If your child dances to the beat of their own drum, here are five books with unusual characters and storylines they might enjoy.
All children are unique and individual in their own way, and that's why all children won't enjoy the same books and characters.
If your child likes to walk their own path and doesn't necessarily enjoy traditional stories, all of these books contain either a unique character or unusual storyline which will be sure to pique your little one's interest.
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Here are five children's books that celebrate uniqueness and individuality:
KITTY AND THE MOONLIGHT RESCUE written by PAULA HARRISON illustrated by JENNY LØVLIE
Paula Harrison tells the tale of this unusual girl who is human by day and cat by night. In this story, Kitty takes to the rooftops and must learn that being a superhero is more than a costume; it requires an awful lot of bravery too.
BOOT: SMALL ROBOT BIG ADVENTURE written by SHANE HEGARTY illustrated by BEN MANTLE
This fantastic book was shortlisted for the Sainsbury's Book Award and we can totally see why. If you have an adventure-loving little one, they are sure to love this story of a little robot who goes on a hilarious, quick paced, and heartwarming big adventure.
THE STEAM WHISTLE THEATRE COMPANY written by VIVIAN FRENCH
This is the unusual story of a Victorian-Era family theatre troupe who travel the country by train. Unsurprisingly, strange things happen while this family make their way around the country, with the help of some deadly deeds and colourful characters.
NARWHAL: UNICORN OF THE SEA! written by BEN CLANTON
Narwhal and Jelly don't have a lot in common on the surface, but they form a friendship around their mutual love of waffles, parties and adventures. This is a great one for young readers who are just starting off their reading journey, and the unusual characters and friendships will keep them hooked the whole way through.
THE BOY WHO KNEW NOTHING written by AMES THORPE illustrated by ANGUS MACKINNON
This is definitely the most unusual book of the lot, in our opinion. The Boy Who Knew Nothing is the poetic story of a boy and his friend that he found in his parent's wardrobe and, surprisingly, his parents can't tell him what it is. But don't parents have all the answers to everything? This little book covers a multitude and the unusual pink-hued illustrations make for a storytime you won't easily forget.
Have you read any of these unique books?
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