Wonderful Weirdos of Literature Series




This event officially came into being here on September 10, 2010, and will continue annually each Friday in September - or until the world runs out of kids' books with wonderfully weird characters (which is highly unlikely).

If you're curious as to how this thing got started, click on the link in the first sentence, and it will take you to the original post. If that doesn't answer all of your questions, please email me at bugsandbunnies (at) verizon (dot) net, and let me know what else you'd like to know.

And if you know of a book with wonderfully weird characters that you think is just perfect for inclusion in the Series, email and let me know that, too.

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Now that all of the explanatory stuff is out of the way, you probably want to get reading. Just click on any link below, and you'll be taken directly to the post for that installment. 


Installment #1, September 10, 2010 
Books discussed: Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen; A Whole Nother Story, as told by (The One and Only) Dr. Cuthbert Soup; Surviving the Applewhites, by Stephanie S. Tolan; How to Train Your Dragon, by Cressida Cowell; A Long Way from Chicago, by Richard Peck; The Mysterious Benedict Society, by Trenton Lee Stewart; Geronimo Stilton chapter book series, by Geronimo Stilton; Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein

Installment #2, September 17, 2010
Books discussed: Holes, by Louis Sachar; The Dark Days of Hamburger Halpin, by Josh Berk; Diary of a Wimpy Kid, by Jeff Kinney; The Adventures of Captain Underpants, by Dav Pilkey; Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by Roald Dahl 

Installment #3, September 24, 2010
Books discussed: Chester's Way, by Kevin Henkes; King Bidgood's in the Bathtub, by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood; Weird Parents, by Audrey Wood; Weirdos From Another Planet, by Bill Watterson; Here Be Monsters! by Alan Snow

Installment #4, September 2, 2011
Theme: Stinky in Name, Title or Deed
Books discussed: Stink, Solar System Superhero, by Megan McDonald, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds; Three Rotten Eggs, by Gregory Maguire, illustrated by Elaine Clayton; The Dirty Cowboy, by Amy Timberlake, illustrated by Adam Rex; Walter the Farting Dog, by William Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray, illustrated by Audrey Colman; The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales, by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith; Good Families Don't, by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Alan Daniel

Installment #5, September 16, 2011 
Theme: The Anthropomorphic
Books discussed: Chrysanthemum, by Kevin Henkes; Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse, by Kevin Henkes; Chick 'n' Pug, by Jennifer Sattler; Tacky the Penguin, by Helen Lester, illustrated by Lynn Munsinger; The Three Pigs, by David Wiesner; and The Emperor's New Clothes: An All-Star Illustrated Retelling of the Classic Fairy Tale (A Benefit for the Starbright Foundation), by various celebrities and artists

Installment #6, September 23, 2011
Theme: Magic
Books discussed: Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm, by Jerdine Nolen, illustrated by Mark Buehner; Magpie Gabbard and the Quest for the Buried Moon, by Sally M. Keehn; Hey, Al, by Arthur Yorinks, illustrated by Richard Egielski; Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes, by Jonathan Auxier; Tuesday, by David Wiesner; The Wee Free Men: A Tiffany Aching Adventure, by Terry Pratchett

Installment #7, September 30, 2011 
Theme: Characters Who Just Might Remind You of Someone You Know
Books discussed: Arthur, For the Very First Time, by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrations by Lloyd Bloom; Another Whole Nother Story, As told by (The Incomparable) Dr. Cuthbert Soup; Fish, by Gregory Mone; Franny B. Kranny, There's a Bird in Your Hair! by Harriet Lerner and Susan Goldhor, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury; The Napping House, by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood; Love, Ruby Lavender, by Deborah Wiles

Installment #8, September 7, 2012
Theme: Classics...and Classic Twists
Books discussed: Kenny and the Dragon, written and illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi; I, Crocodile, written and illustrated by Fred Marcellino; Frog and Toad Together, written and illustrated by Arnold Lobel; The House on East 88th Street, written and illustrated by Bernard Waber; The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-Be, written and illustrated by Mini Grey

Installment #9, September 14, 2012
Theme: Strange Goings-On
Books discussed: To Catch a Mermaid, by Suzanne Selfors; The Apothecary, by Maile Meloy, with illustrations by Ian Schoenherr; Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, by Ransom Riggs; The Twits, written by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake; Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, written by Judi Barrett, and drawn by Ron Barrett

Installment #10, September 21, 2012
Theme: She Marches to the Beat of a Different Drummer
Books Discussed: The Higher Power of Lucky, written by Susan Patron, illustrated by Matt Phelan; Savvy, by Ingrid Law; Silly Sally, written and illustrated by Audrey Wood; The Amelia Bedelia Treasury: Three Books by Peggy Parish, illustrated by Fritz Siebel and Barbara Siebel Thomas; The Mousehunter, written and illustrated by Alex Milway 

Installment #11, September 28, 2012 
Theme: Activism, Or: Something to Believe In
Books Discussed: CLICK, CLACK, MOO Cows That Type, written by Doreen Cronin, pictures by Betsy Lewin; That Girl Lucy Moon, by Amy Timberlake; Neversink, by Barry Wolverton, with drawings by Sam Nielson; Chomp, by Carl Hiaasen; Here Lies the Librarian, by Richard Peck

Installment #12, September 6, 2013
Theme: Odd Ducks
Books Discussed: Max's Chocolate Chicken, written and illustrated by Rosemary Wells; Moosetache, written by Margie Palatini, illustrated by Henry Cole; Philadelphia Chickens: A Too-Illogical Zoological Musical Revue, written, illustrated and directed by Sandra Boynton; Wind in the Willows, written by Kenneth Grahame, illustrated by Ernest H. Shepard

Installment #13, September 13, 2013
Theme: Outliers
Books Discussed: Liar and Spy, written by Rebecca Stead; Stargirl, written by Jerry Spinelli; The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, written and illustrated by Bill Watterson; The Adventures of Captain Underpants, The First Epic Novel, written and illustrated by Dav Pilkey

Installment #14, September 20, 2013
Theme: Orphans in Odd Situations
Books Discussed: Fly By Night, written by Frances Hardinge; Dodger, written by Terry Pratchett; The Magician's Elephant, written by Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Yoko Tanaka; The BFG, written by Roald Dahl, illustrated by Quentin Blake

Installment #15, September 27, 2013
Theme: Out of this World
Books Discussed: Liesl and Po, written by Lauren Oliver, illustrated by Kei Acedera; Sir Fartsalot Hunts the Booger, written by Kevin Bolger, illustrated by Stephen Gilpin; The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, written by Catherynne M. Valente, illustrated by Ana Juan; A Hat Full of Sky, written by Terry Pratchett
 

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New installments will be added as they are posted (every Friday in September).