Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Books for Boys & the Not-So-Faint-of-Heart

We have toyed with the idea of having a "gross-out" storytime featuring flatulence, eating bugs, & snide irreverence. Those books are out there, but somehow we never seem to get the storytime going. Here's a list, recommended by staff, of the best reads for those kids (aged about 5-10) who are not afraid of straightforward language, nerdy humor, & weirdness.

Picturebooks
The Lost Thing by Shaun Tan
Rotten Ralph by Jack Gantos
Shrek! by William Steig
Walter the Farting Dog by William Kotzwinkle
The Composer is Dead by Lemony Snicket
Beetle McGrady Eats Bugs by Megan McDonald
It's a Book by Lane Smith

Children's Fiction
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg Heffley's Journal by Jeff Kinney
What Buttosaur is That? by Andy Griffiths

1 comment:

allanbard said...

Good post! I guess many people with a strong sense of "morality" will forbid the books you mentioned, but they all have to remember what a great and good influence a book could have on children's minds... And that some straightforward language, nerdy humor, & weirdness could just make books more interesting... There are a lot of horror moments in Harry Potter for example but there is much more wisdom in every book of them than in any soap opera?
I remember how inspired 2 kids of a friend of mine were when I told them my Tale Of The Rock Pieces for example. There are a lot of horrible moments and some harsh language too, but that just made them be more intrigued by the story and all the facts about animals and the healthiest way of life one could lead that could be found there. My book helped them to start taking a good care of their health and even now, when they are shrewd youngsters, they still do exercises every day, don't drink, don't smoke and tell me they still remember the fascinating story that inspired them to do that...