Bark, George (Library Binding), by Jules Feiffer. A humorous tale about a dog that refuses to bark, much to his mother's chagrin, has earned this book a spot in many people's "favorites" list. I can see why. An explorative veterinarian gets to the root of the problem, much to the amusement of young (and old) readers.
"'Bark, George.' / George went: 'Meow.' / 'No, George,' said George's mother. 'Cats go meow. Dogs go arf. Now, bark, George.' / George went: 'Quack-quack.'"
Bookworm's interest at 19 months: So-so. I don't think he understands the humor, but he enjoys seeing the animals.
Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey Business (Hardcover), by Esphyr Slobodkina. I remembered seeing this title in a list of favorite children's books that was circulated recently, so when I saw it displayed atop a library bookshelf, I swiped it up. The story involves a cap salesman who comically walks around with all of his caps piled on his head (with no customers to be had). When he naps under a tree, some mischievous monkeys rob him on his hats, until he accidentally manages to outwit them and get his caps back.
"Once there was a peddler who sold caps. But he was not like an ordinary peddler carrying his wares on his back. He carried them on top of his head. First, he had on his own checked cap, then a bunch of gray caps, then a bunch of brown caps, then a bunch of blue caps, and on the very top a bunch of red caps."
Bookworm's interest at 20 months: He didn't want to sit through this one. We'll try again when he is a little older.