Ages Four and Up
Books that delight practically everyone
by Holly Hartman
A six-year-old who crashes parties at New York's posh Plaza Hotel. A talking dog and her astonished family. Verse about evil weevils and gymnastically gifted spiders. Is this the stuff of literature that captivates readers across the generations? Why yes. Although these books may start out on the children's shelves of libraries and bookstores, they are enjoyed by readers of all ages who appreciate witty stories and original art.
- Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin
Things are never the same after Farmer Brown's cows get their hooves on an old typewriter—and start to send him demanding memos.
- D'Aulaire's Greek Myths by Ingri and Edgar Parin D'Aulaire
This classic work pairs dramatic and often funny tales of love, magic, greed, and trickery with unforgettable illustrations.
- Eloise by Kay Thompson and Hilary Knight
Eloise lives in the Plaza Hotel, where she pours water down the mail chute, "sklathes" along the halls, and scams treats by pretending she is an orphan.
- I, Crocodile by Fred Marcellino
Napoleon's pet crocodile enjoys being "The Darling of the Empire" until the emperor's craving for crocodile pie threatens his reptile paradise.
- Insectlopedia by Douglas Florian
Short poems about insects and spiders are accompanied by fascinating images of collage and paint on paper bags.
- Martha Calling by Susan Meddaugh
When Martha Dog eats alphabet soup, the letters go to her brain instead of her stomach, giving her the gift of speech.
- Polkabats and Octopus Slacks by Calef Brown
Nonsense poems and colorful paintings pay tribute to such unlikely subjects as "Kansas City Octopus" and "Funky Snowman."
- The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide and Edward Gorey
Treehorn grows smaller each day, but his plight is ignored by all; "Nobody shrinks," says his father, while his teachers scold him for being unruly.
- The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
With stories like "Little Red Running Shorts" and "The Really Ugly Duckling," this zany collection twists your favorite fairy tales.
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Clad in his wolf suit, Max visits the marvelous "wild rumpus" that has enchanted children and adults for nearly 40 years.