I am feeling rather more cheerful than I did 15 minutes ago. Since then, I have perused Chronicle Books' most recent catalogue. To my surprise and pleasure, I found two picture books that I am looking forward to sharing, not with a young child, but with my older boy, who will, when they are released, be 13 (and presumably an occasionally grumpy adolescent). Yeah for twisted humor!
Grumpy Cat: A Grumpy Book (October) is a compilation of Grumpy Cat (apparently an Internet sensation), being grumpy. It looks like it could make even the most sullen 13 year old crack a smile.
The second book that appealed tremendously is Penguins Hate Stuff, by Chris Stones (July 16, 2013):
"Penguins hate zombies. They also hate serpents, bad haircuts, sock
monkeys, leprechauns, Halloween, oil rigs, vampire penguins, and
mermaids. They really hate clowns, but they really like capes, balloons,
and free vacations. This quirky collection reveals the discriminating
tastes of these adorable flightless Antarctic birds who encounter odd
foes (snow sharks, beavers, cowboys, samurai...), but still manage to
enjoy the little things in life. With wit, humor, and the occasional
alien invasion, Greg Stones's paintings capture the playfully absurd
life of penguins."
I feel great love toward this book already.
Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.