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Need books for bedtime reading

I'd like some suggestions for books that I can read to my boys at bedtime. The oldest is 8 and his younger brother is 4. I'm looking for something that will not bore the older boy but will be comprehensible to the younger one. I'm looking for more than one book, so please feel free to recommend multiple titles. Thank you.


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Dec. 18th, 2008 03:27 am (UTC)
do they still make choose your own adventure books? those would be awesome, and that'll allow them to participate in the sessions... i got my first choose your own adventure (Mystery of the Maya) way too young, but i grew into it quickly.
Dec. 18th, 2008 05:05 am (UTC)
Dec. 18th, 2008 05:07 am (UTC)
Ah, there's an idea.
The Jungle Book? Little Kim?

I haven't read much Kipling myself. What titles do you recommend?
Dec. 18th, 2008 10:29 am (UTC)
Fantasy classics
How about The Hobbit, and the Narnia books, especially the early ones like The Magician's Nephew and The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe?
Dec. 19th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC)
Re: Fantasy classics
Absolutely. And I'm sure those are all at the local library, which is within walking distance of my house.
Dec. 18th, 2008 01:25 pm (UTC)
I think Grimm's Fairy Tales is still fantastic for all ages. Get an illustrated one, so the younger one will be interested.

I recently checked out of the library a version of Rip Van Winkle illustrated by perhaps the greatest Victorian children's artist, Arthur Rackham. Anything illustrated by him, or Edmund Dulac, would be a treat.

Rackham illustrated a very interesting take on Alice in Wonderland, but I still like the John Tenniel (spelled right?) of PUNCH magazine. Those images are so iconic. Maybe put on some Jefferson Airplane whilst reading it...

I don't know if they are still in print, but I really liked famed comic book illustrator P. Craig Russell's interpretation of Oscar Wilde's fairy tales. Those are first-rate, and maybe just what you're looking for.

Dec. 19th, 2008 03:26 pm (UTC)
P. Craig Russell
Those look great. Thank you for the suggestion.
Dec. 18th, 2008 01:58 pm (UTC)
The Series of unfortunate events collection was loads of fun.
Of course we read the Harry Potter books also.

We read all the roald dahl stories for kids.

That's a good start, I can't think of any of the others right now...

My daughters grew up really weird though, so consider that a warning... my guess is it can't be blamed on my choice of books for them but still I try:)
Dec. 19th, 2008 04:54 am (UTC)
Second Road Dahl. The Witches is superb.
Dec. 19th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
My suggestions
Hey KMO,
I have to second the nominations for The Hobbit, LOTR, Narnia, and Harry Potter.

Not yet meantioned, I'd recommend the following:

Charlotte's Web - EB White
The Giving Tree - Shell Silverstein
The Butter Battle Book - Dr. Suess
Go Dogs, Go - Dr. Suess

The Hardy Boys Series - Franklin W. Dixon
Encyclopedia Brown Mysteries - Forgot the author
Mrs. Piggle Wiggle books - ditto

Dec. 19th, 2008 06:39 am (UTC)
Books 'n words.
Hesashibur Dr KMO,

Books to read to your kids. All the previous suggestions seem reasonable.

However if I may recommend almost anything by the mighty Tesuka Osamu. There are all in comic/graphic novel form, thus, perhaps appealing to the cartoonist in yourself and creating an appreciation in your kids.

I'd start with Buddha 1. Its part historically accurate and part imagination (and what an imagination) a story to be enjoyed on many level.

You could also go for Hi no Tori or Phoenix. Again an awesome tale that will surely have your kids mesmerised.

You can check out some other Osamu works.

I rather fancy sending you the Buddha book as a gift through amazon but I dont know your postal address. And you may well not want to read it. I may well simply donate the price of the book via paypal.

I have a question of my own. Perhaps around Apocalypse Not. You mentioned some one who was statistically analysing the words that main stream media spews out in order to observe subtle changes in trends and policies etc. Could you possible direct me to where I can find out more about this endeavour?

Always thank you to you, your family and your show.

Well, Be Well.
Dec. 19th, 2008 03:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Books 'n words.

I'd love to receive any books you feel motivated to send:

PO Box 772
Cecilton, MD 21913

In answer to your question, I was talking about Clif High and his web bot project which you can find here:


I'm actually quite familiar with Osamu Tezuka (having an abiding interest in comics and having lived in Japan), and I've actually "read" the first chapter of the Buddha story of which you wrote. I put "read" in quotation marks, because in my memory that portion of the story is all picture and no dialog. Now that I think about it, I bet my boys would really love Usagi Yojimbo. I have a bunch of those, but they're all at my mom's house in Arkansas. :(
Dec. 22nd, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)
Re: Books 'n words.
Thanks for the prompt reply.
You da man.

Looks like your a few steps ahead of me on the Japanese Manga front.

I had another cheeky look at Buddha too, It's a bit tricky in parts, Not much dialogue, and some topless slave women. But do check out some Tesuka Osamu. He is the Manga godfather.

Thanks for the Clif High link too.

Havent listened to the now show yet but am looking forward to doing so.

Peace, health and happiness be with you and your family dude.

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