Five Boisterous Read-Alikes for Kids Watching Animaniacs on Hulu

These elementary books full of light-hearted hi-jinks will appeal to fans of Wakko, Yakko, Dot, and friends.



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The popular 1990s cartoon has been rebooted for Hulu, so a new generation of children can experience the wacky antics and punny humor of Wacko, Yacko, Dot, and friends.



Akissi: Tales of Mischief. Marguerite Abouet, illus. by Mathieu Sapin. Flying Eye Bks. 2018.
Gr 2-5–This collection of comics depicts seven stories about Akissi and her misadventures around her Ivory Coast town. Readers who enjoy the naughty fun the Animaniacs get into will be absorbed by Akissi’s antics.

Piranhas Don’t Eat Bananas. Aaron Blabey. Scholastic. 2019.
PreS-Gr 2–Readers who love to laugh will chuckle at this cartoony Australian import. Brian the piranha tries to get his fellow fish to eat fruits and vegetables instead of meat. Hand young fans Blabey’s other witty books, too. (Read-aloud pro tip: Read “bananas” with an Australian accent to get the full effect.)

Miss Daisy Is Crazy! (“My Weird School” series). Dan Gutman, illus. by Jim Paillot. Harper. 2004.
Gr 1-3–White second grader AJ hates school, but he starts to like it more when his teacher, Miss Daisy, takes some of his wild ideas to heart in this early chapter book. This hilarious series is filled with zany exploits. And look for the graphic novel adaptations, coming this month.

The Little Kids’ Table. Mary Ann McCabe Riehle, illus. by Mary Reaves Uhles. Sleeping Bear. 2015.
PreS-Gr 2–We all know that the little kids’ table is way more fun than the adult table at family gatherings, and these rambunctious cousins prove it in this silly rhyming picture book. A funny tale with a large cast of characters that’s perfect for a family read-aloud.

The Boy Who Crashed to Earth (Hilo: Bk. 1). Judd Winick. Random. 2015.
Gr 2-6–In this fun science-fiction adventure, Asian American JD discovers a white-appearing alien boy with superpowers who has just crashed to earth and must save the planet from an approaching enemy…if only he can remember what to do. A laugh-out-loud, action-packed graphic novel series starter.

Abby Johnson is the collection development leader at the Floyd County (IN) Library.

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