Multcolib Troutdale Picks: Hilariously Weird Picture Books

11 Experiments That Failed
11 Experiments That Failed By Offill, Jenny Book - 2011 jE OFFILL 2011 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Can a live beaver be ordered through the mail?

This Is Not My Hat
This Is Not My Hat By Klassen, Jon Book - 2012 jE KLASSEN 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Another fiendishly deadpan winner from Klassen. (A literal winner - it won the 2013 Caldecott medal!)

The Baby That Roared
The Baby That Roared By Puttock, Simon Book - 2012 jE PUTTOCK 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Kids will enjoy knowing more than Mr. & Mrs. Deer - that the furry bundle that appeared on their doorstep is not a baby but a MONSTER!

Cecil the Pet Glacier
Cecil the Pet Glacier By Harvey, Matthea Book - 2012 jE HARVEY 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:A glacier is a surprisingly understated pet - especially when you have parents who play miniature ping-pong on airplanes.

Z Is for Moose
Z Is for Moose By Bingham, Kelly L. Book - 2012 jE Concept BINGHAM 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Poor Moose just wants his moment to shine! Kids who are already familiar with alphabet books will love the way this one gets turned on its head.

Chloe and the Lion
Chloe and the Lion By Barnett, Mac Book - 2012 jE BARNETT 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:The author? The illustrator? The lion? Who's in charge here??

My Rhinoceros
My Rhinoceros By Agee, Jon Book - 2011 jE AGEE 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:A boy and his large but quiet pet. Deadpan and whimsical.

I Want My Hat Back
I Want My Hat Back By Klassen, Jon Book - 2011 jE KLASSEN 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Do not mess with bear's hat.

Don't Squish the Sasquatch!
Don't Squish the Sasquatch! By Redeker, Kent Book - 2012 jE REDEKER 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:The bus gets pretty crowded with passengers like a goat-whale and an octo-rhino...

Beware of the Frog
Beware of the Frog By Bee, William Book - 2008 jE BEE 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:You think you've guessed the ending. But you haven't.

What Animals Really Like
What Animals Really Like A New Song Composed & Conducted by Mr. Herbert Timberteeth By Robinson, Fiona Book - 2011 jE ROBINSON 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Cows like to moo, kangaroos like to jump, shrimp like to...ski?

Bark, George
Bark, George By Feiffer, Jules Book - 1999 jE FEIFFER Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 47 copies

Annotation:A dog who quacks? No wonder George's mother looks so perturbed.

My Little Sister Ate One Hare
My Little Sister Ate One Hare By Grossman, Bill Book - 1996 jE GROSSMAN Available in some locations

Annotation:A funny (and somewhat disgusting) cumulative tale. You can't help chanting along with the rhymes.

Grumpy Bird
Grumpy Bird By Tankard, Jeremy Book - 2007 jE TANKARD Available in some locations

Annotation:Some mornings it's hard to shake off that grumpy mood.

Extra Yarn
Extra Yarn By Barnett, Mac Book - 2012 jE BARNETT 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 20 copies

Annotation:Knitters, learn how to defend your yarn from an evil archduke!

Children Make Terrible Pets
Children Make Terrible Pets By Brown, Peter Book - 2010 jE BROWN 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:As Lucy the bear's mother points out, children are virtually untrainable (and all they can say is "squeak").

Cuidado con la rana
Cuidado con la rana By Bee, William Book - 2008 Spanish SPANISH jE BEE 2008 Available in some locations

Annotation:Beware of the Frog: You think you've guessed the ending. But you haven't.

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There are some wonderfully strange picture books out there. Here are a few of the oddballs that tickled my funny bone!


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