Wednesday, April 1, 2015

5 Obscure but Fabulous Children's Books

Today, being Spy Wednesday, I hid 30 pieces of silver (i.e. random change of the silver sort) around our living room for the boys to search for a la Kendra. I fully intended to get this post up earlier in the day, but aside from the coin hiding, I also was super productive in the kitchen. My goal is to have it completely scrubbed over by tomorrow, so the rest of Holy Week into Easter, we are easily able to plan for our Easter feast. So, alas, you had to wait til 10pm for me to be sharing some books.

It might strike you as miraculous that I've posted so much in one week. This certainly hasn't happened in a long while, but book posts are always fun and these books in particular I've wanted to share with you. They really are some of our favorites, and no one I mention them to seems to have heard about them, so hopefully at least some of them are new to you.


Small World of Binky Braverman by Rosemary Wells + illustrated by Richard Egielski

Upon the death of his Aunt Fran, "Binky" goes back a miserable summer spent many years ago when he was a boy and the magical world he created as he got to know the characters that lived in her house. From the Blue Nun on the ink bottle to the banjo player from the box of matches, each character comes alive to Binky and befriends him making each day go from misery to joy. It's a wonderful portrayal of the power of an imagination.


Moosetache by Margie Palatini + illustrated by Henry Cole

Moose's mustaches have become a full on nuisance. He can't do anything he loved before: ski, dance, or even cook without them getting in the way. He tries everything he can think of curling them, tying them up, and so on until one day he meets the most delightful she moose who seems to have the answer to his problem.


The Potters' kitchen by Rachel Isadora

The Potter's love their country kitchen. It is an welcoming place in which they foster love and community. And then one day they must move and leave their beloved kitchen behind. Will their new city apartment be the same?
I may have shared this book before, but it's one of my boys' favorites and has been making its way into nighttime reading fairly often lately, so I thought I'd share again.


Laughter seems to have left the kingdom, but the Jester and his helper, Pharley, set out to find it. Each person he meets has yet another woe to share with him, claiming the world is full of sadness and tears. Each person, that is, until he meets a little girl in the hospital. He decides he will make her laugh to forget her worries, and once he succeeds, laughter quickly spreads throughout the land again.


One Monday Morning by Uri Shulevitz

By far my favorite illustrations of the bunch (though the others are still fantastically depicted), this story tells of a boy who is visited by a king, the queen, and a little prince on Monday, but the boy isn't home. Each day another person joins the visiting party, but the boy is never home. Another great book to foster the imaginative mind of young children. 

And there you have it, 5 of our personal favorite stories that are more on the obscure end of children's literature. Do you have any favorites that we might not have heard of?

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  1. Ah I love a good kids' book! I heard of one today that I need to get from the library: Once Upon an Alphabet. It looks adorable.

    1. Ooooh, I haven't read that one yet, but I am presently compiling a list of MORE favorite ABC books. Perhaps I should go in search of it. =)

  2. I adore Moostache! I'll have to check out these others! Thanks for the fun list!

    1. It's the best. My sister found it for us, and we read it fairly often. Hope you can find the others on here.


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