Thursday, February 24, 2011

Are you ready for some books?  Today I'm sharing some of my favorite wacky books.  I tend to like the absurd.  They also fall into the category of wacky books from the 1970's.  So here they are:

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett.  This is not the movie version.  I've not seen the movie version (or read it in book form either for that matter).  The two stories appear to be quite different.  I have loved this book since I was a kid.  It's a great story about giant food falling from the sky.  Visually it's hilarious.  You see drifts of cream cheese sandwiches, spaghetti snarled on lower intestine street, a giant pancake on a school, and my personal favorite a guy with a giant noodle on his head.  My kids love it too.  Great read, fun to look at.

The next one I've only recently discovered thanks to a friend of mine.  "Stand Back," said the Elephant, "I'm going to sneeze."  by Patricia Thomas.   When the elephant says that he's going to sneeze everyone complains about what happens last time:  fish lost scales, birds lost feathers, zebra lost stripes, etc.  Then there is a reversal and for a moment they thing they're all safe, but alas.  Very fun to read aloud.  Lots of giggling ensues.

Finally, The Giant Jam Sandwich by John Vernon Lord.  I happened upon this again because of the above Elephant book.  This one I remember loving as a kid.  It's about a town plagued by wasps and their solution of using a giant jam sandwich to get rid of them.  Fun absurd read.

1 comment:

Jeanene said...

Fun! Thanks for the ideas. Caleb is still loving our reading time. He will love these. He just discovered the movie "Cloudy, With a Chance..." and thinks it is great. I have been a bad mom and have not really sat down and watched it with him. Netflix streaming is a double-edged sword.