Currently my daughter's school is having a Scholastic Book Fair, and I don't want to be a complete downer when it comes to Scholastic (it's totally important to encourage kids to read), but most of the books they are selling aren't very good. They just seem like a really gross and obvious way advertise whatever movie or cartoon the book is about. The writing is rarely passable in those "movie" books and I just can't bring myself to let them in the house, let alone read them to my 4 and 6 year old. I guess you could call me a "children's book snob," which is totally and completely true. But because of my snobbishness I have found some truly fantastic books for kids; the distinguishing factors usually being great artwork and witty writing, both of which Calef Brown has by the bucket load. Plus I'm always a sucker for nonsense rhymes.
"The Polkabats are on the loose,
a flapping flock of flying fury.
All the spotted bats are out
(except the ones of jury duty).
Loudly screeching nasty words
to scare the birds
while dropping smelly polka-turds
on people down below."