This morning the blog Across the Page has a wonderful salute to the books of Bill Peet, and recommends several favorite titles for reading aloud. The post reminds me that we still need to read Peet's autobiography.
Although I missed these books as a kid, I "discovered" Peet, a Disney cartoonist and author of more than 30 works for children, through listening an audiotape of The Caboose Who Got Loose with my son, when he was about five. As I've mentioned here before, The Spooky Tail of Prewitt Peacock makes us laugh every time, especially given one of the funniest visual jokes I've seen in a kids' book. Junior also likes Farewell to Shady Glade, an environmentalist story published in 1966 and still just as relevant. Really, you can't go wrong with Bill Peet's work.
Image from Powell's Books.