Picks and Pans Review: Lemony Snicket
The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily by Dino Buzzatti There's betrayal, self-sacrifice and a giant cat. Anything you would want in a book.
Half Magic by Edward Eager You never know if you're going to find a magic coin. This prepares you for what to do if it happens.
The Gashlycrumb Tinies by Edward Gorey An alphabetical list of children dying in terrible ways. Its appeal is self-explanatory.
BUS STOPSby Taro Gomi My 1-year-old son Otto's favorite. It has a bus on every page and a very chewable spine.