What's Your Favorite Book To Read Out Loud?

What's Your Favorite Book To Read Out Loud?

Sarah Rae Smith
Aug 20, 2010

When your husband is a children's book illustrator the bar is set pretty high for fabulous reads in your home. Friends have officially declared us crazy as our bookshelves overflow with bright and colorful pictures and short stories, but we just can't help ourselves. I've talked about a few of my essential reads and how they inspired my current tastes in design — but this book is different and it's all about how you read it. Watch it being read after the jump!

Check out a video of the author reading it, though we still claim it can be read with a little more... how shall we say... oompf!

Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime is the tale of a young dinosaur who is filled with the same energy that all young growing dinosaurs have. He conquers everything in his path with a victory, but he just can't conquer bedtime which wins out in the end.

The story itself isn't epic. The illustration is fun, but this book holds something special in its cadence. Because of how it plays out, you're able to read the story with a rise and fall to each page or challenge. It almost feels like a video game in print... (large announcing) DINOSAUR VS.... A PILE OF LEAVES! RAWR RAWR RAWR RAWR!

It's ridiculously silly to be "rawr-ing" out loud, but the rhythm of the book is oddly addictive and ends with a sleepy dinosaur when the swell fades and the excitement is over and hopefully all of our little dinosaurs are fast asleep.

Do you have a children's book that you adore simply because it's fun to read out loud? Share your favorites in the comments below!

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