Hooray for Super Silliness! A Trio of Goofy Picture Books

Lynn: Sometimes you just want silliness! No lessons, no moral to the story, just a fun, goofy book. Here are some picture books guaranteed to get the giggles going.




A Couch for Llama by Leah Gilbert

A Couch for Llamaby Leah Gilbert

This is a ridiculously funny story that begs to be reexamined and laughed at again and again. The Lago family buys a new couch, but on the way home, it flies off the car into a llama’s field. Llama is mystified by this strange arrival. He brays to it, offers it lunch, then tries eating it. It is only when he leaps on it that the true fun of the couch is revealed. In the meantime, the family has discovered their couch has a new owner. Oh no! Gilbert’s illustrations are enchantingly silly. Don’t miss the endpapers, which show Llama’s exuberant appreciation of the furniture.


Big Bunny by Rowboat WatkinsBig Bunny, by Rowboat Watkins

First of all, just saying, this wonderful author’s name cracks me up. More importantly, everything he writes cracks up our focus group. In this “ginormously” funny tale, an unseen narrator tells a bedtime story to a less-than-satisfied listener. It’s not scary enough for the critical listener, who takes over the telling mid-tale and turns the big bunny into a truck/bridge/building eating menace. Watkins’ blocky illustrations “pieced together from this & that” tickle every funny bone and the unexpected reveal is laugh-out-loud funny.


Crash, Splash, Moo by Bob Shea

Crash, Splash, or Moo! by Bob Shea

Lastly, (read in F & G) is this reliably ridiculous offering from Bob Shea. Mr. McMonkey announces an exciting new game in which an action team of a Clam and a Cow performs spectacular stunts. The reader / contestants guess the results of each stunt—a crash, a splash, or a moo— in order to win a giant prize. Manic silliness ensues. This book is best read where shouting and gleeful giggling can occur. We can’t wait for the finished copy, since the much-read arc is falling apart!



About the Author:

Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan are Booklist reviewers and middle-school librarians who have chaired both ALA’s Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award for YA Literature committees. Follow Bookends on Twitter at @BookendsBlog. You can also find Cindy at @cdobrez and Lynn at @482april.

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