The (clever) End

clever kids books

Everyone enjoys a happy ending and surprise endings can be fun, but clever ending are my favorite!  Clever endings are often happy and can be a surprise but they are also uniquely resourceful, smart, and creative. There is nothing like reading a book with a clever resolution for the first time!  These are the books I like to own and are often destined for greatness or already classics.

Here’s a handful of my favorite children’s books with clever endings…  

Children’s Books with Clever Conclusions…

Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and illustrated by James Dean is a newish “it’s all good” sequel to Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes.  This cat keeps his cool as his buttons pop off.  What happens when the last one goes?  Read the book!

The Seven Silly Eaters by Mary Ann Hoberman illustrated by Marla Frazee is a fun read out loud rhyming story with detailed entertaining illustrations.  The kids decide to reward their mom on her birthday for all her hard work.  Wait until you see what they come up with!  It’s also a great one for Mother’s Day.

Next is Mushroom in the Rain by Mirra Ginsburg illustrated by Jose Aruego.  This is a interesting twist on an old folktale.  These animals take shelter under a mushroom in the rain.  As you might guess this one has a better ending for the animals than “The Mitten” does!

And how about Little Bear by Elsa Holmelund Minarik illustrated by Maurice Sendak?  This easy reader is definitely a classic and the illustrations complement  the innocence of the stories.  The first story in particular is wonderfully clever.  This little bear really wants to play in the snow but is still cold despite putting on a coat, hat, mittens, etc.  What do you think he really needs?  This ending will make you smile and say well of course!

Last but not least is a chapter book The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes illustrated by one of my favorites, Louis Slobodkin.  Did you ever get picked on in school?  Groups of girls like the ones in this story can be particularly cruel. I love that today schools teach kids kids what to do. Find out how this creative girl, teased for having only one dress to wear to school, ends up with the most dresses of all!

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I really love good books like these!  Do you have a favorite children’s book with a clever ending?  Please share!


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  1. Many of those are our favorites too! Pete The Cat is a favorite of my 1st grade son, and I like them as well. The Seven Silly Eaters was given to my daughter because when she was little she was such a picky eater! The book didn’t quite help her to be more adventurous while eating, but we loved reading it night after night.
    My most favorite books with clever endings are the Elephant & PIggie books by Mo Willems. We have all of them and it’s hard to pick a favorite…. Love them all!
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    • We love the pigeon books and the knuffle bunny ones. I will have to check out the elephant and piggie books. Thanks for the recommendation!

    • You will like The Hundred Dresses, maybe for your oldest too. The Seven Silly Eaters Is so fun and relatable to me since I have two silly eaters!

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