Best Children's Books About Parody

17 Children's Books About Parody

Updated Jan. 19, 2019
Mother Goose's Pajama Party book
#1
Mother Goose's Pajama Party
Written by Danna Smith and illustrated by Virginia Allyn
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-7

"Star light, star bright, Come to story time tonight. Bring your friends and don't be late. Meet at my house, half past eight." Mother Goose has invited all her nursery rhyme friends to her house for a magical sleepover. See the Cow that jumped over the moon, who tells the Dish, who tells the Spoon, who are soon joined by Little Bo Peep, Miss Muffet, Georgie Porgie, and a whole troop of other nursery time friends. What starts with a lively parade to Mother Goose's house ends in a cozy goodnight scene featuring everyone's favorite nursery rhyme characters, the ideal note for bedtime. Includes an afterword with all the classic nursery rhymes featured in the book, making it a true treasury.

After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) book
#2
After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again)
Written and illustrated by Dan Santat
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

From the New York Times–bestselling creator of The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend comes the inspiring epilogue to the beloved classic nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. Everyone knows that when Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. But what happened after? Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat's poignant tale follows Humpty Dumpty, an avid bird watcher whose favorite place to be is high up on the city wall―that is, until after his famous fall. Now terrified of heights, Humpty can longer do many of the things he loves most. Will he summon the courage to face his fear? After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) is a masterful picture book that will remind readers of all ages that Life begins when you get back up.

Old MacDonald Had a Truck book
#3
Old MacDonald Had a Truck
Written by Steve Goetz and illustrated by Eda Kaban
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Old MacDonald had a farm E-I-E-I-O. And on that farm he had a...TRUCK?! With a DIG DIG here and a SCOOP SCOOP there, this classic folk song just got revved up! Beloved machines—the excavator, dump truck, bulldozer, and more—will have the vehicle-obsessed of all ages reading and singing along.

Ella book
#4
Ella
Written by Mallory Kasdan and illustrated by Marcos Chin
picture book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A clever parody about a little girl living in a hipster hotel. This is ELLA. She is six years old. She lives at the Local Hotel. She has a nanny called Manny. He has tattoos for sleeves and he might go in with some guys to buy a grilled cheese truck. Sometimes Ella weaves purses out of Ziploc bags and reclaimed twine. (She is artsy of course.) She has a dog named Stacie and a fish named Rasta and a scooter which is important for getting everywhere she needs to be. Altogether she has been to 62 events including that Hillary Clinton fundraiser. She is NEVER bored. If Ella and Kay Thompson’s Eloise got together for a play date, they would have a very good time indeed.

Muppets Meet the Classics: the Phantom of the Opera book
#5
Muppets Meet the Classics: the Phantom of the Opera
Written and illustrated by Erik Forrest Jackson
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 8-12

Leroux's classic tale of love, intrigue, and jealousy at the Paris Opera House is reimagined with the cast of the Muppets. Readers can join Kermit, Miss Piggy, Uncle Deadly, and the other Muppets as they bring this gripping tale to life in their own hilarious way.

A Pirate's Night Before Christmas book
#6
A Pirate's Night Before Christmas
Written by Philip Yates and illustrated by Sebastià Serra
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-6

On a ship of mischievous brigands--who have visions of treasure chests dancing in their heads--Sir Peggedy, with his peg leg and hook arm, pays a visit to the child-friendly pirates along with his eight giant seahorses: Salty, Scurvy, Sinbad, Mollie, Cutthroat, Cross-Eyes, Roger, and Jolly.

We Wish for a Monster Christmas book
#7
We Wish for a Monster Christmas
Written by Sue Fliess and illustrated by Claudia Ranucci, Sue Fliess
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-10

Dear Santa: please bring us a big hairy, scary MONSTER! This hilarious parody of the traditional carol stars two siblings who want something really special for their Christmas gift. Though Mom and Dad say no, Santa says yes. But having a monster in the house may not be all it's cracked up to be. . . . Delighted readers will sing along with the merry song.

The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin book
#8
The Itsy Bitsy Pumpkin
Written by Sonali Fry and illustrated by Sanja Rescek
board book
Recommend Ages: 2-4

This gently spooky twist on “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” makes a favorite nursery rhyme just perfect for Halloween! The itsy bitsy pumpkin rolled down the spooky street. He passed a ghoulish ghost and some stinky goblin’s feet. A little pumpkin is trying to find his way back home! And with a little help from a friendly witch, he is soon safe and sound, back on his porch—where there are no spiders to be seen! Little ones will love this fresh fall spin on a classic nursery rhyme!

The Taking Tree book
#9
The Taking Tree
Written by Shrill Travesty and illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-9

A parody in the style of Where the Mild Things Are features a disgruntled tree that is fed up with a boy who cuts off her branches to build a house which he subsequently burns down for the insurance money.

Goodnight Lab book
#10
Goodnight Lab
Written and illustrated by Chris Ferrie
board book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

In the great green lab There was a laser And a lab notebook And a picture of Einstein with a stern look It's been a long day at the lab for this scientist. Now it's time to say good night! Goodnight laser Goodnight notebook Goodnight picture of Einstein with a stern look While poking fun at the clutter and chaos of lab life, scientists of all ages will appreciate ending their day with this sweet parody. They'll be rested and ready to return to the world of research in the morning!

Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? book
#11
Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See?
Written and illustrated by Chris Ferrie
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Full of scientific rhyming fun, Scientist, Scientist, Who Do You See? features appearances by some of the world's greatest scientists! From Albert Einstein to Marie Curie and Ahmed Zewail, and from Charles Darwin to Chien-Shiung Wu and Grace Hopper...and more! Scientist, Scientist, Who do you see? I see Marie Curie in her laboratory! Young readers will delight at taking a familiar text and poking fun at it all while learning about scientists and how they changed the world. Back matter includes brief biographical information of the featured scientists. This sweet parody is the perfect inspiration for scientists of all ages!

Our Principal's In His Underwear! book
#12
Our Principal's In His Underwear!
Written by Stephanie Calmenson and illustrated by Aaron Blecha
chapter book
Recommend Ages: 5-8

A unique principal named Mr. Bundy runs PS 88 in this silly, fun-to-read Aladdin QUIX chapter book that’s perfect for emerging readers! Mr. Bundy gets a brand-new outfit…but he’s the only one in PS 88 that thinks it’s spectacular! In this clever twist on The Emperor’s New Clothes, acclaimed author Stephanie Calmenson turns a beloved fairy tale on its ear with the silly (mis)adventures of Mr. Bundy!

Most Terrible Of All book
#13
Most Terrible Of All
Written by Muon Thi Van and illustrated by Matt Myers
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

A little monster discovers that true terribleness can come in a very tiny package in this bold, funny exploration of sibling rivalry. Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, who’s the most terrible one of all? Every morning, Smugg’s magic mirror tells him that he’s the most terrible monster there is. Until one day, when the mirror tells him there’s an even worse monster, right next door! More terrible than Smugg? How can that be? When Smugg marches next door, he learns that his neighbors have a new baby. She doesn’t look so bad—after all, she’s tiny. Smugg is sure he can be more terrible than she is. But the little beast is just getting started. She writes on the walls, devours the books, and—oh no!—she won’t stop crying. But the worst part is that she just might be getting attached to Smugg himself! He wouldn’t want a terrible tiny baby clinging to him…would he?

Twinkle, Twinkle, Unicorn book
#14
Twinkle, Twinkle, Unicorn
Written by Jeffrey Burton and illustrated by Zoe Waring
board book
Recommend Ages: 1-5

This shiny board book is a magical twist on the popular bedtime lullaby, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star!” Twinkle, twinkle, unicorn, sparkle with your magic horn. Leaping over clouds so high, like a diamond in the sky. A magical twist on the popular bedtime nursery rhyme, Twinkle, Twinkle, Unicorn is the first book in a brand-new board book series that’s perfect for parents and little ones to snuggle up with and share.

Fear The Bunny book
#15
Fear The Bunny
Written by Richard T. Morris and illustrated by Priscilla Burris
picture book
Recommend Ages: 4-8

Bunnies—not tigers—rule the forest in this adorable take on William Blake’s classic poem. Bunnies, bunnies, burning bright In the forests of the night— Wait, bunnies?! Yes, bunnies. Tigers may be the most feared animal in some forests, but in this one, they fear the bunny. One hapless tiger finds this idea preposterous—what are they going to do? Nibble on his tail? Bop him on the head? Cute him to death? Fear the bunny—HA! Make no mistake, though: Richard Morris’ reimagining of William Blake’s famous poem turns the tables, and teaches one testy tiger a little rabbit-respect!

Old Macdonald Had A... Zoo? book
#16
Old Macdonald Had A... Zoo?
Written and illustrated by Iza Trapani
picture book
Recommend Ages: 2-5

An extended retelling of the classic children’s song “Old MacDonald Had a Farm” by beloved author/illustrator Iza Trapani featuring zoo animals running amok on the farmstead. Iza Trapani is known for her clever twists on classic nursery rhymes. This time she outdoes herself with a vist to longtime favorite Old MacDonald. His busy little farm–with a moo, moo here and a moo, moo there is out of controwhen zoo animals like kangaroos, elephants, and hippos join the menagerie. What’s a farmer to do? Iza Trapani’s hilarious, jam-packed illustrations are full of details animal-loving readers will point at with glee. And the sweet ending will keep them giggling until the next reading.

Goodnight Goon book
#17
Goodnight Goon
Written and illustrated by Michael Rex
picture book
Recommend Ages: 3-5

The #1 New York Times bestselling picture book parody will have kids howling with laughter. Goodnight tomb. Goodnight goon. Goodnight Martians taking over the moon. It’s bedtime in the cold gray tomb with a black lagoon, and two slimy claws, and a couple of jaws, and a skull and a shoe and a pot full of goo. But as a little werewolf settles down, in comes the Goon determined at all costs to run amok and not let any monster have his rest. A beloved classic gets a kind-hearted send up in this utterly monsterized parody; energetic art and a hilarious text will have kids begging to read this again and again.

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