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Five picture books for your creative and imaginative boys, 4 – 8 years old, that will inspire them to dream big, use their imagination, and follow their passions. Each book exemplifies the magic that happens when great story telling is matched by beautifully creative illustrations. So often, a good book has one or the other. These books have it all. 1 The Incredible Book Eating Boy By Oliver Jeffers ($18.99). The boy wants to be really smart; the smartest person on earth in fact. Eventually he discovers that reading books, rather than actually eating them, might be the way to go. This remarkable and imaginative book is now even more intriguing in its new intricate and surprising pop-up version.
2 An Awesome Book By Dallas Clayton ($15). A truly creative book where fun, whimsical writing and highly imaginative illustrations come together. With an inspiring message and fantastical, detailed artwork, this book reminds us all of the value of dreaming big.
3 Iggy Peck, Architect By Andrea Beaty and Illustrated by David Roberts ($16.99). Iggy is a boy with a special talent and a passion to create, that is so strong, it’s unstoppable. The funny, rhyming story is paired expertly with quirky, lovely, nouveau-60s-style pen and ink drawings with watercolor.
4 Traction Man meets Turbo Dog By Mini Grey ($19.99). A clever story, trapped inside a 50s comic with flair, about the wonderment of imagination play. And no bells-and-whistles toy can replace the power of a child’s imagination. This boy needs nothing more than his buddy, Scrubbing Brush, and a place to play, like Mt. Compost Heap in the backyard. It’s a funny read too.
5 The Day I Swapped My Dad for Two Goldfish By Neil Gaiman and Illustrated by Dave McKean ($16.99). This is a humorous and highly imaginative tale about a boy’s adventure in trying to get his father back, after swapping him to a friend. The children's dialogue is eloquently realistic. The pages are full of unique collage work with pen and ink characters portraying their inner thoughts and emotions so beautifully.