Welcome to the Bugs and Bunnies Wonderful Weirdos of Literature Series!
This event officially came into being here on September 10, 2010, and will continue annually each Friday in September - or until the world runs out of kids' books with wonderfully weird characters (which is highly unlikely).
If you're curious as to how this thing got started, click on the link in the first sentence, and it will take you to the original post. If that doesn't answer all of your questions, please email me at bugsandbunnies (at) verizon (dot) net, and let me know what else you'd like to know.
And if you know of a book with wonderfully weird characters that you think is just perfect for inclusion in the Series, email and let me know that, too.
- - -Now that all of the explanatory stuff is out of the way, you probably want to get reading. Just click on any link below, and you'll be taken directly to the post for that installment.
Installment #1, September 10, 2010
Books discussed: Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen; A Whole Nother Story, as told by (The One and Only) Dr. Cuthbert Soup; Surviving the Applewhites, by Stephanie S. Tolan; How to Train Your Dragon, by Cressida Cowell; A Long Way from Chicago, by Richard Peck; The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart; Geronimo Stilton chapter book series, by Geronimo Stilton; Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein
Installment #2, September 17, 2010
Books discussed: Holes, by Louis Sachar; The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin, by Josh Berk; Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney; The Adventures of Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl
Installment #3, September 24, 2010
Books discussed: Chester's Way, by Kevin Henkes; King Bidgood's in the Bathtub, by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood; Weird Parents, by Audrey Wood; Weirdos From Another Planet, by Bill Watterson; Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow
Installment #4, September 2, 2011
Theme: Stinky in Name, Title or Deed
Books discussed: Stink, Solar System Superhero, by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds; Three Rotten Eggs, by Gregory Maguire, illustrated by Elaine Clayton; The Dirty Cowboy, by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Adam Rex; Walter the Farting Dog, by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray, illustrated by Audrey Colman; The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith; Good Families Don't, by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Alan Daniel
Installment #5, September 16, 2011
Theme: The Anthropomorphic
Books discussed: Chrysanthemum, by Kevin Henkes; Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, by Kevin Henkes; Chick 'n' Pug, by Jennifer Sattler; Tacky the Penguin, by Helen Lester, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger; The Three Pigs, by David Wiesner; and The Emperor's New Clothes: An All-Star Illustrated Retelling of the Classic Fairy Tale (A Benefit for the Starbright Foundation), by various celebrities and artists
Installment #6, September 23, 2011
Books discussed: Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm, by Jerdine Nolen, illustrated by Mark Buehner; Magpie Gabbard and the Quest for the Buried Moon, by Sally M. Keehn; Hey, Al, by Arthur Yorinks, illustrated by Richard Egielski; Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier; Tuesday, by David Wiesner; The Wee Free Men: A Tiffany Aching Adventure, by Terry Pratchett
Installment #7, September 30, 2011
Theme: Characters Who Just Might Remind You of Someone You Know
Books discussed: Arthur, For the Very First Time, by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrations by Lloyd Bloom; Another Whole Nother Story, As told by (The Incomparable) Dr. Cuthbert Soup; Fish, by Gregory Mone; Franny B. Kranny, There's a Bird in Your Hair! by Harriet Lerner and Susan Goldhor, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; The Napping House, by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood; Love, Ruby Lavender, by Deborah Wiles
Installment #8, September 7, 2012
Theme: Classics...and Classic Twists
Books discussed: Kenny & the Dragon, written and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi; I, Crocodile, written and illustrated by Fred Marcellino; Frog and Toad Together, written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel; The House on East 88th Street, written and illustrated by Bernard Waber; The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-Be, written and illustrated by Mini Grey
Installment #9, September 14, 2012
Theme: Strange Goings-On
Books discussed: To Catch a Mermaid, by Suzanne Selfors; The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy, with illustrations by Ian Schoenherr; Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs; The Twits, written by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake; Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, written by Judi Barrett, and drawn by Ron Barrett
Installment #10, September 21, 2012
Theme: She Marches to the Beat of a Different Drummer
Books Discussed: The Higher Power of Lucky, written by Susan Patron, illustrated by Matt Phelan; Savvy, by Ingrid Law; Silly Sally, written and illustrated by Audrey Wood; The Amelia Bedelia Treasury: Three Books by Peggy Parish, illustrated by Fritz Siebel and Barbara Siebel Thomas; The Mousehunter, written and illustrated by Alex Milway
Installment #11, September 28, 2012
Theme: Activism, Or: Something to Believe In
Books Discussed: CLICK, CLACK, MOO Cows That Type, written by Doreen Cronin, pictures by Betsy Lewin; That Girl Lucy Moon, by Amy Timberlake; Neversink, by Barry Wolverton, with drawings by Sam Nielson; Chomp, by Carl Hiaasen; Here Lies the Librarian, by Richard Peck
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New installments will be added as they are posted (every Friday in September).