I love to laugh. I enjoy watching funny movies or tv shows and relish in reading funny books. Some comics make it look easy—but creating something funny is really, REALLY hard. So much of humor has to do with timing and spacing. When you’re given as few pages as picture books allow, humor is all the more difficult to do. Here is a list of current (almost exclusively) picture books that exemplify the comedic form or give me inspiration as I write:
Exploring Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson
I realize that this is NOT a picture book, but picture books and comic strips have a lot in common. My biggest influences are comic strips and Calvin and Hobbes is, by far, the top of my list. This book gives a lot of insight from Watterson on his craft...and also happens to be the only thing published by him in the last five years. Therefore, it’s technically current.
Wolfie the Bunny by Ame Dyckman and Zachariah OHora
Bob, not Bob! by Audrey Vernick, Liz Garton Scanlon, and Matthew Cordell
Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea
The Cookie Fiasco by Dan Santat
Although this is an early reader, the illustrations and text work together as picture books do, and humor is featured throughout.
Ryan is giving away one of his books to one lucky winner! To be eligible for prizes throughout the challenge, you must be registered by March 4, comment on each post, consistently read mentor texts, and enter the Rafflecopter drawing at the conclusion of ReFoReMo.
Ryan T. Higgins is an author and illustrator who likes the outdoors and cheese sandwiches. He is NOT a grumpy old black bear, but he DOES like making books about one—starting with the New York Times best-selling Mother Bruce, which received the E. B. White Read-Aloud Award and the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Honor. Ryan lives in Maine with his wife and kids . . . and too many pets.