All of my best laid plans for spectacular posts about the books Z and I have been reading at bedtime have been put off too long and I have a large stack of review books here that just need to be gotten through. So, in lieu of something truly fun, you get this -- ::wink::
Three years ago, when Z was in preschool, I happened to read The Invention of Hugo Cabret and I loved it. Brian Selznick found a way to take something that many kids might find boring, the story of Georges Méliès, an automaton and the beginning of motion pictures, and make it truly fascinating and wonderful through words and drawings. Now, with the release of the film Hugo, I decided that it was time for Z and I to read the book together. He doesn't want to see any more movies in 3D so we'll be waiting for the dvd before we see the film -- but, we will definitely be waiting with anticipation because Z loved the book! Right after we finished reading it together, it happened to be Georges Méliès' 150th birthday (December 8) and Z was really excited to celebrate it. Recently, we enjoyed watching a small part of the newly colorized and scored A Trip to the Moon (Le voyage dans la lune), with a soundtrack by French electronic band Air. Not only is he interested in these original films but he is also enjoying learning a bit of French!
The next book we read was one that I loved when I first read it in the sixth grade -- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. With this being the 50th anniversary of this amazing book, I was excited to experience it again through a fresh perspective. This was a fantastic choice and Z and I both loved reading it together! Between the word play and the adventures, I think we've found a book we can enjoy over and over through the years.
Finally, we chose a book that was new to both of us -- Half Magic by Edward Eager. Written in 1954, this is the first in a series of the adventures of children who come into contact with various magical items. Again, we had a fun time with this book and will look for more of Edward Eager's books. He has a certain way of writing that treats kids honestly and with faith in their abilities to take care of themselves. They aren't perfect and they make mistakes but they are also able to learn and have a bit of fun along the way.
So now we're keeping our perfect record intact by reading Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, another guaranteed good read.
Spending every night in the best places possible,
K and Z