Last month I established the Blogettes Funny Prize and we received some wonderful nominations. I was thrilled to see a mix of big presses and small presses, well-known and lesser-known, as well as collaborations and author-illustrators.
Now today, I am opening up the voting for the FIRST ANNUAL BLOGETTES FUNNY PRIZE!
Place your vote by commenting below with the title of your choice. Please only vote once.
The nominees are as follows:
Mustache Baby by Bridget Heos, illustrated by Joy Ang
(Clarion Books, May 2013)
Nominated for it's unique and clever twist on an evergreen idea. Laugh out loud funny with every page turn.
When Baby Billy is born with a mustache, his family takes it in stride. They are reassured when he nobly saves the day in imaginary-play sessions as a cowboy or cop and his mustache looks good-guy great. But as time passes, their worst fears are confirmed when little Billy’s mustache starts to curl up at the ends in a suspiciously villainous fashion. Sure enough, “Billy’s disreputable mustache led him into a life of dreadful crime.”
Too Much Glue by Jason Lefebvre, illustrated by Zac Retz
(Flashlight Press, Sept 2013)
Nominated based on its funny pictures and text, in addition to depicting a wonderful father-son relationship.
Although Matty’s art teacher has warned him that too much glue never dries, Matty loves glue. After all, he and his dad make oodles of glue projects at home. One day during art class, Matty finds the fullest bottles of glue, and the fun begins. With a squeeze and a plop, Matty pours a lake of glue before belly-flopping right in the middle and finds himself stuck to the desk. When Matty’s dad arrives at the school, instead of being mad, he celebrates his son’s creativity and calls him a work of art.
How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mark Fearing
(Dial, April 2013)
Nominated based on it's a twist on the picky eater story. Also a great read aloud for parents.
Martha HATES green beans. When some mean, green bandits stroll into town, anyone who ever said "Eat your green beans" is in big trouble. But when the beans kidnap Martha's parents, Martha is forced to take action. She can think of only one way to stop the villainous veggies from taking over her town, and it’s not pretty...or tasty.
Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, illustrated by Matthew Myers
(Simon & Schuster, October 2013)
Nominated for its ground-breaking mix of naughty and funny.
When Alex gets a silly, sappy picture book called Birthday Bunny, he picks up a pencil and turns it into something he'd like to read: Battle Bunny. An adorable rabbit's journey through the forest becomes a secret mission to unleash an evil plan--a plan that only Alex can stop.
That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems
(Balzer + Bray, April 2013)
Nominated because who can NOT love the humor of Mo Willems?
One day, a very hungry fox meets a very plump goose. A dinner invitation is offered.
Will dinner go as planned? Or do the dinner plans involve a secret ingredient?
Thank you to all who nominated these books. Now, warm up those funny bones and get to reading. Spread the word! Voting closes on Monday, March 24th at midnight EST.
In previous chapters Marcie Colleen has been a teacher and theatre educator, but now she splits her days between chasing the Picture Book Writer dream and chasing toddlers on the playground as a nanny. Both
are equally glamorous!
Her blog, The Write Routine and her Teacher’s Guides, can be found at www.thisismarciecolleen.com. You can
also follow her on Twitter. Additionally, Marcie is the Education Consultant for Picture Book Month.
She contributes the 4th Friday of the month, as a Blogette, right here, posting on humor in picture books.
Marcie lives with her fiancé and their mischievous sock monkey in Brooklyn, NYC.
2/28/2014 04:42:52 am
HOW MARTHA SAVED HER PARENTS FROM GREEN BEANS! (My kids have read it a bazillion times...which must mean it's the funniest)
2/28/2014 04:49:39 am
Definitely LaRochelle's Martha and the Green Beans!
2/28/2014 05:16:05 am
MUSTACHE BABY all the way. That last spread cracks me up every time!
2/28/2014 02:26:01 pm
How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans...LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book! Amazing author, too- interviewed him on my blog! :)
2/28/2014 08:54:04 pm
I love all of these books Marcie! Gah! How do I choose? I will go with MUSTACHE BABY, because that last spread is hilarious!
2/28/2014 10:37:55 pm
I loved Battle Bunny but haven't read the others yet...I will soon remedy that though. :) My favorite books are funny ones, the more dryly funny (like This Is Not My Hat or Stuck), the better.
3/3/2014 12:34:03 am
MUSTACHE BABY- the word play is hilarious!
3/3/2014 02:55:51 am
My favorite: How Martha Saved Her Parents from Green Beans by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Mark Fearing
3/4/2014 10:05:42 pm
Too Much Glue...A picture is worth a thousand words and I do love the story line.
3/17/2014 02:31:12 am
My daughter loves MUSTACHE BABY!
3/17/2014 08:06:45 am
Mustache Baby wins by a hair :-)
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