Delightful Read Alouds We are Enjoying Together

We completed Terry Pratchett’s The Wee Free Men.  We don’t really do macabre as a genre.  However, we do delight in the use of fantasy to enliven a book.  In the book, the unusual heroine, Tiffany, boldly steps out past fear and thinks through situations with brilliant insight – all while carrying a talking toad in her apron pocket.  If you enjoy C.S. Lewis and Tolkien, this book may be for you.  Caveat: there are some difficult plot twists – like dreams where the person doesn’t know if they are awake, etc.  Also, there are many “witch” references and not all witches are bad in this book, so if that bothers you, skip this book.  It’s the first in a series, so we’ll be moving on to the next ones later this year.

We also finished book five of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place.  Honestly, it was the least engaging of the series and I was a bit disappointed, though the same endearing aspects of the other books were reflected in this volume.  She has the final book due out in 2017.  We are awaiting that momentous occasion with baited breath.  Seriously.  I am hoping she returns to some of what made the original three or four books so lovable.

We’ve been reading Detectives in Togas and Emily’s Runaway Imagination at bedtimes.  Really.  We toggle between these two radically different books each night.  Detectives in Togas is set in Ancient Rome where the boys of the Xantippus School end up attempting to solve a crime.  In the mix are much revealing details about the time period which spur discussions with my seven-year-old.  Don’t you love bedtime conversation?  Emily’s Runaway Imagination is a Beverly Cleary book set in 1930s rural Oregon, but not one with the typical characters of Ramona, Beezus and Henry.  It is a delightful tale about a small town with a girl who dreams of starting the first public library.  Emily has a penchant for the grand and tends to make some sort of mess out of most things she begins.  You will love her and this story. 

Also, on audiobook – we try to always have an audiobook going in the car – we are currently listening to The Tale of Despereaux.  The movie made this Kate DiCamillo book famous, but the book … yes … is better.  However, I must warn all squeamish parents or parents of sensitive children that this book contains death, dungeons, malice, perfidy {yes, look that one up if you must} and other treachery like the banishment of all soup.  My son loves it and is not phased by it.  We don’t watch intense movies, but we do listen to some books that dabble in some serious subjects.  Miss DiCamillo is such a delightful and brilliant writer, she captivates the imagination and always weaves in many moral stories and sociological commentaries under the surface.   On a sidenote, if you haven’t read the other great book by Kate DiCamillo, Flora & Ulysses, we highly recommend it.  We’ve read it aloud once and listened to it on audiobook three times.  Yep. 

What are you reading?  Do you love it, like it, wish you could lump it? 

As for what I’m reading, come over here to see …

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