Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Strangest ... Picture Book ... Ever

Z has a knack for choosing odd picture books at the library and I think this one takes the cake. Cowboy & Octopus by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith (design by Molly Leach) is the most bizarre idea I have ever seen. Illustrated with vintage-type cut-outs, this book has seven very short stories about this duo. They meet on a see-saw and "shake hands, and shake hands, and shake hands, and shake hands" and on and on. The cowboy makes beans, the octopus dresses like a shark and they tell knock-knock jokes.

I think Z was confused by this book even though he thought some parts were funny (like the word "beans"). It has a lot of dry humor and uneven banter. Of course, I'm not sure what we should have expected from this picture book! Has anyone else seen this book? What is the strangest picture book you know of?

Trying to imagine an odder couple,
K and Z

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  1. Now that IS weird!! I've never seen a stranger book.
    An Octopus and a cowboy, wow! LOL!!
    Natalie :0)

  2. This does seem odd ... we (me and the Little One) are big Jon Sciezeska (too lazy to look up the spelling) fans but this sounds a little too weird.

    And we just found the BEST book at the library (I think it just came out) -- Dinotrux by Chris Gall. We've read it at least 20 times so far. It is pretty much what you might think ... perfect if Z is into dinosaurs, trucks or both!!!