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My children think this series is hysterical and I am totally with them.  The humor is smart, without going over their heads or dipping into the scatological for cheap laughs.

In the first of the series (5 books so far), we meet Sasspants, a guinea pig who reads in her pet-shop cage using a thimble recycled as a reading lamp. The pet shop owner, Mr. Venezi is so dim, he labels every cage wrong–the hamsters are “koalas” and the chinchillas are “camels.”  The ferrets…?  “Long koalas,” of course.
Only Sasspants’ cage is properly identified because she’s made her own sign using tiles. When the “G” at the end of “PIG” disappears, Hamisher the hamster mistakes Sasspants for a private investigator (“PI”), and enlists her help to find who’s stealing Mr. Venezi’s sandwiches. So begins a sleuth’s career for Sasspants and loads of laughs for the reader. The full-color cartoons equally match the writing in humor and quality.
Bonus points that the main character, author and artist are all female.



Screen Shot 2013-03-20 at 9.55.19 AMLin has written and drawn an absolutely gorgeous adventure, weaving traditional Chinese folktales into the story of a young heroine on a quest to change her family’s fortune.

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More conversation than narrative, this charming book poses all manner of questions worth pondering.  Would you rather…tickle a monkey or dance with goats?  The more harrowing questions, like Would you rather be… swallowed by a fish or sat on by a rhinoceros? are tempered by Burningham’s wonderfully silly drawings.

I’m merrier than a terrrier.

Swish!  I’m a fish.

This 1951 classic easy reader bursts with joy, imagination and enough adorable art to charm a snake with.

Illustrated by Mary Blair of Disney animation fame and creator of character designs for Disneyland’s It’s a Small World ride.

You don’t say, giant squid??  Look out for that whale!!

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