Wreck This Picture Book!
Don’t write in them. Don’t tear the pages. Don’t eat them. These are a few of the accepted “rules” of picture books, right?
But some books don’t follow these rules. And we love them for it.
I’ll share a few books that intentionally flaunt the rules, but I know there are more out there – let me know what I missed in the comments.
Title: Have I Got a Book for You! by Mélanie Watt
How It’s Wrecked: In a last ditch effort by the main character to get the reader to buy the book, he pulls out the “You break it, you buy it” move, revealing an intentionally torn last page.
Title: The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
How It’s Wrecked: The story is about a book eating boy. To illustrate the point, the back cover has a chomp out of it.
Title: Let Me Finish! by Minh Lê, illustrated by Isabel Roxas
How It’s Wrecked: In order to escape the horde of story spoilers, the main character tears through the page to escape.
Title: A Perfectly Messed-Up Story by Patrick McDonnell
How It’s Wrecked: Peanut butter, fingerprints, marker – a perfectly happy story keeps getting interrupted by a not-very-neat reader.
Title: Battle Bunny by Jon Scieszka and Mac Barnett, illustrated by Matt Myers
How It’s Wrecked: Presented as a gift book from grandmother, a kid takes Birthday Bunny and completely changes the story – pictures and all – with a pencil and wild imagination.
Thank you Keri Smith for the blog title inspiration.
Thank you Laurel Snyder for inspiring this post.
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About Travis Jonker
Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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