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The Monster at the End of This Book
The Monster at the End of This Book

Jon Stone (Illustrator - Mike Smollin). This book stars the furry blue monster, Grover, from Sesame Street. Throughout the book, Grover begs and pleads with the reader to stop turning the pages because he is scared of monsters and does not want to reach the end of the book. Grover tries to tie the pages together so that the reader can't reach the next page. He tries nailing the pages together; he even erects a brick wall to keep the reader from turning to the next page. But the reader, of course, keeps reading and turning the pages. Grover again begs the reader not to turn to the last page, but when the reader reaches the end, he realizes (along with Grover) that the only monster at the end of the book is Grover. He says to the reader, "I told you and told you there was nothing to be afraid of."
Publisher: Western Publishing Company, Inc; 1971.
General Grade Level: Primary (K-2nd).




Clifford's Riddles
Clifford's Riddles

Norman Bridwell. This is a book of riddles about Clifford the big red dog. This book will help children develop a sense of humor because it teachers them the format of a riddle. By the end of the book, the children will have caught on to the pattern and will e able to answer some of the riddles on their own.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc; New York; 1974.
General Grade Level: Primary (K-3rd).




No One Noticed Ralph

Bonnie Bishop (Illustrator - Jack Kent). Ralph is a parrot who lives with Mr. and Mrs. Muggs. Ralph likes living with his owners; he sits on his perch and talks in order to be noticed. Ralph would say "Give me a cracker" when he wanted a cracker. He would say, "Fire!" when they sat around the fireplace and ate popcorn. He would say "I love you!" to get noticed. Ralph was lonely one day when his neighbors were at work. He noticed that the window was open and so he flew out. (It's funny to see how he can't fly very well). Ralph tries to get noticed by all the people walking down the city street. He whistled as an old lady walked by. She turned around and yelled at a man behind her. But no one noticed Ralph. Then Ralph said, "Give me a cracker" and a mother said to her boy, "You just had lunch." Sill, no one noticed Ralph. Just as an angry couple walked by, Ralph said, "I love you!" The boy and girl kissed and held hands. Then Ralph saw flames in an apartment window that reminded him of the fireplace at home. "Fire," he said sadly. Then he yelled it a little louder and still a little louder, hoping to get noticed. A man walking by heard Ralph and called the fire department. After the firemen came and extinguished the fire, the man told everyone that Ralph was a hero. the crowd cheered and praised him. Mr. and Mrs. Muggs were so proud. Ralph got to ride in the firetruck, got his picture in the paper, and got a lifetime supply of sesame seed crackers. Best of all, people noticed Ralph.
Publisher: Doubleday & Company, Inc; New York, 1979.
General Grade Level: Primary (1st-2nd).




Stephanie's Ponytail
Stephanie's Ponytail

Robert Munsch (Illustrator - Michael Martchenko). Stephanie tells her mom that she wants to wear a ponytail because no one else in her school has one. When she gets to school, everyone says her ponytail is ugly, but Stephanie says that it's her ponytail and that she lies it. The next day at school, all the other girls have ponytails. Stephanie tells her mom that she wants a ponytail coming off the side of her head. Again, everyone says that it is ugly, but Stephanie says that it's her ponytail and that she likes it. The next day, all the girls are wearing ponytails on the sides of their heads. The same things is repeated with Stephanie and all the other girls wearing ponytails on the tops of their heads and even in front of their faces. (People walk into trees, cars, houses, and each other). Stephanie calls all of the girls copycats and says that the next day she is going to shave her head. The next day at school, all the kids and even the teacher were bald, except for Stephanie who had a nice little ponytail on the back of her head.
Publisher: Annick Press Ltd; Ontario, Canada; 1996.
General Grade Level: Primary.




Clifford at the Circus
Clifford at the Circus

Norman Bridwell. Clifford and Emily Elizabeth go to see the circus, but the ringmaster says he's not sure the show can go on because they are missing some performers. So, Emily and Clifford decide to help. It is funny to see Clifford scare the lions into obeying their trainer and to see him dressed up as a clown. It's funny to see Clifford try to walk the tightrope and to see him accidentally sniff up the cotton candy. But most of all, it's funny to see Clifford drink all of the water out of the high diver's pool and to catch the high diver on his tongue. It's also funny to see Clifford dress up as an elephant and blow the human cannonball out of her cannon.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc; New York,; 1977.
General Grade Level: Primary.




Cinderella Penguin: or, The Little Glass Flipper
Cinderella Penguin: or, The Little Glass Flipper

Janet Perlman. The main reason that this book is funny is because all of the characters are penguins instead of humans. The illustrations are quite humorous for this reason--even the "mice" and fairy godmother are penguins. The illustrations are also humorous because of all the little details. The most humorous element in the story, though, is when the stepmother and stepsisters shove Cinderella Penguin down into the cellar but her flipper gets stuck in the door. While the stepsisters are fighting over the glass flipper, the flipper goes flying and lands on Cinderella Penguin's flipper and fits perfectly.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc; New York; 1992.
General Grade Level: Primary (1st-3rd).
Other Category: Artwork.




Officer Buckle and Gloria
Officer Buckle and Gloria

Peggy Rathman. This book is about Police Officer Buckle and his police dog, Gloria. Officer goes to the schools to teach about safety, but no one ever listens until Gloria starts coming to the presentations with him. Unbeknownst to Officer Buckle, while he is speaking, Gloria acts out all the safety tips about what not to do. The audience loves it and Officer Buckle and Gloria are invited to all the schools. When Officer Buckle finds out what has been going on behind his back, his feelings are hurt and he decides not to do the safety presentations anymore. So, Gloria is alone at the next safety presentation, in which she and the audience fall asleep. Afterward, Napville school has its worst accident ever. After the accident, all the students write to Officer Buckle to ask him to come back and do his presentation again.
Publisher: G. P. Putnam's Sons, New York, 1995.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Award: Caldecott Medal.
Other Categories: Joy, Artwork.




Tuesday
Tuesday

David Wiesner. This selection is quite entertaining and imaginative. There are not very many words in it, but the illustrations speak for themselves. On a Tuesday evening around eight p.m., some frogs started flying away from their pond on their lilypads. The frogs fly so high that they scare some birds. A man sees them fly by his window and they fly into the laundry in his backyard. They then sit and watch t.v. with an old lady who has fallen asleep in her chair. A dog chases one of the frogs, but then all the frogs chase him. In the morning, the frogs go back to their pond but leave their lilypads behind where they fell. Then the next Tuesday, around eight p.m., some pigs begin to fly.
Publisher: Clarion Books, New York, 1991.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Award: Caldecott Medal.
Other Category: Artwork.




Aaron's Hair
Aaron's Hair

Robert Munsch (Illustrators - Alan and Lea Daniel). This selection is about a young boy named Aaron who grows his hair out long because he wants to look like his dad. His hair is very unruly, though, so one day he yells at his hair and his hair runs away. Aaron chases after his hair and tries to find it, but it keeps hiding in strange places. Finally, Aaron says that he likes and misses his hair and it comes back to him.
Publisher: Scholastic Inc, New York, 2000.
Other Category: Artwork.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




Just Me and My Little Sister

Mercer Mayer. This selection is very cute and fun. It's about Little Critter and his little sister going to the park and the trouble his sister accidentally causes him. It's pretty funny, too.
Publisher: Paperwing Press, New York, 1986.
Other Category: Artwork.
Grade Level: Primary.




Munschworks 2: The Second Munsch Treasury
Munschworks 2: The Second Munsch Treasury

Robert N. Munsch (Illustrators - Michael Martchenko, Helene Desputeaux). This book is a collection of selections written by Robert Munsch, including "Pigs," "Mortimer," "Purple, Green and Yellow," "Murmel, Murmel, Murmel," and "Something Good." "Pigs" is about a girl named Megan who opens the pigs' pen even though her father told her not to. Megan thought that pigs were dumb but finds out that they are actually quite smart. The repetition in this selection is quite funny. "Purple, Green, and Yellow" is about a girl named Brigid who convinces her mother to but her several different sets of markers, on the condition that she will not draw on herself or on the walls. Brigid did not draw on herself with the washable markers or the scented markers, but she gets bored and draws on herself with the super-indelible-never-come-off-til-you're-dead-and-maybe-even-later markers. The rest of the selection is about the trouble of getting the color off. "Mortimer" is about a young boy who is tucked into bed but keeps singing and keeps the whole family awake. Everyone keeps trying to get him to be quiet--even the police. Everyone in his family and the police get in an argument and Mortimer falls asleep. "Murmer, Murmel, Murmel" is about a girl who finds a baby in a hole in her sandbox. She's only five years old and can't take care of a baby, so she tries to give it away to different people, but none of them want a baby or are fit to take care of one. Finally, she finds someone to love the baby. "Something good" is about a girl named Tyya who goes to the grocery store with her dad. She keeps loading up a grocery cart with ice cream and candy bars, but her dad tells her no, that he will only buy good food. He gets tired of her getting into trouble and so he tells her to stay in one spot and not to move. Tyya knows that she is in trouble and doesn't move, but a clerk puts a price on her because she thinks Tyya is a doll. When Tyya and her family are ready to leave, the cashier tries to make Tyya's dad pay for her. They argue, but Tyya's dad ends up paying for her and she says that he finally bought "something good."
Publisher: Annick Press, Ltd; New York; 1999.
Other Category: Artwork.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly

Simms Tabacik. This selection is about a lady who swallowed a fly and other things. She swallowed a horse to catch the dog, the dog to catch the cat, the cat to catch the bird. the bird to catch the spider, and she swallowed the spider to catch the fly. She died, of course.
Note: this selection is based on a favorite old American folk poem from the 1940s. The illustrations have cut outs.
Publisher: Viking, New York, 1997.
Other Category: Artwork.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.
Award: Caldecott.




More Pies!
More Pies!

Robert Munsch. This is a funny selection about a boy named Samuel who is so hungry that he eats two bowls of cereal, four milk shakes, four stacks of pancakes, and a fried chicken for breakfast. When his mom won't cook him seven more fried chickens, Samuel joins a pie eating contest.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc; New York; 2002.
Other Category: Artwork.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




Mmmm, Cookies!
Mmmm, Cookies!

Robert Munsch (Illustrator - Michael Martchenko). This selection is about a boy who makes cookies for his family to eat, but the problem is that he makes them out of play clay.
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc; New York.
Other Category: Artwork.
General Grade Level: Intermediate.




Herbert, the Timid Dragon

Mercer Mayer. This is one of my absolute favorite children's books. The storyline is funny and sweet and the illustrations are adorable. Herbert is a timid dragon who dreams of being a knight. He even tries to rescue a princess. At first, this turns out to be a mess, but them Herbert really does save the day.
Publisher: Western Publishing Company, Inc; Racine, Wi; 1980.
General Grade Level: Primary-Intermediate.
Other Category: Artwork.

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