Metafiction is a pretty sophisticated concept, but there are plenty of picture books that play around with the conventions of reading and writing. The results are usually hilarious, and sometimes thought-provoking. One of my favorite bossy books is The Book With No Pictures by B.J. Novak. You need a little courage and a low embarrassment quotient to read it out loud, but kids love it.
Sometimes the characters in these books boss the author around and make changes to the plot the author did not want. More Bears! by Ken Nesbitt works this way.
Here are other books in which the author (or characters ) don't get exactly what they wanted. (Click on the image to link to the catalog.)
Some books just don't want to be read, it seems. Do Not Open This Book! by Andy Lee (and the sequel, Definitely Do Not Open This Book) try to get you not to turn those pages--but we know you're going to anyway 'cause the reader's in charge, right?!
Here are other books that warn the reader not to read the book. (as if...)
Even my favorites, Elephant and Piggie, get in on the metafiction action, especially in We Are In A Book!
Just watch what happens when author Mac Barnett and illustrator Adam Rex decide who is most important in creating Chloe and the Lion.