I’m flying in on a wing and a prayer with this post. Things have been a little unsettled here the past few days. Steady Eddie has had a few long days at work with a couple of hours driving time each day for some training he’s involved with. That makes for a long day for him and for me, especially since the DLM tends to be something of a night owl. Oh, and then there’s the 90 Day Challenge that’s keeping us both busy. . .
Anyway, I wanted to share a book today that really tickles my funny bone. My girls think it’s funny more because I think it’s funny than for their own sakes, but hey–I’ll take levity where I can find it these days! 🙂 The book is entitled Once Upon a Time, the End (Asleep in 60 Seconds) and it’s sort-of like a fractured fairy tale. However, instead of focusing on one particular story, Geoffrey Kloske created a framework in which a “noble and tired father” of a child who refused to go to bed began “cutting little words here and there” in the bedtime stories “so the stories would go faster.” What results is a very funny retelling of a few folk tales, fairy tales, nursery rhymes, and even a few jokes. Here’s one that made my girls look at me like they thought I might be losing it the first time we read it:
Hickory, dickory, dock
A mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck eight.
Oh, my, it’s late!
So the mouse went straight to bed.
They might not have gotten it, but I sure did! In fact, lately I can totally relate to the tired father! Barry Blitt‘s illustrations are really funny–I especially love the one of the Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe. Her head is sticking out of the top of the shoe, her face is blue (the rhyme says “Stories were read/Until her face turned blue”), and she is obviously screaming. (I’m not saying I’ve ever felt that way. No way! Not me!)
Parents, this read aloud is for you! If your children enjoy it, then that’s a bonus. 🙂 Actually, reading this book helped me realize that my girls aren’t as familiar with nursery rhymes as I think they should be, so guess what we’re adding to our read-aloud stack? 🙂
We have been reading other things that the girls have loved, though. We finished up Prince Caspian a few days ago, and I hope to have a few thoughts posted about it in the next day or two. What are your reading aloud with your little (or not-so-little) ones? Please share a link to your blog post or tell us about it in the comments!
Have a wonderful Read Aloud Thursday!