Monday, 6 February 2012

Childrens books

I spent a lovely evening with my daughter just lounging around eating junk and reading to each other, with the TV banned for the night as it's so easy just to all be in the same room yet ignore each other! I should set a day each week really where it is completely banned, maybe I'll try that, not sure what these guys will think though! Can just imagine the comments from my 13 year old film critic!

We got started on her Michael Morpurgo box set she got for Christmas, the book we chose was 'Alone on a Wide Wide Sea'.  The blurb covers how a WW2 orphan is sent to Australia and we tend to read a chapter each then switch to snack while the other reads.  However, after getting a few chapters in and me breaking to briefly explain why children were sent to Australia and how many were treated terribly in as child friendly terms as possible (Kitty is 9), she decided that she didn't want to continue the book until I'd read it first. She is such a sweet soul that she can't bear to read about suffering and so I will continue to read the book and let her know if I think she'll enjoy it. I was really drawn in by Michael Morpurgo's descriptions of the unknown through a child's eyes.

I got to thinking how I really love the escapism you get from children's books.  I remember reading Eragon and not being able to put it down! I'm sure I'm not the only one who reads their children's library, am I? I'll let you know how Michael Morpurgo's orphan Arthur gets on in 'Alone on a Wide Wide Sea' and what age I would recommend it for, other than 30 year old women ;)

1 comment:

  1. I love reading Michael Morpurgo books with my 8yo son - there's something in these books for adults as well as kids and they are so well-written. A personal favourite is Shadow.