For a few generations now, Roger Hargreaves’ funny Mr. Men and Little Miss books have been teaching kids about all kinds of annoying people, from Mr. Nosey to Little Miss Fickle. (Yes, there are gender-based critiques to be made of these stories; no, we’re not going to make them here.) This is all well and good, but where does this leave adults, who often have to deal with entirely different types of irritating characters? Thankfully, Tauntr.com has come up with a handful of cover designs for grown-up editions, featuring such characters as Mr. Chill, who “was never considered cool until he bought beer for his 16 year old’s friends and let them smoke marijuana on the patio,” and Little Miss Infidelity — an older Little Miss Naughty, because “everyone grows up and has little kids just like you. Even whores.” … Read More
New York has been immortalized over and over again in literature — but never quite like this. The folks over at Good recently alerted us to the existence of a strange (and smelly) new children’s book, New York, Phew York: A Scratch-N-Sniff Adventure, which is, you guessed it, a scratch-n-sniff tour of New… Read More
Who said good art never came out of random comments on the internet? Goodnight Dune, a crazy cool mash-up of the classic children’s book Goodnight Moon and the David Lynch movie version of Dune, was born when cartoonist Julia Yu was poking around the internet and came across this College Humor article, linked from a Reddit post with a comment imploring someone to actually write an illustrate the parody book. Yu decided to go for it, and she was clearly up to the task – her version of Goodnight Dune is a winning combination of visual film references, classic Dune language, and winking nostalgia. We predict that sci-fi lit nerd dads will be reading this to their toddlers and chuckling to themselves sometime very soon. Click through to see pages from the book and visit Yu’s awesome website for more information. … Read More
According to acclaimed British novelist Martin Amis, he would only ever write a children’s book if he suffered brain damage. Okay. Well, the actual quote, delivered to Sebastian Faulks on the BBC, was “If I had a serious brain injury I might well write a children’s book, but otherwise the idea of being conscious of who you’re directing the story to in anathema to me, because, in my view, fiction is freedom and any restraints on that are intolerable… I would never write about someone that forced me to write at a lower register than what I can write.” Oh, come on, Martin Amis. … Read More
Barack Obama, leader of the free world and winner of a Nobel Peace Prize, can now add children’s book author to his resume: Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to my Daughters, a picture book penned by the President, hit bookstores yesterday. Written in 2008 after the election but before Obama took office, the book tells the story of 13 American heroes and heroines, including Albert Einstein, Jackie Robinson, Helen Keller, and Martin Luther King, Jr. But he’s hardly the first celebrity who has delved into kiddie lit. Here are 15 more children’s book authors you might know from elsewhere. … Read More
We’ve confessed our love for gingers before. But what we failed to mention is that the sentiment extends way beyond our current obsession with pop culture icons like Molly Ringwald and Conan O’Brien all the way back to childhood. Our favorite books to read back in elementary school always featured redheaded heroines. Why? Because they were just more interesting. Here’s proof. … Read More
Manipulating digital images of animals in surreal environments, Steve Ouch created the visual wonderland of SteamPotVille, a children’s book with the attention-grabbing power of a magic-eye poster.
While the story of a world turned upside-down is sure to capture any kid’s imagination, it’s the fantastical fish-eye imagery that will keep you (and them) coming back. Each two-page spread is a detail-rich labor of love, with new elements revealing themselves on repeated reads. … Read More
The American Library Association has just released its list of most frequently challenged books of 2009. Check out a roundup of some of the most surprisingly “controversial” books from 20 years ago after the… Read More
Forget about Baby Mozart, it’s time for Baby Angus Young. Does that send a shiver of revulsion or a twinge of delight down your spine? If it’s the latter, then you may be the target audience for Soundscreen Design‘s twist on the classic children’s ABC books. They come in three musical flavors — metal, country, or punk.
Get a headstart on teenage rebellion with Never Mind Your Ps and Qs — Here’s the Punk Rock Alphabet. Nurture the next frontman for your Morbid Angel tribute band with M is for Metal. Or cultivate that high lonesome sound in your wee one with ABC&C: The Country and Western Alphabet. Billed as “perfect for every hipster child,” they’re just as appropriate for the aging music obsessive who wants to remember how to read. Each volume is filled with charming illiustrations and 2-year-old-ready doggerel. See a selection of our favorites after the jump. … Read More
Curious Pages is a blog that scans and posts strange and wonderful children’s books that time forgot. Browsing through its archive, we were reminded of just how weird kids’ books could be — in a good way this time. We caught up with the site’s editors to hear what sparked the idea, and find out their favorite inappropriate and incredible books for kids young and old. … Read More