Dinosaur vs. bedtime by Bob Shea
Oh. Mygod. How much do children love reading this book?! Even kids who aren't reading yet can read this book. And they love to do it!
I finally got a chance to read it to my two kids tonight, but even then I didn't really! They chimed in with all the ROAR ROAR ROARs, they loved doing a high-pitched, hysterical announcer voice for every challenge the dinosaur faces: "Dinosaur versus... A BOWL OF SPAGHETTI!!" and oh GOD did they love "Dinosaur versus... TALKING GROWN-UPS!" BLAH! BLAH! BLAH! BLAH! BLAH!
And they even enjoyed the winding-down part of this tried-and-true story arc, as Dinosaur's ROARs wane and his eyelids droop, until finally, "Bedtime wins." Usually, my kids are too savvy - they see it coming and they kind of roll their eyes, "Oh sure, of course the kid runs out of steam and it's time for bed." They know it's a ploy meant to get THEM into bed, and they resent it. But it's so fun to turn those ROARs into yawns, they buy in completely.
Bob Shea, king of the LOUD picture book.