You’re looking for a nice picture book, a nice story coupled with wonderful illustrations that will enlighten your child about life, lull them to sleep, and create wonderful memories. Well, look someplace else, ‘cause these five wonders of publishing are anything but!
The Taking Tree, by Dan Ewen, with illustrations by Thomas Richner
Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree is a children’s classic which expounds on the virtues of generosity. The Taking Tree just takes and takes and takes. But did you ever really believe that a piece of vegetation had your welfare at heart? What kind of nutcase are you? Save the sappy original for the kids and share this one with the adults.
Goodnight iPad, by Ann Droyd
Goodnight Moon was of course the perfect bedtime read. This one will assure that bedtime will never happen. Cluttered with every technology possible, this world has no time to ponder the moon or indulge in slumber. Your little ones would not appreciate this, but your tech-savy teen just might.
The Day the Crayons Organized an Autonomous Workers' Collective: A Parody, by Nathan J Robinson
The Day the Crayons Quit, by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers, tells the story of a box of crayons that reeked havoc on a young boy’s psyche by deserting him in his hour of need (really!). Robinson has a slightly more complex view of the situation and expounds on the labor issues that arise from such a scenario (really!) If you need any more info on this title, just read the title. A knock-off you won’t have to labor to read.
Don't Let The Pigeon Question The Rules!, by Nathan J. Robinson
For what seems like an eternity now, the Pigeon has been roaming Mo Williams’ books trying to steal hot dogs, joy ride buses, and loiter late after bedtime. It’s about time someone set this bird-brain straight. Nathan J. Robinson is obviously the man to do it. By the end of this book the previously incorrigible fowl is a good rule-respecting, authority-loving member of society who knows how to fly straight in life. In this case, you might want to skip Williams’ subversive originals and inflict your delinquent with this version.
All books listed can be obtained through your local library. For more information about parodies or other frivolous reading, or to find out about library services and programs, please visit your local library, or go to ahjlibrary.org.
Scott Strawn is Director of the Allendale-Hampton-Jasper Regional Library