Boa's Bad Birthday by Jeanne Willis, illustrated by Tony Ross is witty and clever. Poor Boa it's his birthday, but everyone buys him a present that just doesn't seem to suite him. But the last present has promise. It seems to just be a pile of poo, but after awhile it's the perfect present. I think you'll love why, just as I did.
The art was rendered in pen and ink and watercolors. They show expression and action. The story and illustrations work well together to depict that even though you might get presents that seem to stink, they might just be perfect.
I'll use this story with Preschoolers to Second graders. They'll get a kick out of the charming characters and inappropriate presents.