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Animals and Humor for Early Elementary

When you combine a love of animals with an appreciation for good humor, what do you get? A lot of great things to read! For readers who love Elephant and Piggie and Pig the Pug, here is a selection of fiction and nonfiction to keep you laughing.

Llama destroys the world by Jonathan Stutzman
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Eating too much pie causes Llama to rip his dancing pants, opening a black hole and threatening the entire universe. Check out more books by Jonathan Stutzman.

I'm Trying to Love Spiders will help you see these amazing arachnids in a whole new light, from their awesomely excessive eight eyes to the seventy-five pounds of bugs a spider can eat in a single year! Bethany Barton also tackles bees in a humorous and welcoming way.

Gaston by Kelly DiPucchio

This is the story of four puppies: Fi-Fi, Foo-Foo, Ooh-La-La, and Gaston. Gaston works the hardest at his lessons on how to be a proper pooch. He sips--never slobbers! He yips--never yaps! And he walks with grace--never races! Gaston fits right in with his poodle sisters. But then he meets someone and begins questioning whether he belongs.

A hilarious, fact-tastic picture book about the coolest creatures you've never heard of. Find out all about the amazing animals you need to know but never get to see, from the numbat to the zorilla, and everything in between. And if you like this one, there are Even More Lesser Spotted Animals.

Wolfie the bunny by Ame Dyckman

When her parents find a baby wolf on their doorstep and decide to raise him as their own, Dot is certain he will eat them all up until a surprising encounter with a bear brings them closer together. Ame Dyckman has several stories featuring both animals and a somewhat acidic sense of humor.

The truth about hawks by Maxwell Eaton

The entire Truth About Your Favorite Animals series is full of facts and jokes that will keep you learning and laughing.

I lost my tooth! by Mo Willems

After Mo Willems completed the Elephant and Piggie series, he did not rest. Both Unlimited Squirrels and Elephant and Piggie Like Reading continue the old fun in new ways.

The cockroach by Elise Gravel

Hilarious illustrated non-fiction about cockroaches. You'll bug out over this perfect pairing of humorous text and funny illustrations about this insect that's been around for over 335 million years! But that's not all. You can learn more about all kids of Disgusting Critters in this series by Elise Gravel.

Mercy Watson to the rescue by Kate DiCamillo

After Mercy the pig snuggles to sleep with the Watsons, all three awaken with the bed teetering on the edge of a big hole in the floor. You can read more about Mercy Watson if you enjoy this first in the series.

The Superpower Field Guides are packed with information presented in a fun way. In this entry, learn all about the world of Moles and their amazing superpowers.

Pug is going on a seafaring adventure. He's had jam tarts for breakfast. He's wearing a smart sailor suit. There's just one problem. Pug is afraid of the water! 

Snails are just my speed! by Kevin McCloskey

Did you know snails build roads like engineers and go undercover in camouflage like spies? Did you know they can be smaller than a seed or bigger than a grown-up's hand? Kevin McCloskey mixes snail science, art, and hilarity for the newest book in his Giggle and Learn series.