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I read one called "Rooftop Rocket Party" by a friend of a friend that might qualify as weird. Not your average picture book, in any case.
#31 - September 15, 2012, 01:13 PM

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"Down by the Cool of the Pool" by Tony Mitton, illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees, 2001, Orchard Books.

"Pog and the Birdies" by  Jane Simmons, 2005, Orchard Books.

"Some Dogs Do" by Jez Alborough, 2003, Walker Books.
#32 - September 15, 2012, 04:51 PM
I've Got Eyes! - Amicus Ink

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i second CECIL THE PET GLACIER - i love it, but it is truly weird. but I LOVE IT.

ARLENE SARDINE by Chris Rashka.
#33 - September 15, 2012, 07:59 PM
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I think The Wretched Stone, The Stranger, The Sweetest fig, well most books by Chris Van Allsburg, would be considered a little weird. 
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#34 - September 16, 2012, 06:02 AM

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Just read Arthur Yorink's HEY, AL--which is weird and wonderful. Fantastic illustrations by Richard Egielski, who won the Caldecott for this book.
#35 - October 01, 2012, 11:56 AM
DUCKWORTH, THE DIFFICULT CHILD (Atheneum, 2019)
INCOGNOLIO (Janx Press, 2017)
CRASHING EDEN  (Solstice, 2012)
OTTO GROWS DOWN (Sterling, 2009)

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Stinky Cheese Man by Jon Scieszka
Mr. Once-Upon-A-Time by Remy Simard
Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman

All weird & wonderful in their way.

#36 - October 01, 2012, 01:13 PM

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I think Michael Ian Black's books are all a little weird and quirky.

CHICKEN CHEEKS
PIGS ON PARADE
THE PURPLE KANGAROO
I'M BORED
#37 - October 01, 2012, 03:39 PM
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GRAVE IMAGES, Scholastic Press 2013
FOREMAN FARLEY, Grosset & Dunlap 2014

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FROG BELLY RAT BONE. Love that pb.
#38 - October 01, 2012, 03:48 PM

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FROG BELLY RAT BONE. Love that pb.

Yes, and the illustrations are outstanding.
#39 - October 01, 2012, 08:04 PM
DUCKWORTH, THE DIFFICULT CHILD (Atheneum, 2019)
INCOGNOLIO (Janx Press, 2017)
CRASHING EDEN  (Solstice, 2012)
OTTO GROWS DOWN (Sterling, 2009)

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Has anyone read, I Want my Hat Back, - I'm fairly sure it's a candlewick press book but I can't remember the author. The ending is great!
#40 - October 03, 2012, 08:20 PM

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#41 - October 04, 2012, 04:54 PM
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Crazy Travel Adventures By Debra: http://crazytraveladventures.blogspot.com/
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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
Moo Who? by Margie Palatini  :lol2
#42 - October 09, 2012, 08:31 AM

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I just read one called Thing-Thing. Definitely not your usual picture book. Most of the story takes place as a stuffed animal is falling out of a 6th floor window.
#43 - October 20, 2012, 06:20 AM
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I just read one called Thing-Thing. Definitely not your usual picture book. Most of the story takes place as a stuffed animal is falling out of a 6th floor window.

Thanks for the recommendation, Carrie! THING-THING is wonderful. Hilarious text by Cary Fagan and fabulous illustrations by Nicolas Debon. This is the most inspiring pb I've read in ages. And this is the first I've heard of Tundra Books, a Canadian publishing house.
#44 - November 02, 2012, 06:59 PM
DUCKWORTH, THE DIFFICULT CHILD (Atheneum, 2019)
INCOGNOLIO (Janx Press, 2017)
CRASHING EDEN  (Solstice, 2012)
OTTO GROWS DOWN (Sterling, 2009)

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My daughters and I loved "The Cow is Mooing Anyhow" by Laura Geringer.
#45 - November 03, 2012, 07:52 PM

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"Monsters Eat Whiny Children" by Bruce Eric Kaplan
"All My Friends Are Dead" by Avery Monsen and Jory John

and a classic:
"The Doubtful Guest" by Edward Gorey

Actually pretty much anything by Gorey or Shel Silverstein  :grin3
#46 - November 04, 2012, 12:24 AM
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Both of Alastair Reid's children's books: Ounce, Dice, Trice: http://www.amazon.com/Ounce-Dice-Trice-Alastair-Reid/dp/0810936550

and Supposing (that's weirder): http://www.amazon.com/Supposing-York-Review-Childrens-Collection/dp/1590173694/ref=pd_sim_b_4

One of my favorite picture books because it makes me laugh so much is "Chicken of the Family" by Mary Amato; it's not necessarily "weird," but  can't resist mentioning it.
#47 - November 04, 2012, 07:54 AM
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This isn't a picture book, but definitely weird:  SHOEBAG by Mary James.  (Michael, you'd love it if you haven't already read it.)

"In a nifty twist on Kafka, a la Metamorphosis , this "popular young-adult author" asks readers to imagine the revulsion a cockroach might feel at having been suddenly transmuted into a boy. She introduces Shoebag (named for his birthplace), erstwhile insect-son of Drainboard and Under The Toaster. Adopted by the Biddles (in whose house he has always been a resident, however undesirable), renamed Stuart Bagg, poor Shoebag confronts the unknown worlds of humanity and school.

I also like SPINKY SULKS and almost anything by Steig.

Also, THE ALIENS ARE COMING.
#48 - December 07, 2012, 06:21 PM
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Thanks, Ellen, I'll definitely check it out.

Another incredible and unusual picture book is THE BLACK BOOK OF COLORS by Menena Cottin & Rosana Faria.
Here's a quote from the Library School Journal:

Starred Review. Kindergarten-Grade 8—With entirely black pages and a bold white text, this is not your typical color book. Meant to be experienced with the fingers instead of the eyes, this extraordinary book allows sighted readers to experience colors the way blind people do: through the other senses. The text, in both print and Braille, presents colors through touch (yellow is "as soft as a baby chick's feathers"), taste (red "as sweet as watermelon"), smell ("green smells like grass that's just been cut"), and sound (brown "crunches…like fall leaves"). Faría's distinctive illustrations present black shapes embossed on a black background for readers to feel instead of see. One page even describes a rainbow. A guide to the Braille alphabet appears at the end of the book. Fascinating, beautifully designed, and possessing broad child appeal, this book belongs on the shelves of every school or public library committed to promoting disability awareness and accessibility. A feast for the fingers.—Kathleen Kelly MacMillan, Carroll County Public Library, MD
#49 - December 08, 2012, 07:59 AM
DUCKWORTH, THE DIFFICULT CHILD (Atheneum, 2019)
INCOGNOLIO (Janx Press, 2017)
CRASHING EDEN  (Solstice, 2012)
OTTO GROWS DOWN (Sterling, 2009)

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What a great idea! 
#50 - December 08, 2012, 12:30 PM
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