Library Books Enjoyed, 9/26/13: Old Favorites Edition

We’ve been getting a lot of old favorites out recently, so here they are:

Arthur's Audio Favorites, Volume 2Arthur’s Audio Favorites, Volume 2 by Marc Brown

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This collection of 6 Arthur books has been used for road trips with my kids at least twice now. The contents include Arthur Goes to Camp, Arthur’s Halloween, Arthur’s Baby, Arthur Meets the President, Arthur Babysits, and Arthur’s Family Vacation. Author Marc Brown reads the books, and he does a pretty convincing reading, with slight voice variations that still let the listeners know pretty easily who’s talking. There are also sound effects, and an introductory song to each book. Adults may find the song annoying, especially after the first book, but if you listen to it enough, it sort of drills into your head far enough that it’s not quite so bad–and my kids really liked it. On this latest trip, my son enjoyed checking out the print version of Arthur Meets the President and following along–and this led us to notice a few differences in the versions. The differences are just a few sentences added to make up for the lack of pictures to give clues to the action in the audio version. All in all, if you like Arthur, this is a well-done audio version of some favorites.

Charlotte's WebCharlotte’s Web by E.B. White

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Charlotte’s Web is always a classic, and listening to the audio version definitely worked as the best way to get our family through it (I started reading it with my now-5-year-old a couple times, but we’d get sidetracked, and it was hard to read a whole chapter with younger sisters around). I especially enjoyed hearing E.B. White read it himself–it feels like time-traveling to get to hear a beloved, now-deceased author read his own work.

We're Going on a Bear HuntWe’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

We’ve listened to this one at storytime, but just finally checked it out. It’s really fun to read, but I think it will be even more fun when I memorize it and we can just act it out. Good pictures that are fun to look at, but it’s hard to act out while holding the book!

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of AnythingThe Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda D. Williams

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We have checked this one out countless times…and I’m just now remembering to review it. A repetitive fall story, this has an air of spookiness, but it doesn’t have anything to really scare any but the most sensitive children (a scary pumpkin head says “Boo, boo!”). I like it for the definite fall feeling, my kids like to say or act the different things the pieces of clothing do, and I think the pictures are charming.

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