Chicken Butt’s Back! by Erica S. Perl
Check out this book if you want something with simple word play. In this book, a clever child sets his mom up for repeated embarrassment. As one sentence ends with an animal, the next sentence starts with “but.” “deer. But…” becomes, in the mind of the child, “deer butt.” So does everything else that meets this pattern. The colors are vibrant, which goes well with the jokes the story portrays. It follows a very childish premise, but ultimately creates many laughs.
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont
For full effect, learn the tune of “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More” before reading this book; it follows that tune. This combination book & song follows the antics of boy who ignores his mother’s command to stop covering everything in sight with paint. Despite being a very colorful book, the illustrator makes good use of white space; every setting and person is in grayscale until the child covers it with paint. This story has a different goal than most picture books I read; it expects the reader to bring music (and possibly dance) into the reading experience. With that in mind, this is definitely a fun story to share with any child.
Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett
Sam and Dave are out to find something spectacular. The easiest method of finding something spectacular, of course, is by digging for it. Unfortunately, their dog has a keener eye for the spectacular than they do. The book contains pages of earthy toned illustrations created by Jon Klassen; I recognized the art before I even looked for an illustrator. Klassen uses blank space well, and makes the children’s randomized digging patterns travel across the pages. For both a funny dog and ending, this book is a great choice for reading.