Jeffers, Oliver. Once Upon and Alphabet. Illus. by the author. 2014. Philomel Books. 112 pp. $17.56. ISBN: 0399167919
Author and illustrator Oliver Jeffers presents a collection of whimsical, unexpected short stories inspired by each letter of the alphabet including novel characters like a Whiraffe, part whisk part giraffe, and a parsnip experiencing an identity crisis.
Scieszka, Jon. The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Illus by Lan Smith. 1992. Viking Books for Young Readers. 56 pp. $11.96. ISBN: 067084487X
Author Jon Scieszka adapts classic folktales and fairy tales in a unique and playful voice, swapping classic time-honored characters like the gingerbread man with the unusual stinky cheese man, who it turns out, is just as naughty as the original character but far less desirable.