It's been one of those weeks.
You know, those weeks.
kind of week.
Today, all I want is to do is laugh. Until I pee my pants.
So, I scoured the library for the most hilarious book I could find. I found several funny ones, but the rip-roaring gut-buster that has become my Perfect Picture Book Friday pick is...
MONSTERS EAT WHINY CHILDREN
Title: Monsters Eat Whiny Children
Author and Illustrator: Bruce Eric Kaplan
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Opening Line: "Once there were two delightful children"
Genre: Picture Book, Humor
Theme/Topics: Behavior, Monsters, Food/Cooking, Humor
Age: This is a tough one. Too young = kids might be a little afraid of the premise. But I'd say 4+ and you're good. But this book is probably not for every household.
Synopsis: Dad has warned Henry and Eve: If you whine too much, monsters will eat you. And lo and behold, the monsters come. Will it be a whiny child salad? Whiny child burgers? The hilarity of the story is not in the pictures, but in the comic text that's, at times, clearly written for adults.
Why I like it: It's probably written more for adults than kids, so of course I enjoyed it as I laughed my head off. The writer, Bruce Eric Kaplan, was also a screenwriter for the series Seinfeld, which is obvious in the writing style of this book. When you get to the page about Indian food, you'll know what I'm talking about. And, to be fair, my daughter did love it (after first almost coming to tears that I wanted to read a book where whiny children are about to be eaten). So, it's a parent-love, children will "probably" love kind of book. But above all, it's FUNNY.
Resources: Inside the book, there's a great recipe for cucumber sandwiches. But I found one online, too! You can also visit the author's Simon & Schuster biography page here.
Laugh on, people. It's FRIDAY!!