We listened to a book on the way to school today. We have been doing this with the girls since they were all very little and we love it. I remember the days in which we would visit our local and wonderful library and load up with cassette tapes (and later, CDs) whenever we were starting a long car trip or just needing something to get their minds off of what was expected to be a difficult day (and sometimes a week) at school.
Today it was with my 14 year-old and our selection was the first couple of chapters in C.S. Lewis’ classic, The Screwtape Letters. If you haven’t yet read this one, it is a fascinating what-if story and this particular audio version stars Andy Serkis, who has played Gollum so well through The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit epics at the movie theater. He is masterful in this book role, as well.
Looking back, we have listened to such books as Chocolate Fever, Bud Not Buddy, Love Ruby Lavender, Mr. Popper’s Penguins, Junie B. Jones, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, The Spiderwick Chronicles, Holes, Because of Winn Dixie, A Cricket in Times Square, Charlotte’s Web, The War of the Worlds, and Superfudge.
As the girls moved through a school year, it was so often settling to them on the drive to school to listen to these whimsical and often very funny stories read so well to them. Many included sound effects and cast members, just like an old radio drama. Others were a single voice using incredible talent in dialogue and character to bring the words of these wonderful authors to life right inside our car.
Books work their magic as few other things in life are able to do. Whether by turning the page or turning up the volume, they linger somewhere inside us and they are ours.
P.S. Speaking of audiobooks, I ran across this ad campaign from a couple of years ago that was done by Penguin for classics such as Julia’s favorite, The Wizard of Oz. There a few more to see when you click on the picture below: