When I need something light, I often pick up a "children's book." This is how I stumbled upon this book (after reading The Road). It's a quick read (5 minutes if that) and meant for 4-8 year olds supposedly. It's full of silly, rhyming, brief poems about an octopus wearing $50 bellbottoms and a traffic jam on a tightrope.
The poems actually I would rate about 3 stars; they don't reach the level of Dr Seuss/Shel Silverstein in my opinion (though I think kids 4-8 years old would likely rate the poems higher). But I think the accompanying interesting illustrations (esp their choice of colors) merit an additional star. I'll have to test this book on my 7-year-old niece to see how it goes.