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To think that some children's stories are awful to read aloud?

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VioletBam Thu 02-Jun-16 11:49:03

Enid Blyton I'm looking at you.

Also...while I love My Naughty Little Sister...the way the stories are written are terrible to read out loud.

It's a very specific style that author has....sort of child-like...Enid bloody Blyton though!

Just churned my way through 2 chapters of The Magic Faraway Tree and God! It was hard going.

Those short she mentions everything umpteen times.


TheAnswerIsYes Thu 02-Jun-16 13:03:10

I have read The Enchanted Wood to my (then) 4yo and we're now halfway through the Faraway Tree. I think it's just just the right level for a 5yo and I am just so pleased to not have to read those awful Mr Men books.

We've read some Roald Dahl and I think we'll try some more once we have finished the Faraway Tree trilogy. Esio Trot, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory were popular.

Look up the author Johnny Duddle. Fab books for reading to your kids.

Somerville Thu 02-Jun-16 13:11:38

YANBU about reading Blyton aloud.

I quite enjoyed reading My Naughty Little Sister stories aloud though. especially The Naughtiest Story of All. My 9 year old still sometimes requests that one, but she has to hide under the cover for the really naughty part. grin

Do not read Rainbow fucking Magic aloud. No parent deserves that.

Thymeout Thu 02-Jun-16 13:30:23

I saved Enid Blyton for when they could read them themselves. Easy readers. I chose more difficult books, that weren't as irritating, for reading aloud to them. I could always abridge or substitute words if it was a bit heavy going.

VioletBam Thu 02-Jun-16 14:32:05

Oh The Naughtiest Story of Them All! That's such brilliance! grin

I also love the trifle one and Bad Harry.

RattusRattus Thu 02-Jun-16 14:37:38

Can't stand reading any Lauren Child books aloud. Esp Who's Afraid Of The Big Bad Book.

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 02-Jun-16 14:40:54

I want Robert Munsch to go to hell and his punishment is to have his books read aloud every minute of every day. Is that wrong?

ParanoidGynodroid Thu 02-Jun-16 14:41:16

Those books which feature songs are a bugbear of mine. Am I supposed to make up a tune that will work with how it scans and sing it?

Roald Dahl and Julia Donaldson I'm looking at you (amongst others)!

ParadiseCity Thu 02-Jun-16 14:43:38

I used to hide one about this Troll who went off to be a pirate or something. It was just all the wrong words to say aloud. Also tyrannosaurus bloody drip.

phlebasconsidered Thu 02-Jun-16 14:44:36

Dogger is brilliance to read aloud. I have a large version any class, even big ones, will listen to.

I got lumbered with Gangsta Gran as a class book. It is very very boring to read aloud.Most of Walliams is. Relies heavily on large printed wailing sounds when he's run out of ideas. On the other hand, the wholeclass loved Kensukes Kingdom.

I second the pp who mentioned Rainbow Fairies. I have to try so hard not to nod off when kids read me them. I actually think they are dire. When I question a child about them to check understanding I am hard pressed to know if they are recalling the story they have just read or one of the other five hundred that are exactly the same. Same with bloody Beastquest. At least Wimpy Kid is funny.

SaturdaySurprise Thu 02-Jun-16 15:51:14

I can't stand We're Going On a Bear Hunt. I skip the pages of repetition about going under and over things.

MrsTerryPratchett Thu 02-Jun-16 15:58:39

Fucking Space Mouse.

I can't wait until DD learns to read.

Purplepicnic Thu 02-Jun-16 16:23:32

Oh god. Who mentioned Tyrannosaurus Drip.


ParanoidGynodroid Thu 02-Jun-16 16:39:48

Oh I hate Tyrannosaurus Drip

"Down with war!" What war?
I hate all those multitudes of stories where carnivorous animals are portrayed as villains. Wolves, foxes, sharks, dinosaurs... all getting their comeuppance. Stupid. Would be OK if the writer/ readers are vegan or something. Actually, even then pretty stupid.

SlinkyVagabond Thu 02-Jun-16 16:46:05

Thomas the bastarding Tank Engine (and all his whiny, class ridden, servile friends)
Every single overly verbose, excruciating, no they aren't fucking funny Mr Men.
That is it.

trixymalixy Thu 02-Jun-16 16:47:31

We're going on a bear hunt. Hate it, don't understand why it's so popular!

pointythings Thu 02-Jun-16 16:52:34

I used to hate the Rainbow Fairies, and the sodding Tiara Club too. Then as the DDs got older I learned that a lot of authors of older kids are also hard going to read out loud. JK Rowling, I am so looking at you...

Then we got onto Terry Pratchett, whose books are made for reading out loud. We finished the Discworld series shortly before DD1 turned 15.

Tanaqui Thu 02-Jun-16 17:12:56

My naughty little sister is fab for reading aloud- you need a hint of a welsh accent for it!

Thomas the tank is the worst for me.

Ilovewillow Thu 02-Jun-16 17:45:50

I feel for you we have read the faraway tree twice now and it's so long!!

DrasticAction Thu 02-Jun-16 17:46:35

I am just so pleased to not have to read those awful Mr Men books

At last, I have heard someone else voice this.

DD got brought a whole set, I couldn't do it, it was painful, I let them slip away to the charity shop one day. Utterly hideous!

YY to Enid Blyton, awful awful awful!

Great ones I have found are R dhal, and the Mr Gum books, a joy to read, so funny and entertaining.

DrasticAction Thu 02-Jun-16 17:48:46

Lemony Snicket, also A JOY to read aloud.

FedUpWithBriiiiiick Thu 02-Jun-16 17:51:39

Oliver Jeffers is brilliant to read aloud. Helps to have a Norn Iron accent.

Banderwassnatched Thu 02-Jun-16 17:51:59

Mr Men surprisingly bad to read out loud. We are currently reading 'How to Capture am Invisible Cat'- I am not loving the story and it is extremely hard to read out loud well.

Peppapogstillonaloop Thu 02-Jun-16 17:52:44

Oh god the rainbow fairies. I can actually feel brain cells dying as I read them.:.
Was so excited to read blyton to dd as loved it as a child but just started faraway tree and it is SO painful..
Yy to songs..smartest giant in town..someone give me a tune!!

IrisPrima Thu 02-Jun-16 17:53:22

Oh I too hate Mr Men. Sooooo over long and tedious.

I love Elmer but the way the words are spaced on the

page makes you read

it weird


Also Winnie the Pooh. Long rambling sentences with lots of sub clauses. Horrendous.

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