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is an illustrator and a writer. Probably best know for his books about a dog named Chowder. But he’s working on plenty of new books right now.
I can't overemphasize how perfectly James Marshall balances sweetness and absurdity in these stories.
Everyone Poops is a continuous source of 'inspiration.
Witty dialogue, fantastical adventure and a wonderfully dark sense of humor seem to effortlessly flow from Roald Dahl's pen.
This series is perhaps the most unique, thoughtful, and provocative fantasy I’ve ever read.
I was mesmerized by the way Verne describes the science and logic of the world in which this story takes place.
Anything by Robert Benchley, Woody Allen, Mark Twain, Dave Barry, Roald Dahl, Robert Cormier, Jack Gantos, Peg Kehret, Gary Paulsen, Carl Hiassen, Andrew Clements, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Gordon Korman, Roland Smith, Anthony Horowitz, and some guy named Jon Scieszka.
Genius. The Sgt. Pepper of children's books.
Still the best survival story.
This is the book that turned me on to reading. For the first time, somebody wrote like they were having a conversation with me.
Or anything by Dr. Seuss. Can’t beat it.
Without it, all intelligent life on Earth would have ceased to exist.
The gold standard of comic strips. Fun for everyone; except Charlie Brown, who seems a little down on his luck.
Lessons learned include: just because you've got a best friend doesn't mean you have to pour pea soup in your shoes. I try to re-read this before I start making new book.
When Hobbes is wise, Calvin is a stinker. When Hobbes is hungry, Calvin is in trouble.
A dog party in a tree? Wait for me, I’ve got to get my hat!
The best comic strip you've never heard of. Alice and her family walk in the footsteps of Peanuts and Calvin and Hobbes, only sideways.
designed this website. He also designed the JS Worldwide website. He has also designed all kinds of other stuff, beautifully.
I think this is the first book I ever picked out on my own and read by myself. I'm pretty sure it is. I can tell you this for sure: Lou Gehrig always has been and always will be my favorite baseball player. And I'm from Boston, so that's saying something about the influence of this book.
Before there was the Internet, there was What Do People Do All Day? to describe the whole world and everything in it. Still hours of fun to explore every page.
He wears a sweater and sails a boat and drives a car and gets dumped on a garbage barge. Oh, and he's a mouse.
An adventure story starring a carved wooden boat that travels all the way across Canda. A carved wooden boat? you say. That's right: a carved wooden boat! I wished I could be that boat.
This book and the other Great Brain books that followed are a handy how-to guide in the arts of scheming, swindling, cheating, and being a younger brother.
We just called them "Tintins." I'd say, "Do you have any new Tintins?" and my friend Jamie would say, "I just finished The Black Island. You can borrow it but you have to give it back." YOu always had to give them ack because these books are precious.
Yeah it's James Joyce, but so what? He ain't so tough. The beauty of these stories is in their simplicity. You'll be able to taste the peas with vinegar and pepper in "Two Gallants." Read this when your friends are reading Catcher in the Rye. (And read that one, too.)
A character named Borges comes across an encyclopedia of a fictional land. Pierre Menard rewrites bits of Don Quixote verbatim, by coincidence. Funes remembers everything that happened, ever. Amazing. Worth re-reading about every five years or so.
If you get far enough to read about the toilets in the title essay, you'll probably go on to read every word Wallace ever wrote. This book also contains the most terrifying description of baton-twirling you could ever read.
For the serious typographer as well as the font enthusiast: histories of all the classic typefaces from the days when fonts weighed about 50 pounds (because they were made out of lead). Simply indispensable.
"I have a daughter and a son, I've taught middle school and high school and worked at a bookstore. These are all books I love, can sell, and that my children loved as well."
Kind of a Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon fantasy set in an alternate Japan where people can have superpowers. It's really well-done fantasy.
A fantastic graphic novel about Jon's boyhood in Flint, Michigan, where my husband is also from. It's funny and real and mostly funny.
These are so imaginative, innocent, and creative. I am a big fan of smart graphic novels and how they make us think.
There's a stuffed stoat in these books. I'm not even sure what that is, but do I really need to say more?
Same Lois Lowry as THE GIVER, but a completely different kind of story, one where the kids are super smart and the adults need to get a clue.
My 16 y.o. has read and reread this book about a 14 y.o. rugby player. It's a story about all the confusion that's part and parcel of growing up while simultaneously injecting humor and love and redemption into the entire mix.
Nicholas is irreverent and slightly naughty and a bit clueless but always funny.
(by Georgia Bragg & Kevin O'Malley)
Just like the title says, this is a book about how famous people died. But really it's a history book.
I read this book in three hours. Granted, I told my family I wasn't feeling well so they actually left me alone for that amount of time, but I devoured this book. There's an unreliable narrator and a shocking ending and a slew of open-ended questions that we still argue about in our house.