Reading in the Rain: Books for Kids -- You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown

This week’s picks were chosen to celebrate the upcoming performance of the musical, You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Produced by Studio East the show will run October 19-28 at the Studio East Mainstage Theater. This is a great family show full of wonderful music and all your favorite Peanuts characters, from Lucy to Snoopy, Linus to good old Charlie Brown. The books I’ve chosen this week use comic book panels in their illustrations, very similar to the panels of the classic Peanuts comic strips. Currently, King County Library System (KCLS) has copies of these books in their catalog.

The Adventures of Polo by Régis Faller

Roaring Brook Press, 978-1596431607


Follow Polo, a small dog with dotted eyes and u-shaped eyebrows, on his adventures all over the world and into outer space, too! In wordless panels, Polo travels from one landscape to the next his trusty back pack of supplies in tow. From the calm waters of the ocean to a fiery volcano covered island, from icebergs to the surface of the Moon. No matter what happens to him, Polo finds a solution to every obstacle and friends around every corner. Originally published in France, this cinematic book needs no translation to be appreciated and enjoyed by readers of all ages.

The Duckling Gets a Cookie!? by Mo Willems

Hyperion Books, 978-1423151289


Pigeon is back and he’s not happy. The duckling gets a cookie just because she asked (politely). The cookie even has nuts! Pigeon is simply outraged. He asks for things all the time, to drive a bus, to have a hot dog party, a French Fry Robot, a walrus, and he never gets what he wants! It’s just not fair that ducklings get everything, because Pigeons like cookies, too! Finally, he can’t stand it anymore, “Why did YOU get that cookie!?!” The innocent duckling replies, “So I could give it to you.”

Chicken Big by Keith Graves

Chronicle Books, 978-0811872379


This hilarious spin on the classic Chicken Little story features a band of ditzy chickens that are confused by the presence of a giant chicken who just wants to be part of the gang. When this enormous chicken is born the others aren’t quite sure what to do, but they are fairly sure that it is not a chicken. It’s so big, it must be an elephant!