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Am looking for quirky, or weird picture books to read.   :crazy

So what are some of your favorites? (am totally open to your interpretation of "weird")

Thank you if you respond!

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#1 - September 13, 2012, 06:54 AM

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Company's Coming, by Al Yorinks, ill. by David Small! There's a sequel, too--Company's Going, I think it's called. The first one has a logical point, true (just because someone's different doesn't mean they're sinister)--but it's just told in a very funny way.

Another one I like is Baker Cat, by Posy Simmonds, but it's more...I dunno, scary? than just weird. Sort of graphic novel format, hard to read aloud in a classroom, but perfect for one kid and a parent. The thing about it is that the baker and wife are some seriously scary real-life bad guys--meaner than I'm used to seeing in a pb, and there have been a couple of kids I've read it to where...maybe I shouldn't have.

A long time ago I remember someone bringing up a pb here where the frog eats his one true love (a fly?) or something. Maybe someone here remembers that one?
#2 - September 13, 2012, 06:58 AM

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Jon Scieszka's BALONEY (Henry P.) is really cute and quirky. Or really, almost anything by him.

Also ART & MAX by David Weisner.
#3 - September 13, 2012, 08:08 AM
THIS LITTLE PIGGY (AN OWNER'S MANUAL), Aladdin PIX June 2017 :pigsnort
KUNG POW CHICKEN 1-4, Scholastic 2014 :chicken

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I was going to say Jon Scieszka's Squids Will Be Squids, but not sure it's truly a pb... maybe? If not, maybe Cowboy and Octopus - we LOVE that in our house. We love weird books. ;)
I Want My Hat Back is kinda weird, too... ;)
#4 - September 13, 2012, 09:27 AM
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"Quirky" and "weird" do seem to be the PB buzzwords du jour, don't they? Some of my recent faves are Zombie in Love, Jon Agee's books, When Dinosaurs Came with Everything, Avalanche, Earth to Clunk, Princess Hyacinth, and perhaps one of the grandfathers of quirky PBs, Rain Makes Applesauce.
#5 - September 13, 2012, 10:17 AM
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The Miami Giant, by Sendak and Yorkins. It's not new, but it is weird.
#6 - September 13, 2012, 10:52 AM
THE VOICE OF THUNDER, WiDo Publishing
THERE'S A TURKEY AT THE DOOR, Hometown520

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Scaredy Squirrel
I Want My Hat Back
You Will Be My Friend!
#7 - September 13, 2012, 11:06 AM

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Love Scaredy Squirrel! Love Chester the Cat, too, also by Melanie Watt.
#8 - September 13, 2012, 11:22 AM
THIS LITTLE PIGGY (AN OWNER'S MANUAL), Aladdin PIX June 2017 :pigsnort
KUNG POW CHICKEN 1-4, Scholastic 2014 :chicken

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"Have You Ever Seen a Sneep"
"He Came with the Couch"
"Ducks Don't Wear Socks"
"Squid & Octopus: Friends for Always"

And not super weird, but adorably different, my new fav: "Dangerously Ever After".
#9 - September 13, 2012, 04:14 PM

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Spoon
Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs
The Best Ever Bear Book

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#10 - September 13, 2012, 04:37 PM
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Frankenstein Makes A Sandwich - Adam Rex, though it might not fit in the category of your conventional PB.
#11 - September 13, 2012, 05:28 PM

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Anything by William Steig. I was going to mention an Al Yorinks book, too, forget the title. It's about a fruit vendor who becomes invisible. So maybe anything by Al Yorinks, too.
#12 - September 13, 2012, 06:00 PM
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DOZENS OF DOUGHNUTS - Putnam (July, 2020)
DON'T HUG DOUG (Spring, 2021)

I love anything quirky! Here are a few of my quirky faves:

"Arnie, the Doughnut" , "Extra Yarn",  "The Cow That Laid an Egg", "Beauty and the Beaks: A Turkey's Cautionary Tale", "Giant Jam Sandwich", "Chicken Dance", "Zombie in Love", "Stop That Pickle!", "Bark, George", "Bubble Trouble", "Interrupting Chicken"...

Oh, and I love "Spoon" too! And "Ducks Don't Wear Socks".

Also, "Duck on a Bike" by David Shannon.

Some of these are "weird" and some are just humorous with a wacky or sassy tone.

#13 - September 13, 2012, 06:40 PM
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NED THE KNITTING PIRATE, GRIMELDA series,
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"The Shrinking of Treehorn" by Florence Parry Heide & Edward Gorey.

"Doctor DeSoto" and "Spinky Sulks" by William Steig.

"The Red Book" by Barbara Lehman

#14 - September 13, 2012, 08:13 PM
DUCKWORTH, THE DIFFICULT CHILD (Atheneum, 2019)
INCOGNOLIO (Janx Press, 2017)
CRASHING EDEN  (Solstice, 2012)
OTTO GROWS DOWN (Sterling, 2009)

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CECIL THE PET GLACIER is a bit different. Also, BENNY'S BRIGADE could fit the weird/quirky list. And what about David Wiesner's TUESDAY, FLOTSAM, and SECTOR 7.
#15 - September 13, 2012, 09:02 PM
BACKHOE JOE, HarperCollins, 2014
FAMOUSLY PHOEBE, Sterling, 2017
ALL IN A DROP, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019

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THE BOOK THAT EATS PEOPLE by John Perry

It's weirdly (and humorously) dark.
#16 - September 14, 2012, 06:19 AM
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Is SPOON considered weird? I love it but I wouldn't class it as weird. As DianaM said it's maybe more wacky with a humorous tone... anyway, I digress.

BEWARE THE FROG by William Bee is definitely weird, but sheer genius in my opinion.
#17 - September 14, 2012, 06:33 AM

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BEWARE THE FROG is a great one. Love that book!

How about Sean Bryan's series that starts with A BOY AND HIS BUNNY about the kid who has a bunny on his head. In the sequel, A GIRL AND HER GATOR, a girl has an alligator in her hair. The third book is a BEAR AND HIS BOY. Weird and very funny.

Also, DAYDREAMS OF A SOLITARY HAMSTER by Astrid Desbordes might qualify. It's kind of surreal and thinky.
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I guess I call it weird because...well...it's about a spoon. But you're right that the storyline is not particularly weird. Just the set up.
#19 - September 14, 2012, 07:53 AM
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Is SPOON considered weird? I love it but I wouldn't class it as weird. As DianaM said it's maybe more wacky with a humorous tone... anyway, I digress.

I think SPOON is weird simply because it's about an inanimate object. That makes it kind of weird to me.

But then a book like SCAREDY SQUIRREL doesn't seem weird at all to me. It IS very, very funny, however.

I guess there are lots of ways to interpret "weird". Especially if you include the adjective "quirky".

Hmmm. There are probably some titles on my list that don't really, truly qualify as "weird".
#20 - September 14, 2012, 07:56 AM
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I've been researching YA and MG more than PB lately, but hearkening back to my days as the Storytime coordinator for our local library (Best. First. Job. EVER.) the kids and I couldn't get enough of these ...

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, or The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, by John Scieszka. (Oldies but goodies.)

Oh! by Joss Goffin (the preschoolers LOVED that there were no words and they could "tell" the story with me .. not really "weird" as in strange/gross, but "weird" as in fantastic and unusual)

Also, I completely agree with the suggestion of I Want My Hat Back. Showed it to my 30 year-old husband a month or so ago and he loved it. (His sense of humor is a bit on the "weird" side, lol.)

Hmmm ... when I was a kid I was obsessed with Bill Peet books.

Not sure I'm thinking "weird" enough ... but hope this helps!

#21 - September 14, 2012, 08:10 AM
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I think SPOON is weird simply because it's about an inanimate object. That makes it kind of weird to me.

But then a book like SCAREDY SQUIRREL doesn't seem weird at all to me. It IS very, very funny, however.

I guess there are lots of ways to interpret "weird". Especially if you include the adjective "quirky".

Hmmm. There are probably some titles on my list that don't really, truly qualify as "weird".

Yeah, I think 'weird' almost has a negative connotation in my mind. I've been reading a lot of Spanish-language PBs lately (as in originated in a Spanish-speaking country) and those truly are weird, as in totally off-the-wall wacky. The kind of weird that makes you go, "Huh?" when you get to the last page. I'm pretty sure that's not what US editors are after though!

So, er, just ignore me.
#22 - September 14, 2012, 09:39 AM

I love "The Roly Poly Spider" by Jill Sardegna and "The Grey Lady and the Strawberry Snatcher" by Mem Fox.
#23 - September 14, 2012, 10:04 AM
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    I think SPOON is weird simply because it's about an inanimate object. That makes it kind of weird to me.

    But then a book like SCAREDY SQUIRREL doesn't seem weird at all to me. It IS very, very funny, however.

    I guess there are lots of ways to interpret "weird". Especially if you include the adjective "quirky".

    Hmmm. There are probably some titles on my list that don't really, truly qualify as "weird".


Yeah, I think 'weird' almost has a negative connotation in my mind. I've been reading a lot of Spanish-language PBs lately (as in originated in a Spanish-speaking country) and those truly are weird, as in totally off-the-wall wacky. The kind of weird that makes you go, "Huh?" when you get to the last page. I'm pretty sure that's not what US editors are after though!

So, er, just ignore me.

I agree that "weird" has a more negative connotation than"unique", or "quirky", or "offbeat". I usually shoot for "quirky" and I only get "weird" if I've gone too far. :) It's a fine line.

But I think since the OP asked for "favorites", perhaps that puts a more positive spin on "weird".

ETA: Sorry. I'm afraid my quote formatting came out weird!

#24 - September 14, 2012, 01:04 PM
NED THE KNITTING PIRATE, GRIMELDA series,
CITY SHAPES, DORIS THE BOOKASAURUS, ONE SNOWY DAY, PIZZA PIG, and more...
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I love My Mom Is Trying To Ruin My Life by Kate Feiffer. Hilarious.

#25 - September 14, 2012, 05:58 PM

Frankenstein Makes A Sandwich - Adam Rex, though it might not fit in the category of your conventional PB.
We LOVE this one!
This thread is great - my kids love weird books. I'm buying like half of these...
#26 - September 14, 2012, 06:46 PM
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I'd say anything by Oliver Jeffers. Beautiful books.
#27 - September 14, 2012, 06:56 PM
SWAY, 2012 from Disney-Hyperion
CIRCA NOW, 2014 from Disney-Hyperion
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ALL Shaun Tan's PBs: http://www.shauntan.net/books.html

And Scary Girl by Nathan Jurivicious... but perhaps that's pushing into graphic novel.
#28 - September 14, 2012, 07:42 PM

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Oh also Terry Denton's Gasp! books.
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I was going to say William Steig, too! DR. DESOTO in particular is delightfully wacky.
#30 - September 15, 2012, 09:55 AM
ANNIE B. MADE FOR TV, Running Press Kids 2018
MAURICE THE UNBEASTLY, Sterling 2017
SOPHIE'S ANIMAL PARADE, Sky Pony 2015
MARATHON MOUSE, Sky Pony 2012

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