Peculiar Picks are a selection of odd, funny, interesting, curious, moving, irreverent, and otherwise wonderfully awesome, but perhaps not well known, reads. Peculiar Picks are books for younger readers and their grown-ups, handpicked by the Library's Youth Services Manager, Joshua Carlson.
A creepily unusual family, The Lizsts live an ordered, if macabre, life of making lists. And lists. And more lists. Then, an unexpected visitor arrives and shakes up their organized list-filled lives. The artwork and the overall strange family vibe is a great match for The Addams Family.
Vampirina Ballerina Libby / hoopla / Library Catalog
Vampirina Ballerina Hosts a Sleepover Libby / hoopla / Library Catalog
Vampirina at the Beach Libby / hoopla / Library Catalog
Vampirina in the Snow Libby / hoopla / Library Catalog
Perhaps nothing else is as wonderfully perfect to recommend for fans of The Addams Family as the Vampirina books. Featuring the same kind of kooky family (though in fact more monstrous, like The Munsters), the vibe is definitely The Addams. Full of supernatural weirdness, humor, family love, and just so much heart, combined with Pham’s amazing illustrations, the original Vampirina series (as opposed to those based on the Disney show) are just some of my favorite picture books. I also wrote about the Vampirina series here.
The Graves Family Goes Camping by Patricia Polacco
That Patricia Polacco drew inspiration from The Addams Family and The Munsters is easy to see in these silly family stories about differences and acceptance.
I imagine Wednesday has a few ghosts for friends, or even as relatives. This cutely creepily illustrated book provides a user manual for befriending a ghost throughout your life, and in a macabre twist, your afterlife.
Based on the look of the recent animated films, this picture book presents a look into the Addams’ home while the text presents the classic TV theme song lyrics.
The Addams Family Animated Series (tv show, 1973-1975) DVD
The Addams Family (film, 1991) DVD
The Addams Family Values (flim, 1993) DVD
The Addams Family + The Addams Family Values DVD Combo Pack
The Addams Family (film, 2019) Blu Ray / DVD / Blu Ray + DVD Combo Pack
The Addams Family 2 (film, 2021) DVD / Blu Ray + DVD Combo Pack
The Addams Family + The Addams Family 2 DVD Combo Pack