A Hungry Lion or A Dwindling Assortment of Animals by Lucy Ruth Cummins
This recommendation came from one of my coworkers, who passed the book around to everyone working in the Central Youth and Family Services office. It does not have the type of art that usually draws me in, but it had a story that did. The plot is exactly what the title suggests. In a room with a hungry lion, many animals begin to disappear. The suspense builds to a sinister moment…and then something unexpected happens. The story is goofy, it uses suspense in surprising ways, and it makes good use of alliteration, repetition and black/blank pages. Before I read this book, my coworker gave me reading advice for this story that I thought was a spoiler. Since it ended up not being a spoiler, and instead just a keen observation, I am going to give the same advice to you: watch the turtle.
Creepy Carrots by Aaron Reynolds
Creepy Carrots knows how to set a mood. With black and white art, it is easy to tell this book wants to set a creepy, eerie tone. One of my coworkers recommended Creepy Carrots, and I definitely appreciate the suggestion because this book shows that young children’s literature and horror is a possible combination. Jasper Rabbit greedily eats masses of carrots from Crackenhopper Field. That changes when Jasper notices some of the carrots might be following him… What happens as Jasper reacts to the creepy carrots is shocking, and makes every moment of this book worth reading.
Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood
Interstellar Cinderella rhymes. Aside from the vocabulary, rhyming is the most notable feature of the book. Creative vocabulary choices include newly invented tools: cosmicalipers, ion tethers, googol gauges, Herschel converters, flux compressors and many more examples, found inside the story and on the inside cover pages. While it is obviously a Cinderella adaptation, the repurposing of the plot points are so clever that the inclusion of the Cinderella name is almost unnecessary. This Cinderella story is in outer space. Cinderella herself is a talented engineer who fixes spaceships. The art is fantastic and suitable for the science fiction environment. If you enjoy reading fairy tale adaptations, this story is weird in many places, but ultimately worth your time.