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Author Feature: Mo Willems

Looking for a laugh? Try something by the enigmatic Mo Willems. You probably know him for his series about Pigeons driving buses, or the Knuffle Bunny series, or maybe for his spectacular We are in a Book!. But did you know that he used to write for Sesame Street? Or that he once wrote to Charles Shultz and asked if he could take over writing Peanuts once he died?

Curious? You can read more about his Funny Failures, or maybe listen to one of his hilarious interviews.

Or better yet, come in and try some of his books for yourself!

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Because why have pigs when you could have dinosaurs?

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No seriously, they’re in a book. Just try not to laugh at their banana-tastic antics.

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That subtitle, though. Doesn’t that sound intriguing?

There are no pigeons featured in this post, but that’s just because they have their own website here.

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Did you know these kids books had movies? Or that the movies were based on books?

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert O’Brien

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Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, must move her family to their summer quarters immediately, or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma.

The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

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A brave mouse, a covetous rat, a wishful serving girl embark on a journey that will lead them down into a horrible dungeon, up into a glittering castle, and, ultimately, into each other’s lives.

Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg

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The game under the tree looked like a hundred others Peters and Judy had at home. But they were bored and restless and, looking for something interesting to do, thought they’d give Jumanji a try. Little did they know when they unfolded its ordinary-looking playing board that they were about to be plunged into the most exciting and bizzare adventure of their lives.

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Author Spotlight: David Wiesner

Up for an unusual read? Try something from American illustrator and writer of children’s books, David Wiesner, whose award-winning books are known for their rich, hand-painted pictures. His whimsical tales leap right from the page, even though they feature almost no text.

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Try Tuesday: that time frogs mysteriously started falling from the sky.

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Try Mr Wuffles!: who finds aliens much more interesting than his usual toys.

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Try Flotsam: because you never know what you’ll find on the beach.

Try these, and other books by David Wiesner in our picture book collection. Don’t let the genre dissuade you: these books are great reads at any age.

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