Saturday, November 12, 2011

Top ten funny books with pictures

Liz Pichon is an award-winning children's book author and illustrator. Her illustrations for Twilight Verses and Moonlight Rhymes won a National Parenting Association Award. Her first illustrated story for older readers, The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, won the 2011 Roald Dahl funny prize. Pichon has also written and illustrated Square Eyed Pat and My Big Brother Boris, a Smarties Book Prize Silver Award-winner. Other recent titles include Penguins, The Very Ugly Bug, Bored Bill and A Tale of Two Kitties.

At the Guardian, she named a top ten list of funny books with pictures.

One title on the list:
The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smit

These are traditional fairytales with quirky slightly dark twists. The brilliantly combined text and illustrations use all the pages of the book in wonderfully imaginative ways. The whole feel of the book is slightly weird and unexpected, with lots of details and odd-looking characters throughout. The Very Ugly Duckling that just grows up to be….a very ugly duck, made me laugh out loud when I first turned the page.
Read about the other books on the list.

The Stinky Cheese Man also appears on James Patterson's list of the best children's books.

--Marshal Zeringue