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4 Children's Books to Tickle Your Funny Bone

by Sara Voigt (@meaningfulmadness)

Image of baloons with laughing faces and text "4 Picture Books to Tickle Your Funny Bone"

My kids are getting bigger, and I don't get to read aloud to them much anymore. (They don't want me to--*insert crying emoji here.*) Anyhoo, I thought I would share some of the picture books my kiddos enjoyed me to read aloud to them when they were little.


Get ready for your funny bone to be tickled.


Eileen Spinelli and David Slonim's Silly Tilly (Bookshop.org)


From the publisher:

“'Tilly is not an ordinary goose. She takes her baths in apple juice. She wears a pancake as a hat. She tries to ride the farmer’s cat.


"But the barnyard animals complain that she’s too silly. When she stops entertaining her friends with her antics, the farm becomes a quiet and unhappy place. David Slonim’s acrylic, pencil, and ballpoint pen illustrations add to the hilarity in this story about a one-of-a-kind silly goose."


Steve Smallman's Smelly Peter the Green Pea Eater (Amazon.com)


From the publisher:

"Peter, who eats nothing but peas, not only turns green but finds he can't stop tooting, until some aliens from the planet Krell spot him and make him their king, but since Krell has no peas, Peter soon turns back to his old self and falls out of favor with his new alien friends."


Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri's Those Darn Squirrels (Bookshop.org)


From the publisher:

"From the creators of Dragons Love Tacos comes the story of what happens when a grumpy old man and some mischievous squirrels match wits—with hilarious results.


"Old Man Fookwire is a grump. The only thing he likes to do is paint pictures of the birds that visit his backyard. The problem is, they fly south every winter, leaving him sad and lonely. So he decides to get them to stay by putting up beautiful bird feeders filled with seeds and berries. Unfortunately, the squirrels like the treats, too, and make a daring raid on the feeders. The conflict escalates—until the birds depart (as usual), and the squirrels come up with a plan that completely charms the old grump."


Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers The Day the Crayons Quit (Bookshop.org)


From the publisher:

"Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit! Blue crayon needs a break from coloring all those bodies of water. Black crayon wants to be used for more than just outlining. And Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking—each believes he is the true color of the sun. What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?


"With giggle-inducing text from Drew Daywalt and bold and bright illustrations from Oliver Jeffers, The Day the Crayons Quit is the perfect gift for new parents, baby showers, back-to-school, or any time of year! Perfect for fans of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Sciezka and Lane Smith. "



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