So I’m actually embarrassed by how much I was entertained by this collaborative adventure series (speaking as a grown adult, and not because I enjoyed this as a child like some of the other children’s books I’ve reviewed).
Rated for age 9+ and definitely not for young kids as there’s violence, murder, and mean language. But despite having a completely unrealistic story line and unnecessary merchandising, the series was quite thrilling and fun.
The plot centers on two orphaned siblings, Amy and Dan, who are a part of the Cahill family, the most influential family in the world! *insert eye roll* However this leads to lots of incidental learning about historical figures and different countries.
Amy and Dan must compete with their extended family members to gather the 39 clues in order to solve an ancient family mystery.
The series is written by a number of different authors, such as Rick Riordan, and is narrated by David Pittu, who does a nice job. Check this out at your library if you’re looking for not too serious, popcorn-y entertainment.
Well the name says it all. This free podcast is all about telling a good story.
Story Time does the job telling fun, original, not too long stories that are perfect for bedtime or car rides.
Bonus points for host Rob Griffiths and his soothing British accent!
Young Stanley Lambchop was hit by a falling bulletin board and is now as flat as a pancake. But being half an inch thick has advantages, like the ability to be mailed all over the world! Readers can travel with him and his brother Arthur, in Flat Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures.
My daughter loved the original whimsical picture book by Jeff Brown. This particular series was written after his death by a number of different authors, including Sara Pennypacker (who we know and love from the Clementine series)! My daughter devoured it all the same.
Another series by Alexander McCall Smith that we love.
Just like Precious Ramotswe, Akimbo is inquisitive and brave. As the son of the head ranger on a game preserve in Africa, he gets up close and personal with lots of different animals.
There are five books in this great series, but we’ve only found audio versions for the first four. Narrated by the author.
Look for them at your library, or on Audible.
Ah, the eternal question, “Why?”
Every kid seems to go through a questioning phase, and this free science podcast aims to answer some of those burning queries.
Produced by Vermont Public Radio, Buy Why allows kids to send in their own questions, and they provide the answers! They tackle all sorts of questions, big and small.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster was a favourite of mine growing up.
I love the humour and play on words that fill this book, which is about a bored young boy name Milo who enters the fantastic Kingdom of Wisdom by way of a magical tollbooth. In this strange land you can literally get lost in the Doldrums, or jump to Conclusions. Guess what, he doesn’t stay bored for long!
Actor David Hyde Pierce is on point as the narrator of this quirky book!
Currently my kid’s new favourite series. She found the popular books at the library, and I immediately checked to see if audio versions were available. Why yes!
Created by Italian author Elisabetta Dami, then translated into English (and many other languages), it’s about a mouse named Geronimo, who hails from New Mouse City on Mouse Island. He’s a journalist at The Rodent’s Gazette, and has adventures all over the world with his sister Thea, cousin Trapp, and nephew Benjamin.
The books have cute illustrations, and it’s a fun series for early readers to enjoy with both book and audio.
Some of the earlier books are narrated by actor Edward Hermann, and the later ones by Bill Lobley.
This is just a start. There are almost seventy books in the series – too many to list! And that’s not including the spin-off series about Thea Stilton and other characters who inhabit Mouse universe, which sadly don’t currently have audio versions.
But there’s more than enough Geronimo books to keep you busy!