The best children’s books that tickled my toes

Frans Vischer Author Of Fuddles
By Frans Vischer

Who am I?

Since I was a child I’ve loved comedy. Whether it’s Daffy Duck, the Pink Panther movies, or a Carl Hiaasen novel, I like to laugh and make people laugh. I grew up drawing cartoons, and as a Disney animator I learned the importance of creating characters that audiences could believe and empathize with. Humor has no geographic, religious, or racial boundaries – the human condition is universal, and humor speaks to us all, regardless of language. I strive to write and draw characters that connect with readers and then put them in silly, odd but believable situations to extract the maximum entertainment.

I wrote...


By Frans Vischer,

Book cover of Fuddles

What is my book about?

Fat, flaccid, and totally spoiled by his family, feline Fuddles lives a life of eating, sleeping, and the occasional litter-box trip. When he finally opts for adventure, Fuddles discovers he’s not allowed outside. Obsessed with going out and fighting the foes he knows await, Fuddles initiates a “strict exercise regime.” Spying an open front door, he darts outside and loses no time leaping after birds and chasing squirrels. Weighed down by his tubbiness, scared and lonely, and missing his family, Fuddles learns the hard way there’s no place like home.

The colorful comical illustrations trace Fuddles’ journey. Indolent, irascible, and utterly irresistible, Fuddles is the undisputed focus of every scene in this hilarious reminder to stick with a good thing when you’ve got it.

The books I picked & why

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Battle Bunny

By Jon Scieszka, Mac Barnett, Matt Myers (illustrator)

Book cover of Battle Bunny

Why this book?

I love this concept of a boy turning a saccharine, boring picture book called Birthday Bunny into Battle Bunny. A pencil his weapon of choice, he attacks the book, driven by his creativity, and turns it into a book he actually wants to read. A daring idea from the author, this hilarious and engaging book is something any young boy can relate to.

The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

By Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (illustrator),

Book cover of The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs

Why this book?

Another irreverent picture book, Jon Scieszka tells the well-known tale from the long-suffering wolf’s point of view, ultimately taking the story into a wild, out-of-this-world realm. Smith’s vibrant, graphic images perfectly suit the story, and Scieszka’s text is witty as the book challenges the reader, as well as the concepts of picture books themselves.

Max Spaniel: Dinosaur Hunt

By David Catrow,

Book cover of Max Spaniel: Dinosaur Hunt

Why this book?

Charming artwork, with a touch of the silly, like all of Catrow’s books. Catrow gets into the head of his adorable mutt main character as he searches the house and backyard, coming up with all sorts of household and garden items that have no remote connection to dinosaurs. Undaunted, our hero continues his search, interpreting tools and toys for dino body parts, until miraculously his creature comes to life!


By Samantha Berger, Dan Santat (illustrator),

Book cover of Crankenstein

Why this book?

This is a wonderful study into the self-centered, alternately angry/happy mind of children. Boldly illustrated with a touch of whimsy and great ambiance, and Berger’s simple, clever text with a sweet ending, it’s spot-on for kids to relate to, and for parents trying to understand their kids. 

The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury

By Bill Watterson,

Book cover of The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury

Why this book?

Because Bill Watterson is a master. Creative kids, so often misunderstood, as Calvin is by his parents, (often understandably) there are no bad guys in this comic strip, aside from the imagined creations running amuck in Calvin’s wonderfully weird brain. The drawings are superb, a great mix of flat graphics and Disney dimensionality, and the writing a great insight into lone kids’ behavior. Watterson created a timeless masterpiece that influenced many comics that followed. 

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