My goal as an author is to elicit emotion. Because I don't want to make four-year-olds cry, I tend to strive for laughter. Here, in my opinion, are the five funniest picture books since 2019.
Let's count them down...
Why it's great: Concept. A socially awkward caterpillar just can't wait to become a butterfly. Too simple to have never been thought of before, and more clever, if I dare say, than a merely hungry caterpillar.
Why it's great: Title. It's also secretly a book about manners. But the vegetables are well covered in chocolate.
#3: THE HAPPY BOOK AND OTHER FEELINGS by Andy Rash
Why it's great: Plot Twists. It turns out not to be a book about happiness, but a whole range of feelings, all flowing logically from the first spread.
Why it's great: Interactivity! You get to decide the story arc. Beware: Lenny dies if you choose the wrong one. I kinda like that subversiveness.
Why it's great: A combo of title + concept. A big burly bear scout wets his pants and blames his friends. Wham! I'd buy this manuscript on the first read--and I'm not even an editor.
What these five books have in common is that I wish I'd written them. There were quite a few more on my runner-up list (looking at you, Adam Rex, Nicola Winstanley, Taro Gomi).
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