Our No.3 son is at that in-between age where he’s just growing out of picture books and in to chapter books. So when he came downstairs with a stack of books and asked us to read with him, we knew there will only be a few more chances for this.
He sat between me and Ryan and wanted to read us his three favorite picture books:
TELEPHONE by Mac Barnett with illustrations by Jen Corace
The combination of silly/witty writing and the most fabulous illustrations make this one a big favorite.
Description from Amazon: It’s time to fly home for dinner! In this witty picture book from award-winning and bestselling author Mac Barnett, a mother bird gives the bird next to her a message for little Peter. But passing messages on a telephone line isn’t as simple as it sounds. Each subsequent bird understands Mama’s message according to its own very particular hobbies. Will Peter ever get home for dinner? This uproarious interpretation of a favorite children’s game will get everyone giggling and is sure to lead to countless rereads.
SAM + DAVE DIG A HOLE by Mac Barnett with Illustrations by Jon Klassen
I didn’t realize until just now that these are by the same author! Apparently we like ourselves a Mac Barnett story.
This one is another subtly clever story with irony that is lost on the littler readers but totally humorous to our 8 year old. And, again, the pictures are so good.
Description from Amazon: Sam and Dave are on a mission. A mission to find something spectacular. So they dig a hole. And they keep digging. And they find . . . nothing. Yet the day turns out to be pretty spectacular after all. Attentive readers will be rewarded with a rare treasure in this witty story of looking for the extraordinary — and finding it in a manner you’d never expect.
THE BOOK WITH NO PICTURES by B.J. Novak
The kids’ aunt + uncle gave this one to the boys and the humor is right up their school-aged alley. There are no pictures, but it is a super creative book.
Description from Amazon: You might think a book with no pictures seems boring and serious. Except . . . here’s how books work. Everything written on the page has to be said by the person reading it aloud. Even if the words say . . .
BLORK. Or BLUURF.
Even if the words are a preposterous song about eating ants for breakfast, or just a list of astonishingly goofy sounds like BLAGGITY BLAGGITY and GLIBBITY GLOBBITY.
Cleverly irreverent and irresistibly silly, The Book with No Pictures is one that kids will beg to hear again and again. (And parents will be happy to oblige.)
This is obviously the best page of the book :)
So there you go, three must-have picture books for school-aged boys according to my 8 year old. All three books that are fun to look at and fun to read. And I hope he never grows out of sitting together on the couch reading.
Does your family have any favorites for boys?