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A Hungry Lion, or, a Dwindling Assortment of Animals

Cummins, Lucy Ruth (Author/Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2016. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Animals, deconstructing stereotypes, humour, mystery, parties, predators, surprise endings
 
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We’re in the Wrong Book!

Byrne, Richard (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2015. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Adventure, books, dialogue, imagination, interactive books, libraries, metafiction, problem-solving, speech bubbles, surprise endings
 
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Worms

Friot, Bernard (Author)
Guillerey, Aurélie (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2015. 28 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: First-person narration, food, human behaviour, humour, mischief, surprise endings, tricks, wealth, worms
 
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I Don’t Want to Be a Frog

Petty, Dev (Author)
Boldt, Mike (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2015. 28 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Animals, differences, fathers and sons, frogs, humour, individuality, non-traditional text layout, self-acceptance, speech bubbles, surprise endings, wolves
 
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After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again

Santat, Dan (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2017. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Fear, first-person narration, growth, Humpty Dumpty, loss, mental health, overcoming adversity, overcoming fears, recovery, self-determination, surprise endings
 
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Bounced

Staunton, Ted (Author)
Scholastic Canada 2017. 166 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Creative writing, crime, detectives, first-person narration, humour, mystery, pets, reptiles, school life, surprise endings
 
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Use Your Imagination

O'Byrne, Nicola (Author/Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2015. 28 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Fairy tale adaptations, imagination, non-traditional text layout, pastiche, rabbits, Red Riding Hood, storytelling, surprise endings, wolves
 
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The Crocodile Who Didn’t Like Water

Merino, Gemma (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Brothers and sisters, crocodiles, dragons, identity, individuality, overcoming fears, surprise endings
 
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We Were Liars

Lockhart, E. (Author)
Penguin Random House 2014. 228 pages
Book type: Novel

Keywords: Amnesia, cousins, family life, first romantic relationships, ghosts, mystery, summer, surprise endings, wealth
 
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The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-Be

Grey, Mini (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2011. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Fairy tale adaptations, humour, individuality, point of view, Princess and the Pea, princesses, surprise endings
 
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Knock! Knock! Knock! Who’s There?

Goossens, Philippe (Author/Illustrator)
NorthSouth Books 2013. 28 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Bears, fear, Halloween, predictions, recurrent patterns, surprise endings, winter
 
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Picture Day Perfection

Diesen, Deborah (Author)
Santat, Dan (Illustrator)
Abrams 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Anticipation, mischief, photography, school life, surprise endings, teachers
 
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Oh, No!

Fleming, Candace (Author)
Rohmann, Eric (Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2012. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Animals, cooperation, jungles, onomatopoeias, recurrent patterns, stories in rhyme, surprise endings, tigers
 
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Super Red Riding Hood

Dávila, Claudia (Author/Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2014. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Fractured stories, Red Riding Hood, self-confidence, superheroes, surprise endings, wolves
 
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The Napping House

Wood, Audrey (Author)
Wood, Don (Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2009. 32 pages + 1 CD
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Bedtime, cause and effect, cumulative stories, humour, recurrent patterns, surprise endings
 
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Fraidyzoo

Heder, Thyra (Author/Illustrator)
Abrams 2013. 44 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Alphabet, animals, family life, illustrations (watercolours), memories, overcoming fears, surprise endings, zoos
 
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DragonQuest

Baillie, Allan (Author)
Harris, Wayne (Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2013. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Adventure, dragons, fantasy, first-person narration, knights, quests, surprise endings
 
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Who Goes There?

Wilson, Karma (Author)
Currey, Anna (Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Fear, friendship, hibernation, mice, night, surprise endings
 
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Soccer Crazy

Tibo, Gilles (Author)
St-Aubin, Bruno (Illustrator)
Scholastic Canada 2012. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Competitions, determination, family life, mischief, soccer, sports, surprise endings
 
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The Long, Long Line

Ohmura, Tomoko (Author/Illustrator)
Owlkids 2013. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Animals, counting, humour, onomatopoeias, patience, speech bubbles, surprise endings
 
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Bark, George

Feiffer, Jules (Author/Illustrator)
HarperCollins 1999. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Animals, dogs, humour, recurrent patterns, sounds, surprise endings, veterinarians
 
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Me First!

Escoffier, Michaël (Author)
Di Giacomo, Kris (Illustrator)
Enchanted Lion Books 2013. 28 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Ducks, family life, greed, humour, patience, selfishness, surprise endings
 
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The Princess and the Pizza

Auch, Mary Jane (Author/Illustrator)
Auch, Herm (Illustrator)
Holiday House 2003. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Characters in fairy tales, deconstructing stereotypes, fairy tale adaptations, fractured stories, independence, Princess and the Pea, princesses, surprise endings
 
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That’s Hockey

Bouchard, David (Author)
Griffiths, Dean (Illustrator)
Orca 2004. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: City and country life, deconstructing stereotypes, first-person narration, friendship, hockey, illustrations (watercolours), Québec, surprise endings
 
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Scarface Claw

Dodd, Lynley (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 2009. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Cats, fear, questions, self-confidence, stories in rhyme, surprise endings
 
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Wolves

Gravett, Emily (Author/Illustrator)
Simon & Schuster 2006. 40 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Illustrations (collage), libraries, rabbits, reading, story within a story, surprise endings, wolves
 
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The Sweetest Fig

Van Allsburg, Chris (Author/Illustrator)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 1993. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Dogs, dreams, greed, magic, retribution, surprise endings
 
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That Is Not a Good Idea!

Willems, Mo (Author/Illustrator)
HarperCollins 2013. 44 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Dialogue, food, foxes, geese, recurrent language, surprise endings, warnings
 
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Princess Smartypants

Cole, Babette (Author/Illustrator)
Penguin Random House 1996. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Deconstructing stereotypes, humour, independence, princes, princesses, self-confidence, surprise endings
 
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I Want My Hat Back

Klassen, Jon (Author/Illustrator)
Candlewick Press 2011. 36 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Bears, humour, inference, lost and found, questions, recurrent patterns, stealing, surprise endings
 
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It’s a Book

Smith, Lane (Author/Illustrator)
Macmillan 2010. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Books, differences, humour, reading, surprise endings, technology
 
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A Dark, Dark Tale

Brown, Ruth (Author/Illustrator)
Andersen Press 2012. 32 pages
Book type: Picture Book

Keywords: Cats, fear, mice, recurrent language, scary stories, surprise endings
 
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