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Title: Looking for Recommendations on 'Self-aware' Picture Books
Post by: steve-newberry on October 30, 2017, 07:47 AM
Not sure if this kind of category has a name, but I've always been a fan of 'self-aware' or 'breaking the 4th wall' kind of kids books.  Books that talk about - or have their characters talk about - being a book.  Melanie Watt's Chester books and Kenn Nesbitt's More Bears! are good examples of this.  But I want more! Anyone have any good suggestions? 
Title: Re: Looking for Recommendations on 'Self-aware' Picture Books
Post by: Teresa Writes! on October 30, 2017, 09:09 AM
Would the second person "advice" books count? My first thought was about The Beginner's Guide to Running Away, but the more popular Dragons Love Tacos falls into this category. That may not be quite what you're looking for, but these books present themselves as advice to a reader in a way that highlights that there's an audience reading the book.  (There's always an audience, but the book doesn't always talk directly to that audience.)

And, of course, the classic The Monster at the End of This Book, which is still ridiculously fun to read to a young child.
Title: Re: Looking for Recommendations on 'Self-aware' Picture Books
Post by: F. S. Poesy on October 30, 2017, 09:52 AM
Josh Funk's "It's Not Jack and the Beanstalk" is a good one. As is "I Thought This Was A Bear Book" by Tara Lazar. Also two books by Adam Lehrhaupt entitled "Warning! Do Not Open This Book" and "Please Open This Book".
Title: Re: Looking for Recommendations on 'Self-aware' Picture Books
Post by: Anne Marie on October 30, 2017, 11:19 AM
The term you're looking for is "metafiction."

AM

Title: Re: Looking for Recommendations on 'Self-aware' Picture Books
Post by: lisa-katzenberger on October 30, 2017, 12:05 PM
Also Snappsy the Alligator Did Not Ask to Be in this Book (and its sequel).
Title: Re: Looking for Recommendations on 'Self-aware' Picture Books
Post by: F. S. Poesy on October 30, 2017, 02:58 PM
Also Snappsy the Alligator Did Not Ask to Be in this Book (and its sequel).

Oh, yes! That's a good one, and thanks for reminding me to reserve a copy of the latest Snappsy book from my library!
Title: Re: Looking for Recommendations on 'Self-aware' Picture Books
Post by: Debbie Vilardi on October 30, 2017, 07:56 PM
The Book with No Pictures comes to mind. And an old one I love is No Laughing, No Smiling, No Giggling by James Stevensen.
Title: Re: Looking for Recommendations on 'Self-aware' Picture Books
Post by: June Smalls on October 31, 2017, 06:10 AM
The Monster at the End of This Book is good Meta Fiction.
There is an Elephant and Piggie that I think is We Are In A Book. They have fun making the reader say "Banana" :-)
Title: Re: Looking for Recommendations on 'Self-aware' Picture Books
Post by: Vijaya on October 31, 2017, 06:34 AM
And here's a lesson, with examples, on writing these kinds of books by Darcy Pattison that I think you'll enjoy because I assume you want to write your own: http://www.darcypattison.com/picture-books/metafiction/
Title: Re: Looking for Recommendations on 'Self-aware' Picture Books
Post by: Melissa K on October 31, 2017, 10:18 AM
David Wiesner's THE THREE PIGS and Herve Tullet's PRESS HERE are both metafiction and a bit different than the others on this list.

Title: Re: Looking for Recommendations on 'Self-aware' Picture Books
Post by: hairaplenty on November 01, 2017, 06:06 AM
Mo Willums, We are in a Book.   :goldstar
Title: Re: Looking for Recommendations on 'Self-aware' Picture Books
Post by: steve-newberry on November 01, 2017, 06:09 PM
Thanks for the suggestions everyone... I have the beginnings of a new metafiction reading list!