We don’t know about you, but here at Flavorpill, we were pretty weird kids — and now that the truth has come out, and we know that you really are what you read, we’re starting to wonder whether that wasn’t because of the books we were reading. Not that we’re sorry, or anything. Weird people are the best. One of the authors influencing our childhood strangeness was prolific children’s book and YA author Bruce Coville, who turned 62 this week, so to celebrate his birthday, we’ve put together a list of the all-time weirdest authors of children’s and YA fiction — in our own estimation, of course. Click through to read who we picked, and let us know if we missed your super-strange favorite in the comments — we’re always looking for new ways to get weirder.
Coville is the king of completely weird chapter books for young readers — his titles read like a hysterical child who’s just head a suspicious bump under his bed: My Teacher Fried My Brains, My Teacher Flunked the Planet, I Lost My Grandfather’s Brain, Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher. Happily, they’re not hysterical, but charmingly bizarre and playful stories about magic shops where you can buy dragon eggs, what it’s like to be an alien in sixth grade, and how to survive summer camp.