Eight Picture Books with Monsters

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My Teacher is a Monster!

Peter Brown’s My Teacher is a Monster! (No I’m Not) is hilarious AND kindhearted. Bobby is SURE his teacher, Ms. Kirby, is a monster. He has evidence and everything. While having some fun at the park, Bobby ran into his teacher! Oh no! This is gonna be terrible. Bobby is polite and says hello to Ms. Kirby. As they spend some time together, Bobby starts to feel different about his teacher. Wink wink:)

The NOT So Quiet Library

It seems to me, that in every library kids section it is not so quiet. The Not So Quiet Library by Zachariah Ohora has a bigger problem than noisy kids though… it has a noisy MONSTER! With FIVE heads! And they think they’re in a restaurant! But books are not food, they don’t taste good, no matter how many sprinkles you put on them. Bob, Seymour, Winston, Pat and Chuck are upset! ROAR! What ever can be done to save Oskar, and Theodore, and the books, and the quiet, and the library? SO funny, SO good, SO cute!

The Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster

“Little Puppy and the Big Green Monster” by Mike Wohnoutka Oh my goodness this is SO funny and cute. Big Green Monster might be my spirit animal and the Little Puppy is very much like every little kiddo ever. Play with me! Play with me!  Play with me now! Big Green Monster has zero patience. Until, well, Little Puppy does look kinda cute. It is endearing that such a monster would end up loving such a teensy little guy:)

Ginny Goblin Is Not Allowed to Open This Box

Ginny Goblin is Not Allowed to Open This Box by David Goodner, illustrated by Louis Thomas, is super funny and cute. First of all, I want to open the book as badly as Ginny wants to open the box! Look how adorable Ginny is! And the all the trouble she goes to to open the box! Hahaha. Waiting patiently is not my thing either. This is a great, silly, sweet book:) And Goblin’s count as monsters, right?

Monsters vs. Kittens

Monsters vs. Kittens by Dani Jones. Clearly, Monsters and Kittens are being compared in this book. The pros and cons of a monster’s features weighed against the same for the kittens. The monsters are perfectly monstrous but SO adorable. I think I could cuddle them as much as the kittens! I’m pretty sure monsters win:) But I am biased. Monster season is my favorite.

The Fun Book of Scary Stuff

The Fun Book of Scary Stuff by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Hyewon Yum, is a blast! I LOVE the sarcastic dog. Yes, sarcastic (and actually sometimes quite sensible) dog. SO funny. With a trusty buddy by your side, you always have someone hug when there is a monster. There are some scary things in here for sure, but there is always a reassuring dog comment:) uunnttiill… the darkness comes! That is REALLY scary!

Mother Ghost Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters

Mother Ghost Nursery Rhymes for Little Monsters by Rachel Kolar, illustrated by Roland Garrigue. Mostly ghostly, sweet and scary. Found a loop-hole to include ghosts and jack-o-lanterns in the list because little monsters will enjoy reading these. Fun little rhymes, with the beat you remember but are all about the spooky season. I love the happy little ghosts and chubby owls!

Short Stories for Little Monsters

Short Stories for Little Monsters by Marie-Louise Gay made me laugh! Short little trips into funny-land with every turn of the page. What do trees talk about? What games to cats play? Is your brother lying about the shark in the water? Can your mother see through the ceiling? Hilarious! The colorful illustrations are loose and playful. Just like the stories:) The least scary spooky of the list, but just right for little, little monsters.

A Dozen Hilarious Picture Books

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You Don't Want a Unicorn!

Who wants a unicorn? I do! I do! I want I want I want. And I want this book on my shelf. You Don't Want a Unicorn! By Ame Dyckman, illustrated by Liz Climo tries to change my mind, buuut, I still want one:) In this book, the sequence of horrible happenings as a result of a wish for a unicorn is, I think pretty realistic, and SO funny. I didn't know unicorns poop cupcakes. I didn't know unicorns want more unicorn friends! Awesome! Gimme a legwarmer-rocking-orange-fro unicorn!

Baabwaa & Wooliam

Baabwaa & Wooliam by David Elliott, illustrated by Melissa Sweet, is SUPER funny and SUPER cute. Being regular everyday sheep, that do regular everyday sheepy things, Baabwaa & Wooliam decide they need an adventure. Soon they find that means a lot of walking, perhaps eating a snack, and maybe being approached by another sheep. Aaaugh! That's not a sheep! You have to see what happens next!

Douglas, You Need Glasses!

Douglas, You Need Glasses! by Ged Adamson is SO colorful. SO funny! SO cute. Douglas has always had trouble seeing. But it gets bad. Really bad. He ends up causing a bit of trouble by mistaken identity. (Hilarious trouble) So, Nancy takes him to see the eye doctor. He finds some rockin’ glasses, and everything becomes clear. 🙂 Love this energetic little guy. You fall in love with Douglas right away.

Never Insult a Killer Zucchini!

Never Insult a Killer Zucchini! By Elana Azose & Brandon Amancio, illustrated by David Clark, is THE BEST! Best, best, best! It is an abecedarian (story told in the order of the alphabet) of a science fair. Killer Zucchini, at first, really-really likes the science teacher because he says zucchini is his favorite, but that is before Killer Zucchini realizes that is because the teacher finds zucchini delicious! To eat! Oh no! Killer Zucchini tries so hard to grab the teacher at every turn.

I Will Not Eat You

I Will Not Eat You by Adam Lehrhaupt and Scott Magoon gave me a fun surprise! I thought for sure those glowy red eyes would stay in that dark cave:) Then, those eyes get pretty sure they're gonna eat that obnoxious kid. Yup, pretty sure. What the beastly eyes are attached to comes out and gives chase! And... and... I won't blow it, but it's awesome! The illustrations being wild and raw make it even more perfect.

Alan's Big, Scary Teeth

Alan’s Big, Scary Teeth by Jarvis made me laugh out loud! Of course Alan has his morning routine. Before he can go out and be scary he has to brush his teeth and practice in the mirror. After a big day of scaring the jungle-folk he goes to bed. And so do his big, scary, razor-sharp teeth! No one knows about his false teeth. He says “Thweet dreams, my theary thnappers.” As he tucks them in! SO funny! Then, then! I can’t even tell you. It gets even funnier! Super read.

School's First Day of School

School's First Day of School by Adam Rex, pictures by Christian Robinson. Super funny! The school is just as worried about its first day as you'd expect a new kiddo to be. School is pretty sure it won't like being full of kids. It gets funny when the school decides to try and get the kids to go away. School squirts a kid at the water bubbler, who acted rotten on the playground, but then feels bad about it afterward. I was rolling when School squirted that kid. OMG

Almost Everybody Farts

Almost Everybody Farts by Marty Kelley is HILARIOUS! I was laughing out loud. It's just great. The illustrations are beyond funny. Yes, even rabbits fart, I know, I have a rabbit. Oh man, this was a much needed laugh. Thanks so much Marty Kelley.

Read the Book Lemmings!

Ame Dyckman did it again! Read the Book, Lemmings! is HILARIOUS. I can hear their cute little lemming voices as they say “ME TOO!” & “DITTO!” and then they jump! Thank goodness the fox is patient enough to keep pulling the lemmings out of the water or they’d drown. Hahaha! Fox is a hero:) Those lemmings man... I think the ADORABLE illustrations by Zachariah OHora are a perfect paring. So cute, and round, and bouncy, and eager looking. Too cute. (If you look close, you’ll see the ship they are on is a whale!) This book is great. Just GREAT.

There's a Giraffe in My Soup

There's a Giraffe in My Soup by Ross Burach is SO amazingly funny. First, how can you go wrong when it begins with a little guy on a Big Wheel? Classic. Then, when the soup keeps arriving with zoo animals in it, I am laughing out loud. Hahahaha! The text is just as animated at the characters too. Loved it!

Secret Pizza Party

From the Dragons Love Tacos team... Secret Pizza Party by Adam Rubin, Illustrated by Daniel Salmieri is REALLY funny! This racoon REALLY REALLY wants pizza. He wears a disguise, he tries to get the pizza and he just gets a broom shoved at him. The narrator helps the racoon devise a plan to get the pizza. SECRET Pizza.

Nothing Rhymes with Orange

Adam Rex doesn't disappoint! Nothing Rhymes with Orange. At first I didn't think I'd like it to be honest. Having Orange feel so horrible would make me feel horrible right? Well... the narrator becomes so ridiculous that I was agreeing with Orange! I thought it went off the rails with Friedrich Nietzsche but then pear gets lost at night. Just silly nonsense the whole way through.