But I wondered, if I can memorize so many verses of Dr. Seuss without even trying, could I get more out of our bedtime reading?
Childcraft when I was young, and that I liked it.
I am impressed. Mr. Field isn't afraid to use real words. "The Dinkey-Bird" contains several big, juicy words such as sapient, appogiatura, roundelay, and delectation. I started to feel my brain coming back to me.
Last month, I received Mom and Dad Are Palindromes for my birthday. I put it up in Red Chief's room with the rest of his books, figuring I would have the best chance of reading it there, as we read to him before his nap and before bedtime every day.
The first time I read it to him, he got fed up with me as I was sidetracked by all the palindromes in the illustrations, and he took the page-turning into his own hands. Now, for inscrutable reasons of his own, it's his favorite.
Last week I borrowed two books from the library that I remembered seeing in a bookstore: The Girl's Like Spaghetti and Eats, Shoots & Leaves, both by Lynne Truss. Each two-page spread in these books contain sentences identical in everything but punctuation . . . and meaning. The comical illustrations help show the difference between the sentences.
I was an English major in college, and I love grammar, so these books were highly amusing for me. They brought back so many memories of my grammar classes, including a particularly hilarious class on ambiguity. Even if these books don't bring back fond memories of your own, though, I think you'll still like them.
What are some of your favorite bedtime stories?
(Images from Barnes & Noble and Amazon.)