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I was quickly won over by this book which was more complex and seemingly adult. It was intricate and intriguing, made us both cry, and the switchback plot twists gave us something really interesting to talk about together. We loved it. It's only now when I try to describe it to parents in the children's room that I realize quite how odd the plot sounds.

It's not unusual for a story to involve dolls coming to life , but it's not often you find living rags obsessed with biblical numerology.



I've apparently kept a soft spot for the kind of children's fiction that is a little eyebrow-raising—maybe more intense or more philosophically bent or surreallist than you expect to find in the kids' room. Sometimes these books are really truly odd, but they can also be exquisitely written or beautifully drawn or just off-kilter in a very refreshing way amid all the cute bunnies and "just be yourself" morals. I'm reminded of this every year I'm on the children's book committee and we get one of those books in that makes us go "wow" though we're not sure where to put it.

And of course they're not all completely successful some are, some not quite , but they're definitely different.

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So, in the traditional librarian's mission of connecting every book to its reader and every reader to their book, here's a small collection of unusual, deep, existential, or really weird books, in the hope that somewhere out there is the reader who would appreciate that kind of thing. Amy's Eyes Richard Kennedy The one that started me off.

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A grand sea voyage, mysterious characters of surprising intent, unrequited love, singing frogs, biblical numerology and a character named Scurvy. You can still read the original New York Times review. Mouse Bird Snake Wolf David Almond An exquisitely written horror parable about what trouble humans can get into when left to their own imaginings. Amazingly conceived and sometimes odd illustrations that deftly portray the intangible. Also featuring a few lazy, self-satisfied, half-naked supreme beings. House of Dolls Francesca Lia Block Notable for sudden wrenching sentences, honest portrayals of the deep, mean bitterness of a sad little girl, and the transformative power of both losing and gaining love.

While the writing is at times stunning, it is intense, with sentences like : "war is being blinded and locked in a box, unable to see, hear, or touch you The Book of Everything Guus Kuijer The diary of an unusual boy facing serious hardships, seeing things such as the plagues that no one else can see, and wanting to be happy.

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The Only Ones Aaron Starmer Honestly not all that weird , just really an exceedingly cool science fiction mystery with a new take on certain paradoxes. I'm still getting over it not making our list two years ago. Manneken Pis Vladimir Radunsky Yes, he's peeing. That's how a young boy saves the town from fighting factions. A retold legend. The Mighty Asparagus Vladimir Radunsky Wacky pictures tell of an asparagus that does not want to move, and the king who really really wants it to. Mimi the creative cat finds her place as a devotee of the famous random artist.

Meet at the Ark at Eight Ulrich Hub Three penguins bat around the nature of God, good and evil, and forgiveness on the Antarctic ice and then in the belly of Noah's Ark, where they must hide the smuggled-in third penguin from the overworked overseer Dove. Illustrations by the always marvelous Lane Smith. The Swan's Child Sjoerd Kuyper A baby appears on the back of a swan in a small harbor town and is raised through grief and joy by the kind animals who live there.


Submitted by Ed Sullivan not verified on July 16, - pm. Submitted by Michael Hearn, But I offer a valuable counterpoint to the ravages of the arrested male psyche as thematically embodied in Gordo.

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Once you see that I am able to keep my head above water, then the fact that Gordo cannot do the same seems all the more poignant and whatnot. I mean, Gordo just keeps putting himself in a lake of fire.

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At the end of the day, everybody poops. And some of us poop in the morning, too. But I could have been in it, if the writer had really wanted a foil-on-foil smackdown.

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Because Ericfoil would have handled that scene totally differently from Gordofoil. But at the time of the incident, I was actually at a Bikram class, where I did my first-ever crane pose. Guess not. Cuz this brother is living at Washington D. Oh, the beardy guy at the end of the book, around page , when Amy rides home from the movies on the bus and sees the oh pear and is, like, oh no, oh pear?

No foil capacity whatsoever. Nice work, dude. Keep up all the pygmalioning, yo.

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