Sometimes there are treasures in children’s books that will make the parents laugh more than their kids. Books that are fun to read in silly voices with jokes that are unexpectedly hilarious. There are many authors that are capable of entertaining the whole family. When I want a book that breaks away from the traditional kids stories there are a few names I go to. Bob Shea is among the top of that list.
Bob Shea brings clever wit, colourful art, and honest morals. A general theme runs through most his books, the importance of friendship. Often the most different animals make the oddest relationships in his stories. Bob Shea has genuine talent for children’s literature, entertaining even the biggest of kids.
Here are 5 books that rocked our bedtime story world-
I’m a Shark
Shark is the big, bad, beast of the sea. This book goes through all of the scary things that Shark never fears. Until the brave Shark comes upon the scariest creature in all of the world… a spider.
My kids thought this was pretty funny because, maybe, their Dad might share the same phobia… C’mon, nature created the things to be the creepiest looking things, with poison fangs, and they live everywhere imaginable. There is no escape, I feel you Shark.
Cheetah Can’t Lose
The long reigning champion of race day, Cheetah has dominated the sport. Afraid of no challenge, he will prove himself over and over. It takes the intelligence of a few little kitties to swindle the great Cheetah. The tricks may be fun but sympathy and love in the feline world may win the day.
Buddy and the Bunnies in Don’t Play With Your Food
Buddy is a viscous monster who loves to eat Bunnies. But he also loves cupcakes, swimming, the carnival and all sorts of other distractions. If the Bunnies can keep the monster distracted he will just have to wait until tomorrow to eat them. Though after all the fun this monster forgot the all important rule: Don’t play with your food.
This is a great read as Buddy represents my daughter so well. Alex wants nothing more than to eat, snack after snack after snack. A little distraction will occupy her tell she gets bored again.
Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great
Goat is getting pretty jealous of the new kid in town, Unicorn. With magic powers to fly, turn things to gold and make it rain cupcakes. Well it turns out Goat has some awesome features himself. If the two animals work together, they will be unstoppable.
Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret
Ballet Cat and Sparkles Pony try to decide what to do today. Unfortunately everything they come up with does not mix well with spinning, kicking, or leaping. That only leaves one thing to do, ballet. Much to Ballet Cats excitement, but Sparkles Pony has a secret. A secret secret. And its not that he is terrible at ballet.
Thanks booknerds, I will eat you tomorrow.