Picture Books with Mischevious Protagonists

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illustrated by Ian Falconer

Maluhia says:

Olivia is too smart for her own good. I know why I liked it, but I'll tell you why my 4-year-old liked it: Olivia gets time-outs, too.



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.


No, David!

illustrated by David Shannon

Rachel from Boston, MA says:

Utterly perfect for toddlers and their parents. It says so much in so few words. Also, when your kid first learns to read s/he'll be so proud to read it out loud!


Where the Wild Things Are

illustrated by Maurice Sendak

This book was controversial when it came out — adults thought that Max was too badly behaved and his monsters were too scary. But generations of young children know best — this book connects perfectly with a young child's fears and his ability to conquer them.


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.


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.

This book also appears on Picture Books About Gorillas