Series – Araminta Spookie

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Halloween is almost here, so thought I’d share this lightly spooky series by Angie Sage.

Despite the titles, these books are not actually that scary! They are moderately entertaining adventures about a precocious, rather sarcastic girl named Araminta, who happens to live in a haunted house.

There are four titles available as audiobooks, and several more books that haven’t been recorded.

 

My 5 year old really likes them, and asks for them over and over. I thought they were… okay. Narrator Katherine Kellgren definitely made listening much more enjoyable! (We also love her in other works.)

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Series – Geronimo Stilton

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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!

Series – Bunnicula

I can’t stop looking up my old favourites to share with my daughter. And this series about everyone’s favourite vampire bunny by Deborah and James Howe is no exception.

Even though it’s meant for slightly older kids (perhaps age 8 to 12), my almost five year old still really enjoyed these books! True, some of the jokes in this funny, slightly spooky series went over her head, but I definitely loved re-listening with her.

While I could find the first collection at my local library, I eventually bought the second collection through Audible. Victor Garber is wonderful as the narrator in the first six books. I’d say the seventh book that doesn’t quite live up to the earlier works, but overall, still worth checking out the series.