Sophisticated Picture Books

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"The Day the Crayons Quit", by Drew Daywalt, illustrated by Oliver Jeffers - 	Poor Duncan just wants to colour in. But when he opens his box of crayons, he only finds letters, all saying the same thing: We quit! Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown, Blue needs a break from colouring in all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other. What is Duncan to do? (See also "The Day the Crayons Came…

Tip van Girma: De krijtjes staken - Drew Daywalt/Oliver Jeffers.

"The Three Ninja Pigs", by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Dan Santat.  In this twist on "The Three Little Pigs" tale, Pig One and Two neglect their ninja school martial arts training and are no match for the wolf, but Pig Three's practice and dedication saves the day.

K-Gr this fractured fairy tale, three little pigs are portrayed as frustrated siblings fed up with a wolf that loves to huff and puff and blow houses down.

"Remember that November", by Jennifer Beck and Lindy Fisher.  It's almost Guy Fawkes Night, and at the school speech competition Andy talks about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. The children cheer excitedly, thinking Andy will win the contest. But then, Aroha gets up, wearing a white feather in her hair, and tells the story of another fifth of November - the invasion of Parihaka in 1881.  Published in Māori as: Maumahara ki tērā Nōema.

"Remember that November", by Jennifer Beck and Lindy Fisher. It's almost Guy Fawkes Night, and at the school speech competition Andy talks about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. The children cheer excitedly, thinking Andy will win the contest. But then, Aroha gets up, wearing a white feather in her hair, and tells the story of another fifth of November - the invasion of Parihaka in 1881. Published in Māori as: Maumahara ki tērā Nōema.

"The Odious Ogre", by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer.  This is the story of a really rotten Ogre who terrorizes the entire countryside and all the surrounding towns, wreaking havoc, sowing confusion, and dining happily on the hapless citizens. But then he takes a wrong turn and encounters a kind and friendly young lady who does her best to help him - with a surprising result.

Provides educators with resources and recommendations for using picture books with upper elementary and middle school students.

"The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs", by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith.  You thought you knew the story of the "The Three Little Pigs"... You thought wrong. Alexander T. Wolf tells his own outlandish version of what really happens during his encounter with the three pigs.

Fishpond Australia, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Lane Smith (Illustrated ) Jon Scieszka. Buy Books online: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, ISBN Lane Smith (Illustrated by) Jon Scieszka

"The little refugee", by Anh Do and Suzanne Do ; illustrated by Bruce Whatley - Anh Do nearly didn't make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. It was a dangerous journey, with murderous pirates and terrifying storms, but they managed to survive. Life in suburban Australia was also hard for a small boy with no English and funny lunches.

The Little Refugee : The Inspiring True Story of Australia's Happiest Refugee - Anh Do

"The Cronicles of Harris Burdick, illustrated by Chris van Allsburg, various authors -  		A collection of fantastic stories based on the mesmerising illustrations of van Allsburg's "The Mysteries of Harris Burdick". Writers include: van Allsburg,  Lemony Snicket, Jon Scieszka, Sherman Alexie, Gregory Maguire, Jules Feiffer, Walter Dean Myers, Lois Lowry, Kate DiCamillo, Louis Sachar, and Stephen King.

Renowned storytellers share tales inspired by the thought-provoking illustrations in Chris Van Allsburg's "The Mysteries of Harris Burdick," including Kate DiCamillo, Lois Lowry, Stephen King, and Jon Scieszka.

"The Day No One Was Angry", by Toon Tellegen, illustrated by Marc Boutavant - divine long text picture book, with 12 interconnected stories that explore anger in all its shapes and sizes. For all ages.

"The Day No One Was Angry", by Toon Tellegen, illustrated by Marc Boutavant - divine long text picture book, with 12 interconnected stories that explore anger in all its shapes and sizes.

"Henry's Freedom Box", by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson.  A fictionalized account of how in 1849 a Virginia slave, Henry "Box" Brown, escapes to freedom by shipping himself in a wooden crate from Richmond to Philadelphia.

Henrys Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad: Ellen Levine, Kadir Nelson: Non-fiction Picture Book. Boy named Henry mails himself to freedom. Teach about civil war history.

"Milk goes to School", by Terry Border.  Milk goes to school and has a hard time making friends with the other food classmates.

Milk Goes To School (Book) : Border, Terry : Milk goes to school and has a hard time making friends with the other food classmates.

"Willy's Stories", by Anthony Browne.  Where will Willy's imagination take him next? Once a week, Willy walks through an ordinary-looking set of doors and straight into an adventure.

Willy's Stories~ Anthony Browne offers a glimpse at ten classic tales with the help of a library-loving chimp.

"Nelson Mandela", by Kadir Nelson.  A biography of the former South African president best known for his political activism and fight to end apartheid.

Kadir Nelson -- The Story of the Negro League, Nelson Mandela, Heart and Soul.picture books, but many aimed at older kids

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