Kids are weird. I mean... remember some of the games you played as a child? Remember how much those games freaked out your parents? My friends and I had one particular game called "The Cats Die," in which we'd all enact characters from the Disney film The Aristocats, and then fall off a cliff to our deaths (we were actually just "falling" down the playground slide... but still). Kids are just fundamentally weird. So it makes sense that we absolutely loved some odd, bizarre, and just plain strange books back in the day.
Some of these kids' books didn't seem so weird at the time, either. When you're eight or nine, it seems totally reasonable that your teacher might be a vampire, or that a human woman might give birth to a nightmarish, talking mouse. But looking back on some of the stuff we read... oh man. From cheese men to cats with formal governmental structures, we were reading some pretty out there stuff. And we loved every minute of it.
So just in case you've blocked out some of the stranger stories from your childhood, here are a few of the exceedingly odd books that we read and absolutely loved as kids: