On our library trip this week, I decided to go ahead and pick up our first chapter book and start some nighttime chapter reading. Z has always wanted to read his own books so we've never been able to do this before. He's gotten better lately about sitting and listening to me read without grabbing the book out of my hands and taking off running. As I thought about which book to choose first, I felt that I couldn't choose anything more appealing to a 4 year old kid than Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.
There's no point in reviewing this book -- most of us know it by heart! I would like to recommend the version that we picked up at the library, the one that is pictured here, the 40th Anniversary Edition from 2004. The book is incredibly colorful with little sketches of candy on each page and different pastel colors for each chapter, along with the always fantastic illustrations by Quentin Blake.
We started last night and ended up reading three chapters and two chapters tonight. When I try and close the book, Z runs over and turns to the next page and reads "Chapter Five, The Golden Tickets" and I have to keep going. I'm enjoying reading to Z and even though it's not always obvious if he is paying attention or not, when he comes running back over to ask for more, I know that he is enjoying himself. These are the rewards of being a parent!
K and Z
Buy Charlie and the Chocolate Factory on Amazon or find it at your local library.