

By: James Strum
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

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

By: Ian Falconer
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

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

By: Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

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

By: Rowboat Watkins
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

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

By: Bill Martin Jr, Michael Sampson
Illustrated by: Brian Won
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

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

By: Mem Fox
Illustrated by: Judy Horacek
Genre: Fiction
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

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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