there's this short story that a teacher buddy lent me, and boy oh boy is it epic, as in it totally blew away all my expectations by its rich content. it's broken into 7 parts, fully illustrated and is titled, "Big Fat Cat," by Takahiko Mukoyama and Tetsuo Takashima with studio ET CETERA.
whoever wrote the dialogue is a genius - so natural and believable! they also slip in occasional four letter swear words which was a nice, quirky treat to find in a 4th grade (i guess?) reading level story.