Humor books for kindergartners

Help your child try on wings like Lulu the Ladybug Girl or read silly verse in these fun books for the kindergarten set.

By GreatSchools Staff

Ladybug Girl

Ladybug Girl

Ladybug Girl, by Jackie Davis, iIllustrated by David Soman
Dial Books (2008), $16.99
/ IndieBoundPowell's

Everybody's busy: Lulu's older brother won't let her tag along because she is too little, and Mom and Dad don't have time. What's a girl to do? Enter Lulu's alter ego: Ladybug Girl. Complete with wings and a ladybug polka-dot skirt, Ladybug Girl and her faithful sidekick, the family basset hound that is never too busy, go off on their own adventures saving the yard from danger. With wonderful illustrations accompanying the hilarious text, Ladybug Girl is one of my favorite picture books and a riotous read. 40 pages.

Kepler's Books

Bartholomew and the Oobleck

Bartholomew and the Oobleck, by Dr. Seuss
Random House Books for Young Readers (1949), $14.95
Amazon / IndieBound / Powell's

Hilarious Seussian text and zany pictures to match — a great pleasure to read aloud. This book questions the wisdom of tampering with nature and may prompt discussions about weather. The merits of apologizing are pointed out through well-crafted writing. 48 pages.

Common Sense Media

Bea & Mr. Jones

Bea & Mr. Jones

Bea & Mr. Jones, by Amy Schwartz
Harcourt (2006), $13.95
Amazon / IndieBound / Powell's

This reissue about a father/daughter switch (he's tired of his job in advertising; she's tired of kindergarten) is just as fresh and funny as it when it was first published 24 years ago. A new generation of parents and children will welcome the return of its tart humor and expressive, detailed pencil illustrations. 32 pages.

Parents' Choice

King Bidgood's in the Bathtub

King Bidgood's in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood (Harcourt Children's Books, 1985)
$17, Amazon / IndieBound / Powell's

Audrey Wood has created a hilarious read-aloud. Children of all ages can relate to the fact that King Bidgood is having so much fun in his bathtub that he doesn't want to leave — but who will run the kingdom? The rhythmic, repetitious writing simply begs for children to chant along, "King Bidgood's in the bathtub, and he won't get out!"

Jennifer Thompson

Julius, the Baby of the World

Julius, the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes (Greenwillow Books, 1995)
$6.99, Amazon / IndieBound / Powell's

When Lily found out she was going to be a big sister, she was the best big sister in the world. But after Julius was born, it was a different story. "Trust me. Babies are dreadful," a new Lily says candidly. While child and adult readers laugh aloud, Kevin Henkes works his text and pictures to a more-than-reasonably happy conclusion. 32 pages.

Parents' Choice

The Pout-Pout Fish

The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen, illustrated by Dan Hanna (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008)
$16.99, Amazon / IndieBound / Powell's

First-time picture book author Deborah Diesen's splashy, colorful debut is an empathetic swim through the currents of those "dreary-wearies" that make the Pout-Pout Fish pout.

With a seemingly permanent grouchy countenance, Mr. Fish encounters numerous friends, like Mr. Jelly, Mr. Eight (the octopus), and Mrs. Squid, who ask him with playful rhymes why he can't turn his frown upside-down. The answer from Mr. Fish is delightful and a sure crowd pleaser: "I'm a pout-pout fish/With a pout-pout face/So I spread the dreary-wearies/All over the place!/BLUB/BLUUUB/BLUUUUUB."

Luckily Mr. Fish has lots of undersea friends to reassure him that he shouldn't be so grumpy, but it takes a kissy-kissy fish to rid Mr. Fish of his dreary-wearies for good. Delightful, vibrant, and colorful illustrations with smart, fun rhymes and a refrain kids will recite over and over. A great book for audience participation or one-on-one to help cheer up little pouters. 32 pages.

Pauline Harris

The Secret Life of Walter Kitty

The Secret Life of Walter Kitty

The Secret Life of Walter Kitty, by Barbara Jean Hicks, illustrated by Dan Santat (Alfred A. Knopf, 2007)
$16.99, Amazon / IndieBound Powell's

Have you ever wondered what goes on in your cat's mind? I don't think this book quite answers the question, but it does start you thinking. This is an amusing take on the inner life of one Walter Kitty (aka "Fang"), loosely styled after the famous short story by James Thurber. Great, active illustrations help support the funny narrative. One of my favorite parts is when Walter talks about how much he helps out around the house when he is actually making a big mess and frustrating his owners. Kids don't have to be cat owners or feline devotees to appreciate this book, as they will easily identify with the rich, inner world of Walter's make-believe exploits. 40 pages.

Kepler's Books