Thursday, October 9, 2014
New Chapter in Reading
It's been awesome curling up to read these longer stories with Leo. These days he's all jumping and climbing and talking a million miles an hour - so slowing down to cuddle and read is especially nice. Since, these books do NOT usually hold Zoe's attention, it's tough to find time (aside from her nap time or when she wants to nurse) to really settle in to reading with him. We've certainly been making good use of the bookmarks he got for his birthday (Thank you Maya and Lydia!).
The last book we read was Charlie and Chocolate Factory. My absolute favorite moment during that book - or possibly ever - was when we were reading the part when charlie is slowly opening the wrapper hoping to find a golden ticket. At that moment, as I read, Leo quickly covered his eyes and exclaimed, "I can't look!" There wasn't a single picture on the page - he was just so overcome by the story. It was freaking amazing.
After we finished the book we had a weekend double feature viewing both the Gene Wilder and the Jonny Depp movie versions. Leo picked out EVERY little difference between the book and each movie. From major changes - like, "Why doesn't he have a dad in this movie?" to strangely small things like, "In the book he used the word ___ instead of ____." If it wasn't for the novelty of it being the first time we watched a movie based on a book we've read I might have asked him to can it after a while.
I'm looking forward to reading more and more chapter books with him, though I'd like to diversify a bit. This list is a good start - though Roald Dahl does hold three of the top then spots, so I guess we are on the right track. What chapter books do you enjoy reading aloud?