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Author Archive: "Gigi Little"

My Teacher Is a Monster! (No, I Am Not.)

Bobby's teacher is a monster! I mean, just look at her! So, what happens when he finds her in his favorite spot in the park? Keep your eye on Peter Brown's hilarious and subtly morphing illustrations in this lovely book about friendship and the way we see each other.

The Numberlys

In the pre-alphabet era, numbers are enough, but what happens when five friends start inventing letters? Joyce's Numberly world is an Art Deco masterpiece, mixing rich old-Hollywoodesque black-and-whites with cheery colors to tell an imaginative tale about language, creativity, and unexpected jelly beans.

The Pigeon Needs a Bath!

"I feel clean," the pigeon says. "Maybe YOU need a bath!" Kids and grown-ups alike will laugh out loud at this hilarious tale about a dirty, stinky, stubborn, argumentative, and completely lovable pigeon who will do anything to avoid taking a bath.

I Loved You More

No one is better than Tom Spanbauer at exposing the hidden pain inside us. In I Loved You More, he reaches even deeper, plumbing the terror of death, love, AIDS, cancer, propinquity, and the complex business of being a man in the world.


Sparky the sloth can play dead! He can also do countless other tricks! Like play dead! And sleep! With lovely, quirky illustrations, Sparky! is a sweet, quiet, funny story about coming to love someone even when they don’t turn out to be who you expected.

29 Myths on the Swinster Pharmacy

Is something nefarious happening at the Swinster Pharmacy? Snicket doesn’t tell, but the clues offered by our narrators are just the right kind of weird to keep things interesting in this ambiguously sinister, quietly wacky tribute to the intrigue of ordinary things.

It Wasn’t Me (Hueys #2)

This group of roly-poly, egg-shaped weirdos can't stop fighting. They fight over who started the fighting. They fight so long they can't remember what the fighting is about. In Oliver Jeffers's hilarious picture book, all the fighting will just make you love the Hueys even more.

To Sell Is Human

Daniel Pink is as engaging and accessible as ever as he offers fascinating insights into the subject of "selling" — both in the traditional sense and in the way we, as humans, constantly "sell" in our daily lives. Hint: it happens much more often than you think.

A Simplified Map of the Real World

Stevan Allred's linked short story collection about the complicated, flawed folks in the fictional rural town of Renata, Oregon, is smart, funny, and heartbreaking. With its people and its peculiarities, Renata is a place I found hard to leave after the last page.

Battle Bunny

In Battle Bunny, young Alex lovingly defaces Birthday Bunny, the book his grandma gave him. Balloons turn into bombs; a bowl of "Carrot Crispies" turns into "Greasy Guts." It's a hilarious send-up of classic children's books, infused with a real kid's imagination.

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