Picture Books with Mischevious Protagonists

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Olivia

Olivia

illustrated by Ian Falconer

Pseudostoops from Chicago, IL says:

I have never met a child who wasn't charmed by Olivia. Dare I say she is the best modern porcine heroine out there?

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Eloise

Eloise

by Kay Thompson, illustrated by Hilary Knight

Dena says:

"Here's where he's been: London. Here's where I've been: Boiler room." That's the gist, at least. Eloise is precocious and a handful and eminently quotable, and the illustrations perfectly capture a six-year-old, and when you're in NYC you can visit her portrait at the Plaza Hotel. It's dreamy and any girl who's dreamed of getting rid of her parents for a while will love it.

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No, David!

No, David!

illustrated by David Shannon

Donna Bills says:

No, David! is the perfect book for 5- to 7-year-olds. They all relate to David's feelings as he is constantly reprimanded. The pictures instantly capture their attention. Then they discover they can read it for themselves!

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Where the Wild Things Are

Where the Wild Things Are

illustrated by Maurice Sendak

Erin Brenner from Haverhill, MA says:

My kids love this book. We have a great time rolling our "terrible eyes," showing our "terrible teeth," and the like. More important is the point of what home is.

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The Complete Adventures of Curious George

The Complete Adventures of Curious George

by H. A. Rey

Eric Mueller from Los Angeles, CA says:

What is there to say? Few books are as beloved — or as charming — as the story of one curious monkey and the man with the yellow hat.

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Good Night, Gorilla

Good Night, Gorilla

written and illustrated by Peggy Rathmann

This nearly wordless board book is an instant classic. The clever gorilla outsmarts the oblivious zookeeper, by lifting his keys and liberating each animal right after the zookeeper says goodnight to it. After the animals follow the zookeeper home (he still doesn't notice), and go to bed in his room (he STILL) doesn't notice, the zookeeper's wife figures it all out and saves the day. You will have to read this one over and over, but you won't get bored.

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This book also appears on Picture Books About Gorillas