Reading Rockets recommends the following books by William Joyce.
A Day with Wilbur Robinson
All families have their own way of doing things; sometimes some people consider these unique. But the Robinsons have a very unusual home and a very particular way about them. Humor abounds in the contrast between the text and illustrations for a memorable day. Be sure to see the film adaptation that came out in 2007.
Bentley and Egg
Bentley Hopperton, a young frog, becomes bored egg-sitting for his friend, but saves the day (and the egg) when it’s egg-napped.
Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo
While on a family excursion to Africa, the Lazardos find a dinosaur and bring him home to their small town. Dinosaur Bob becomes part of their family and the town’s best baseball player.
Taking care of a cat and baby brother turns into a series of comic adventures when George wakes up to find himself shrunk to the size of a mouse.
Rolie Polie Olie
Olie is a member of the Rolie Polie family. All of the Rolie Polies are round, and resemble robots in this funny, rhyming, original, and slightly wacky story. Other books about Olie and his adventures include: Sleepy Time Olie (2001) and Snowy Olie (2000).
When Art Atchison Aimesworth answers Santa’s call with his sister Esther and best friend Spaulding, they have a fantastic adventure in the North Pole. While Art never finds out why Santa called in the first place, the reader knows when they see the letters written between Esther and Santa.
The Leaf Men & the Brave Good Bugs
Small bugs call for help from the Leaf Men to heroically save the old woman’s garden from the evil Spider Queen in this quirky, engaging fantasy.
What causes the remote, or just one sock to disappear? Dr. Zooper provides the answers in his guide to the Mischevians. Young artists can add to the list of these silly critters as they laugh and share this pseudo-serious take on why things disappear.
Books illustrated by William Joyce
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