Inappropriate Treehouse in my Soup; Half Monster Banjo Song
This is an extremely wacky metafictional book about not being able to write a book, pitched at 9-13 year olds. Adventures abound. I really dug it.
Tiger in my Soup, by Kashmira Set, illustrated by Jerry Ebbeler
Kid's picture book about a kid who needs his sister to read him a book. Balanced story, absolutely beautiful illustrations.
The Very Inappropriate Word, by Jim Tobin, illustrated by Dave Coverly
This one was really cute but the ending was TERRIBLE. It seemed to be aiming at adults, except it was teaching them a message that they would only need if they weren't the type of person to read the book in the first place. Which is too bad, because the story had potential and the illustrations were nifty.
Hyperbole and a Half, by Allie Brosh
I really really enjoyed this illustrated collection of essays, even though I read most of them on the internet already (some of them several times). Brosh is brave and hilarious.
Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic, by Mark Tatulli
So fun. The only way I could have enjoyed this more is if I were still eleven.
Grass, Sky, Song, by Trevor Herriot
This book was about the songbirds on the Prairies. Or, really, about the LOSS of songbirds on the Prairies. So it was super-depressing. But also poetic, and well-characterized, and, above all, written in hope rather than in eulogy.
Cigar Box Banjo, by Paul Quarrington
Paul Quarrington started to write a book about music and then found out he had cancer. This is the last book he wrote before he died, and it's about both things. I absolutely loved it.