Book introduces anarchic humor to bedtime reading

Ever since Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith turned the villainous wolf into the unreliable narrator in The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, the author-illustrator team has been a favorite of 6-year-olds and college sophomores alike. Their latest oddball picture book is a series of laconic, ultrashort stories about best friends with divergent cultural backgrounds who agree on nothing: baked beans, knock-knock jokes, even — as in the two-sentence story that goes “Beautiful day” … “No it isn’t” — the weather.

Cowboy and Octopus
by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith