[Update: I'm required by the new FTC guidelines to tell you that this post includes Amazon Affiliate links. I choose these books myself, from the local library or my own bookshelf.]
We loved this one. It was recommended to me by a good friend, who has excellent taste in kids' books. We've already taken it back to the library, so my memory is a little fuzzy, but I think I can get the main idea across here.
The Emperor of Absurdia is basically what it sounds like--it's about a little boy who lives in a funny, absurd land. It begins, "The Emperor of Absurdia was having the most extraordinary dream. All of a sudden he woke to the hoots of the sky fish nibbling the umbrella trees." (I looked that up. Haha.) He soon discovers that he's missing his snuggly scarf, so he hunts all over Absurdia for it. He also encounters creatures like dragons and a pointy bird with a pointy-sounding squawk. Good fun.
At the end of the day, the little emperor tumbles into bed--don't worry, he found the scarf--and on the last page, you can see that he's woken up as an ordinary boy whose bedroom has some familiar-looking elements in it.
Kids'll love this one. The younger ones might not totally follow what's going on, but I think they'd still enjoy the detailed pictures and the silly--ahem, absurd--adventure of the young Emperor of Absurdia.
The Emperor of Absurdia is available from Amazon.com
Written and illustrated by Chris Riddell
Age range: 4-7 (Age ranges are very flexible.)