Picture Books for Adults

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Picture Books for Adults

Catching up on children's literature

If you are an adult and you don't spend much time with children, it's probably been years since you've even thought about picture books. We all have our favorites from childhood, but as time goes on, so does the world of new children's literature. Here are a few recent books you won't regret spending some time with. They only take a couple minutes to read, and they're great mood enhancers - so don't be embarrassed to read them on Metro! 

I Want My Hat Back by Jon Klassen
A deliciously dark who-dunnit. Just a really funny book. Get to know Jon Klassen.

This Is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen
The sequel to I Want My Hat Back, this time in the murky depths of the sea. Will this sinister fish get his comeuppance?

I Stink! by Kate and Jim McMullan
The cover makes me laugh every time. As a narrative, it's not the most engaging story. But you might learn a thing or two about garbage trucks. 

Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers
A great tale of adventure and friendship. Beautifully illustrated. 

This Moose Belongs To Me by Oliver Jeffers
Another adventure of an oddly-drawn boy out in beautifully rendered scenery. A fine lesson in friendship and acceptance.

Zen Shorts by Jon Muth
A wise panda, Stillwater, meets three children and tells them ancient folk tales. Reading this whimsical book has the effect of a guided meditation. 

Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan
A boy learns the rules, both broad and specific, for avoiding disaster in the summer time. 

The Boy from the Sun by Duncan Weller
Three mopey kids have their outlook on life completely turned around after an encounter with a strange extra-terrestrial visitor. This book renders nearly every adult self-help book superfluous with its use of realistic illustrations to reveal the wonder of the natural world.

Robot Zot by Jon Scieszka
The intrepid invader from space lands on Earth intent on vanquishing all enemies. Jon Scieszka is reliably funny. Remember The Stinky Cheese Man? Same author. 

Fly Guy vs. the Fly Swatter by Tedd Arnold
A funny series of books with three-act plots. In this installment, the unlikely hero, Fly Guy, battles a destructive and heartless industrial corporation. Who will emerge victorious?