Who doesn’t love a good picture book? With engaging illustrations and enticing text, picture books draw us in, transporting us to a different world, and allowing us to escape reality, even if only for a short time.
So why, when we become grownups, and need that escape from reality even more, do we suddenly stop reading picture books for our own enjoyment? Sure, we all read them to our children, but when was the last time you read a picture book that was written and created just for adults?
Growing up no longer means you can’t indulge in the simple pleasure of a good picture book. These hilarious titles are totally inappropriate for kids, but they are sure to have adults laughing out loud. Click on each link for additional details, and a sampling of the book contents. Enjoy!
All My Friends Are Dead by Avery Monsen and Jory John
Death is inevitable, we might as well laugh about it while we can. This slightly dark, humorous take on a usually not-so-funny topic, is sure to have you giggling.
Nobody Likes a Cockblock by R. Swanson
Once you become a parent, your love life undoubtedly changes. This book is a hysterical portrayal of what it’s like to be a parent who is just trying to get some time alone with their partner.
The Taking Tree: A Selfish Parody by Shrill Travesty
This witty picture book is a parody of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. A hilarious spin on a beloved childhood classic, about a passive-aggressive tree who is tired of the not-so-loving boy who constantly takes advantage of her.
Pat the Zombie: A Cruel (Adult) Spoof by Aaron Ximm and Kaveh Soofi
Many of us grew up with the classic Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt, a simple touch and feel book that has been around for decades. This is a creepy, slightly morbid version, that zombie enthusiasts will surely get a kick out of.
Go the F**k to Sleep by Adam Mansbach
A genius, painfully truthful, profanity-filled look at the frustrations parents deal with while trying to get children to sleep.
I Hate Everything by Matthew DiBenedetti
If you’ve ever had one of those days (or weeks) when you just hate everything around you, you’ll relate to this clever and amusing book.
If You Give a Kid a Cookie, Will He Shut the F**k Up? by Marcy Roznick
Based on the style of the treasured classic, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff, this entertaining tale will help you keep your sense of humor while dealing with all the tantrums and meltdowns associated with child-rearing.
Do you have a favorite picture book for adults? Feel free to share your suggestions in the comments below.