I love a smart mouth and by that, I mean a writer with a fresh, funny, fabulously funky voice. Here are a few authors I admire for their sweet and salty deliveries.
If You Ever Want toBring a Piano to the Beach, DON’T! by Elise Parsley
“If your mom says to get ready to play at the beach, she means with a boat, or a Frisbee, or a shovel. She is not talking about the piano.” Elise Parsley is a master of absurdity and humor. For anyone looking to study fresh voice, I highly recommend they check out her wonderfully engaging books.
Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
Who else can call a unicorn dopey and get away with it? Bob Shea, that’s who! His uniquely sweet sarcasm adds the perfect amount of edginess to all of his books. It’s no surprise that both kids and adults think he’s pretty great.
Ryan T. Higgins is one of my favorite new author/illustrators. His picture book Mother Bruce is achingly perfect. The lines, “Bruce became the victim of mistaken identity” and “I liked you better when you were eggs” made me swoon. His second Bruce book (Hotel Bruce) is equally charming.
Kate Beaton, you had me at farting pony whose eyes look in different directions (but only sometimes). I have a writer crush on Kate and with good reason. She’s amazing.
Leave Me Alone! Vera Brosgol
While at a book signing this summer, the bookstore owner handed me a new picture book called Leave Me Alone by Vera Brosgol. “I have a feeling you’ll like this one,” she smirked. She knows me so well! These lines made me as green as Vera’s moon-men: “Leave me alone!” the old woman shouted. But the little green moon-men couldn’t hear her because they didn’t have any ears. So she picked up her sack and left through a wormhole.” I’m still slightly brokenhearted I didn’t think to write a wormhole into a picture book first.
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Kelly DiPucchio is the New York Times bestselling author of over twenty picture books for kids including Grace For President, Gaston, and Dragon Was Terrible. You can find her at home in Michigan trying to remember how to say ReFoReMo and on the web at kellydipuccho.com.