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Great Goofy Stuff to Read, Eat, and Do

It's fun to read and do lots of different stuff full of silliness and imagination. In these recommended books for kids ages 0-9, you'll read about silly characters and learn to make green gooey goop and art you can eat. It's fun to play and goof around with books!

Quotable Quotes: The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go. -- Dr. Seuss

Clorinda

By: Robert Kinerk, Steven Kellogg
Illustrated by: Steven Kellogg
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When Clorinda sees a ballet, she decides to follow her dream of becoming a ballerina and so leaves her comfortable farm life for the big city. At last, the charming cow-ballerina gets her big chance and though she performs only once, her talent is welcomed back on the farm. The rhyming story is illustrated in a lighthearted, comical style.

Cooking Art: Easy Edible Art for Young Children

By: Mary Ann Kohl, Jean Potter, Ronnie Roseman-Hall
Illustrated by: Ronnie Roseman-Hall
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Art is meant to be enjoyed, and sometimes even eaten! Create, then consume, the attractive, tasty, and nutritious treats featured in this fun recipe book.

Ed Emberley's Great Thumbprint Drawing Book

By: Ed Emberley
Illustrated by: Ed Emberley
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Make a thumbprint, add a few lines, and voila! you get an instant cartoon! This easy-to-follow book helps even the youngest make fascinating, funny creatures.

Emeril's There's a Chef in My Soup!

By: Emeril Lagasse, Charles Yuen
Illustrated by: Charles Yuen, Emeril Lagasse
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

The celebrity chef shares his thrill in making kitchen creations in this lighthearted but informative and oversized cookbook. It's ideal for beginner cooks.

Kids Cooking: A Very Slightly Messy Manual

By: The authors of Klutz, Jim McGuinness
Illustrated by: Jim McGuinness
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Dr. Seuss could have come up with the names of these lip-smacking delights! Frozen Bananoids, Soap Bubbles Supreme – the recipes may have peculiar names, but they are familiar to and enjoyed by children and adults alike.

Lotions, Potions, and Slime: Mudpies and More

By: Nancy Blakey, Melissah Watts
Illustrated by: Melissah Watts
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

This collection of creative activities involve science, art, cooking, and more. Concocting these concoctions will provide hours of ooey, gooey fun.

Poultrygeist

By: Mary Jane Auch, Herm Auch
Illustrated by: Herm Auch
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

When rude roosters continue to disturb the other farm animals, only Clarissa the cow and Sophie the pig take action to stop the raucous fowl. Their tale creates lots of laughs for readers.

Read-Aloud Rhymes for the Very Young

By: Jack Prelutsky, Marc Brown
Illustrated by: Marc Brown
Age Level: 0-3
Reading Level: Pre-Reader

What better way to introduce children to things fantastic or real than through these 200 short poems? Engagingly illustrated, this classic book features a variety of rhymes both old and new.

The Whingdingdilly

By: Bill Peet
Illustrated by: Bill Peet
Age Level: 3-6
Reading Level: Beginning Reader

Ole Scamp learns to like himself better once he’s changed by a peculiar witch. This wacky story uses comic illustrations to convey a positive message in a lighthearted, Seussian way.

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book?

By: Lauren Child
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Though Herb enjoys reading, he doesn’t appreciate how important it is to treat books with care. Then he falls asleep and finds himself in a book of fairy tales that he has changed. Readers who are familiar with the standard tales will delight in this fresh, funny, and fractured book.

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