We often post reviews of fantastic picture books that are perfect for sharing with your little readers – books that rhyme and are catchy read-alouds that are fun additions to storytime. However, there are also some great picture books that can be an absolute delight to share with older kids. For example, a few months ago, I blogged about the amazing book Captain Cat (review here), which got me thinking of those longer picture books that amaze you with their characters, plot and storytelling. Here are a few stories that will surprise and enchant you and your child.
The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr Morris Lessmore
by William Joyce
Morris Lessmore loves words, stories and books, and after a tornado carries him to another land, dreary and colorless, he finds a single book in color that leads him to an amazing library where, he learns, the books need him as much as he needs them.
Why I love it (and you will too): The artwork is just beautiful, with great details and fantastic colourwork. Morris’ story is one that will warm the hearts of any book lover! Interestingly, this book first appeared as a film and an app!
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins
by Dr Seuss
When the old King Derwin passes through town, all around take off their hats, including young Bartholomew Cubbins. Unfortunately for him, as soon as he takes on his hat, another magically appears. Can Bartholomew take off his hat before the King takes off his head?
Why I love it (and you will too): This classic story has an amazing narrative build, and the increasing tension over Bartholomew’s fate will have you flipping the pages in anticipation. Reading the first two lines of this book still gives me happy shivers!
The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt
When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons; they feel quite badly used by Duncan. Can the young boy find a way to placate the crayons?
Why I love it (and you will too): These crayons have amazingly funny complaints! It’s a book that will make you laugh out loud and carefully comb over all of the illustrations. You’ll come back for this one more than once!
by Chris Van Allsburg
Left on their own for an afternoon, two bored and restless children find more excitement than they bargained for in a mysterious and mystical jungle adventure board game.
Why I love it (and you will too): This picture book lets the imagination run wild, so much so that it was made into a popular movie. Full of danger and adventure, this well-written book has illustrations that are realistic and unique.