Are you someone who worries about being reasonable or doing things in a set way? This totally unreasonable book is a great example of writing and illustrating way out of the box.
Calef Brown, a wild and wacky fine artist/illustrator takes us on a wild romp through his imagination using vivid contemporary surreal language. The illustrations in "Polkabats and Octopus Slacks: 14 Stories" are equally as outrageous as the text with fun and fascinating color combinations, wild compositions and shapes, and painterly moves.
Two big takeaways in this:
1 Let your imagination go as wild as you want to create a thing of wonder and joy. Then come back and revise it to make it epically awesome in terms of craft as well. Kids love things that are full of wack and whimsy that don't necessarily always have to make sense.
2 I'm not sure if Brett Duquette said this or me, but I love telling my my students that you can create any universe you like, so long as it's consistent within that universe so it all fits together.
And even though this book of poems doesn't have a unifying theme like most poetry anthologies, it kind of does with humor.
And here's the video: