Be prepared to laugh today! Please welcome my guest authors today, Kirsti Call and Corey Rosen Schwartz, with her hilarious list of funny (and punny!) picture books! They are the authors of Mootilda’s Bad Mood! We are giving away a signed copy with stickers! Please fill out the Rafflecopter at the bottom to enter.
Mootilda’s Bad Mood by Kirsti Call and Corey Rosen Schwartz, illustrated by Claudia Ranucci
Mootilda’s in a bad mooood! She wakes up on the wrong side of the barn and experiences one ca-lamb-ity after another. She skips and trips and spills milk everywhere. She tries to alley-oop but misses the hoop, and there’s a big crash at the chicken coop. Her day has been terri-bull! Is there any way Mootilda can turn her bad mooood around? [picture book, ages 3 and up]
What do you call a cow that can’t produce milk? A milk dud.
We adore wordplay. It’s a great way to inspire kids and help them develop a love of language. As authors, we relish the challenge of finding the perfect pun. Enter Mootilda. The rest is history…ahem, or more appropriately–HERstory.
Mootilda wakes up on the wrong side of the barn and experiences one cow-tastrophe after another. She tries everything to cheer up, but her bad MOOOOOOD es-cow-lates instead. It’s only when she realizes that the chickens are having a bad day that she discovers she can cow-miserate and help everyone feel better.
To celebrate the release of MOOTILDA’S BAD MOOD, we’re sharing eight other punny picture books that are sure to make you giggle.
8 Punny Picture Books
7 Ate 9: The Untold Story and The Upper Case by Tara Lazar and Ross MacDonald
You can count on witty wordplay on every page of these hilarious whodunits. In the first book, 6 believes that 7 ate 9 and is worried that his own days are numbered. In the sequel, all the capital letters have gone missing from Capital City. Private I puts 2 and 2 together to solve both mysteries. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Love, Triangle by Marcie Colleen and Bob Shea
We were hooked the moment we read the title of this book. Circle and Square are best friends until Triangle comes along. Now their friendship is bent out of shape. With clever puns and adorable art, this is a fun introduction to geometry. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Chopsticks by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Scott Magoon
Many of Amy Krouse Rosenthal’s books include wordplay, but this one’s the punniest. Chopsticks are attached at the hip. But one day they come to a fork in the road and have to figure out how to function apart. This is a whimsical story of sticking together and striking out on your own. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Zombie In Love by Kelly DiPucchio and Scott Campbell
Mortimer the zombie is dying to make a love connection. Well, all of his attempts are dead ends, he almost stops searching for the perfect ghoul. But he perseveres and finds love at first bite! This quirky story with its well-placed puns is filled with humor and heart. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies by Jorge Lacera and Megan Lacera
Another zombie book that kids will devour is Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies. Mo’s parents insist he stick to zombie cuisine–arm-panadas and finger foods, but Mo only finds vegetables tantalizing. This delectable tale is filled with puns both in the text and the art. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Goodnight Veggies by Diana Murray and Zachoriah Ohora
Veggies are ripe with opportunities for punny humor. Corn covers its ears, potatoes close their eyes and cabbage nods its head in this delicious bedtime story. [picture book, ages 2 and up]
Super Rooster Saves the Day by Maureen Wright and Rob McClurkan
Nothing cracks us up more than an eggcellent farm pun. And there is no shortage of eggsamples in Super Rooster Saves the Day. Ralph the rooster is intent on becoming a real superhero but struggles to find his superpower. Everything is cock a doodle dandy for Super Rooster when he discovers that believing in yourself is what makes someone truly heroic. [picture book, ages 3 and up]
Signed Copy of Mootilda’s Bad Mood with Stickers!
We are giving away a signed copy with stickers! Please fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter. We can only mail to U.S. and A.F.O. addresses.
Kirsti Call co-hosts the PICTURE BOOK LOOK podcast and co-runs ReFoReMo. She reads, reviews, revises and critiques every day as a 12×12 elf, a blogger for Writers’ Rumpus, and a member of critique groups. She’s judged the CYBILS award for fiction picture books since 2015. Kirsti’s picture book, MOOTILDA’S BAD MOOD (Little Bee) debuts fall 2020. COW SAYS MEOW (HMH) and COLD TURKEY (Little Brown) release in 2021. Kirsti is represented by Emma Sector at Prospect Agency. To learn more about Kirsti, please check out her website and follow her @kirsticall on Instagram, and Twitter, and (Kirstine Erekson Call) Facebook.
Corey Rosen Schwartz is the author of THE THREE NINJA PIGS and several other rhyming picture books and fractured fairy tales. Corey has no formal ninja training, but she sure can kick butt in Scrabble. She lives with three Knuckleheads in Warren, NJ.
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15 thoughts on “8 Punny Picture Books & GIVEAWAY!”
My favorites are all of Josh Funk’s books in his retellings of fairy tales.
I don’t really have a favorite pun book but as my grandchildren love puns I am eager to explore punny books with them.
Please enter me in the rafflecopter drawing. I already have Tara’s book, and I also, of course, have Zombies Don’t Eat Veggies (and there is a great song that goes with it, if I do say so myself,lol) but I would love any of the others. I like books with a message too. Funny with a message, yup. This was a good collection, I look forward to sharing. Stay well all.
I love picture books. I do what I can to spread that love to my students. They really enjoy the Click Clack Moo series. They find the main character, Duck hilarious.
What a great collection of books.
I’ve been looking for funny books to add to my list. Looking forward to reading these.
How funny are these books!! Thank you for a chance.
I love books that make us laugh and teach us about language.
“What are your favorite picture books with puns OR your favorite funny picture book?” “The Snuggle Is Real” by Frida Clements.
Thanks for the list. I’m familiar with most of them (and they’re great) and I’ll add the rest to my to-read list.
Oh, and my favorite punny picture book is Brave Potatoes by Toby Speed and Barry Root. (It’s out of print now, sadly.)
Be of our favorite funny picture books is Interrupting Chicken!
Our family’s favorite is The King Who Rained!
The Monster at the end of the Book was a favorite.
Our favorite funny picture book is The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood.