A young boy has all his recreation interrupted by a variety of imaginative (imaginary?) creatures. He can't picnic, read, swim, or even take a walk. When he finds out that you don't have those creatures in your part of the world, his bags are packed and he's coming for an extended stay.
What I thought: Look out Dr. Seuss and Lewis Carroll! Tasha Pym has created new creatures. The slight repetition in the text ("Have you ever...") makes it perfect for story time. Also, it's an interactive book. The boy asks questions and wants answers. The illustrations are great. Old school like Ernest H. Shepard.
Story Time Themes: Imagination or Creatures (Pair with Dr. Seuss' books, a chapter from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland or a chapter about Milne's infamous heffalumps and woozles.)
(Illus. Joel Stewart. New York: FSG, 2009)