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What Wee Read

Maude, The Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton by Lauren Child

The Shrimpton family is a crew of exuberant, oddball characters who stand out from the crowd — except Maude, who’s more of a wallflower. When Maude asks for a goldfish for her birthday, her over-the-top family gets her a tiger instead. But things don’t go quite as the family expects. (Tigers, as it turns out, get ferociously hungry.) Maude is a kid-friendly take on the quirky, dark humor of the The Royal Tenenbaums — reminding us that dysfunctional families are the most entertaining kind. And sometimes blending in is a useful trait.

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Alphabetics by Patrick & Traci Concepción

This ABC book’s subtitle, “An Aesthetically Awesome Alliterated Alphabet Anthology,” pretty much sums it up. Captivating illustrations and semi-outrageous tongue twisters like “Yvette the yuppie Yeti yodels a yearnful yawn after finishing a yard of fro yo in the Yukon” get our kids giggling. And it leads to some rad vocab lessons. (Glossary in back for parents who need a hand.)

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Tiny Pie by Mark Bailey and Michael Oatman and illustrated by Edward Hemingway

After taking our kids apple picking this weekend, they couldn’t wait to read this sweet little story about making tiny apple pie. Ellie the Elephant is bummed that she can’t be part of her parents’ grown-up party. Just when she’s feeling too small to do anything, Ellie discovers mice hosting a cooking show (featuring Tiny Pie) behind her kitchen wall. She finds out that even the tiniest hands, noses and mouths can do big things. At the end, there’s a bonus Tiny Pie recipe from Alice Waters for little bakers.

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The Adventures of Beekle The Unimaginary Friend by Dan Santat 

An imaginary friend is waiting (on an island of imaginary creatures) to be imagined by a real kid. After he’s passed over again and again, he decides to head out on his own to find friendship. He ultimately discovers the perfect BFF, who names him Beekle. And just like that, the lovable Beekle discovers his purpose — and inspires our kids to dream up their own imaginary worlds.

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The Bear’s Sea Escape by Benjamin Chaud

This delightful sequel picks up right where The Bear’s Song (another Wee Read favorite) leaves off, and follows a new adventure of Papa Bear trying to find his Little Bear. Their journey takes them from a crowded Paris department store, to a bustling wharf, onto a cruise ship, under the sea, and to a tropical island. Our kids love spotting Little Bear on each gorgeously illustrated spread. Like the very best picture books, there are stories happening well beyond the words on the page.

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The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers

“Henry loves books, but not like you and I, not quite. Henry loves to EAT books. And here is the BEST bit: the more he eats, the smarter he gets.” Our preschoolers’ latest favorite is classic Oliver Jeffers: a quirky and silly story with charming illustrations. We especially love the surprise ending. It gets us all giggling almost every time.

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Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

After 50 years in print, this mischievous classic hasn't lost its charm with our kids. When a peddler falls asleep under a tree, he loses his hats to some tricksy monkeys and must figure out how to get them back. We love how the book’s silliness sneaks in subtle lessons about counting and sorting, too — making this enduring folktale turned classic storybook a permanent addition to our shelf at home.  

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My Teacher Is a Monster! by Peter Brown

Just in time for heading back to school, we’re loving this new release from the author of one of our all-time favorites Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. Bobby (who happens to like throwing paper airplanes) has a big, green, mean monster for a teacher — which our kids find hilarious. When Bobby runs into her at the park one day, an initially awkward interaction ends with the realization that teachers are people too.