My taste vary. I love a good, blood stained horror, but also a well written kids story. Lots of Sci-Fi, but also Hist. Fiction. No boring!!!
RAINBOW PAINT DRIES VERY QUICK AND VERY HARD
Dahl has a wonderful imagination. Children will love this book and Adults will like it. I enjoyed it and was always interested in what was going to happen next. James and his giant insect friends and his giant peach manage to get into several fixes, but James always comes up with the type of solution that only a ten year old would dream up. I would recommend this for seven and up, but would also suggest that you get an illustrated copy to read along with listening, it should enhance the experience. I imagine nook has a copy.
How do you put your arms around an Earthworm's shoulders?
Four people die in this book. James becomes an orphan when his parents are eaten by a Rhino. We never meet his parents and it is told as something that happened in the past. It is not described in detail or anything, just used to make James a orphan, so we can get to the evil aunts. The aunts are squashed by the Peach. I really did not feel this was necessary to the story, but it was also not really spelled out and I believe most kids may not realize that they were killed. Older kids will figure it out and I thought you should be warned. All in all it is a book that will stir your child's imagination.
AS a kid, the first thing I looked forward to after Christmas was The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. It was always aired in Feb., which was sweeps month. I did not know that, I just knew it was sometime after Christmas. It was a great musical and this is a great book. They differ some and are the same a lot. The musical gave the Wicked Witch of the West a huge part that she did not have in the book. It was interesting to see the differences and easy to see why certain changes were made. The book is more violent, with some head chopping going on, but not enough to make the whole book not worth reading. It was published in 1900 and was the best selling children's book for two years.
Baum has an excellent imagination and I loved the ceramic people, which was not in the movie. There are lessons on courage, intelligence, tenderness, confidence and ambition, which children and adults of today can learn much.
Hathaway has taken a real beating by some reviewers. I did not always agree with her interpretations of the characters, (Valley girls did not exist when this was written) but I thought she brought life to the book. She kept it interesting. I much prefer a narrator that spices up the reading, as a reader who just mouths the words. Baum himself changed the book and characters in order to get it on Broadway. If he was alive today, I do not believe he would have a problem with his story being updated.
I also liked the book Wicked, which gives you the witches side of the story.
ONE SEES CLEARLY ONLY WITH THE HEART
You will love the main character, the Little Prince. He is sweet. Your kids will not understand everything the first time and neither will you. It is a deep story, which will make more and more sense with multiple listens. There are several lessons, my favorite being that the flower you take care of becomes important to you. All the roses in a field of roses may not be special, but the rose you water, feed and take care of is special.
NO GROWN UP WILL EVER UNDERSTAND
I was not particular happy with the constant putting down of grown ups. Yes, grown ups do not have the imagination of a child. Grown ups do spend a lot of time being serious. We do need to be reminded what is important. Course if someone does not go to work to buy food and pay the bills, kids won't have the ability to spend all day dreaming. Putting a set of people down in order to seem cool to another set of people is not okay with me.
ALL GROWN UPS WERE CHILDREN FIRST
This was a great idea for a book, but I did think it meandered just a little and I did not always see the purpose in some of the stories. This is basically a bunch of small stories that connect.
Narrator was excellent and made the experience great.