Two similar books that came to mind for me, the first in print, the second not, are: I LOST MY BEAR by Jules Feiffer. Very funny and true, but the illustrations aren't as gentle and sweet as Choraro's. The Something written and illustrated by Natalie Babbitt is the story of a little creature who is having bad dreams. His mother buys him some clay so he can make an image of the scary thing from his dreams. Turns out he is dreaming about a little girls and when he meets her in his dream he realize that he doesn't have anything to be scared of.
And, there is Eve Titus's wonderful French mouse and his family in the Anatole and Anatole and the Cat books, still in print. Other Anatole books that are out of print include: Anatole and the Piano, Anatole and the Pied Piper, Anatole and the Poodle, Anatole and the Robot, Anatole and the Thirty Thieves, Anatole and the Toy Shop, Anatole in Italy and Anatole Over Paris.
Donna and her boys also like the Billy and Blaze series started in 1936 by Clarence William Anderson.
And, the Little Tim series by Edward Ardizzone.
Reader Laura was inspired to visit her father-in-law and raid his bookshelves, specifically for MY ICKY PICKY SISTER by Beth Hazel, now out of print. That looks like a gem!
Laura's book reminded me of the out of print book from my childhood by Anne Mallett, illustrated by the always amazing Steven Kellogg, HERE COMES TAGALONG. Man, that was a great story about fitting in, being left behind and finding a new tribe.
Reader Katherine Tillotson, who is also an illustrator and has worked with Megan MacDonald (of Judy Moody and Stink fame) on three of her picture books, reminds us of all things wonderful from Leo Lionni. 2010 marks the 100th anniversary of Lionni's birth in Holland and as happy result, almost all of his picture books (of which I think there are about 30) are still in print!!! Below are two books that seem to be OUT OF PRINT by Lionni and MY favorite Lionni book, Let's Make Rabbits, which came into my life as a tattered library discard from my husband's childhood!
Not out of print in the least, below is a little treat - some of Katherine's artwork:
from When the Library Lights Go Out by Megan MacDonald, pictures by Katherine Tillotson.