Book – Pippi Longstocking

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I have really fond memories of this book, about a fabulously strong, kind and completely unconventional girl and her two next-door neighbour friends. My 5 year old laughed along too!

Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren is just about as absurd and fun as I remember it. Definitely a classic worth listening to.

Narrator Christina Moore is actually a bit no-nonsense sounding, but somehow it works well for this book.

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Series – Flat Stanley

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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.

Author – Roald Dahl

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I so wanted to share these beloved stories with my daughter earlier on in our listening journey, but there are some potentially scary elements, so I had to wait. Finally put on a couple of the shorter stories recently, and it was love!

All of Roald Dahl‘s books have this wonderful dark humour that I adore. We haven’t listened to everything yet, but so far so good!

Start with the Roald Dahl Audio Collection (read by the author!) and go on from there. I found most of them at my local library.

    

    

   

    

My personal favourite is The Witches but it can be a little intense for younger listeners. The movie still gives me chills too!

Series – The Fudge Books

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Seriously, who doesn’t remember and love Judy Blume and her delightful tales about Peter and Fudge Hatcher? And don’t forget their friend Sheila Tubman.

I’m most familiar with the first three books in the series, having read them as a kid myself. But there are five in total:

And they are read by the author herself!

My older daughter (being the big sister) loves the sibling aspect of these books. We have definitely laughed out loud many times listening to Fudge’s hilarious antics. Peter is definitely a good, long-suffering big brother.

Author – Dr. Seuss

As a kid, I was a big fan of Dr. Seuss books. They are just so silly and fun!

Although wonderful for younger kids, these two collections of stories are full of enough big name comedic stars (like Billy Crystal, Kelsey Grammer, David Hyde Pierce, and more) that even adults will enjoy the readings.

We found the matching books at our library and followed along too. Definitely still childhood classics!

Series – Wayside School

We listened to this audiobook collection on a road trip from Vancouver, BC to Portland, OR, about a six hour drive one way. It was perfect. Charmingly read by the author, Louis Sachar, this zany series kept us all entertained for hours on the road.

The students are weird, the teachers are weird, and everything they do is a little bit strange. My kid (even at age 4) loved it – but older children and adults (including my husband!) will definitely appreciate the humour too.

They have definitely stood the test of time; I remember reading these books when I was a kid!

The collection contains three books:

  • Sideways Stories from Wayside School
  • Wayside School is Falling Down
  • Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger

The chapters are fairly short, and can almost stand alone, especially the first book. Great for both home and car!