One caveat: Arthur's Audio Adventures covers several of the original Arthur the Aardvark tales; however, each short book is separated by the same obnoxious (and LONG) Arthur song. Perhaps it is part of the animated TV series? I don't know, but I do know that two days later, it is still ringing in my ears.
The Arthur fiasco aside, audiobooks have really been a beautiful thing for our family. Especially as our kids get older, the books become more interesting for all involved. This time, we are working through J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan. Is there anyone on the planet not familiar with this great story? I've known the tale for years, but realized as we began listening to the book that I've never read it. What an unwitting loss I've suffered all these years! The Disney movie version is surprisingly faithful to the original book, but it does not capture Barrie's unbelievably blithe wit and subtle winks at the parents who undoubtedly would be reading his book. It is fantastic! And though the e-edition I have is cumbersome (it is downloaded as a single track, so to return to your spot, you have to fast-forward through hours of material.), the story is so good as to keep us enthralled.
The other bit of childlike pleasure I've been enjoying lately is The Borrowers by Mary Norton. Homily, Pod, and Arrietty are charmingly real characters, and I especially love the frame story technique. It was interesting to watch as our daughter worked out the concept of someone in a story telling a story. At first, she would ask why we weren't hearing more about Kate and Mrs. May, but she soon settled into the story, focused on the little ones, and seemed to forget about those big humans. Now, we're almost finished, and Mrs. May and Kate have resurfaced. Though their reintroduction is interesting, we are in total suspense as to what has happened to Homily, Pod, and Arrietty, which is, I imagine, exactly what Norton desired for that rhetorical technique to achieve.
What about you? What's your favorite children's book? Any suggestions for next time?