You know your vision’s narrowing when you’re jealous about the bedtime stories you get to read

August 17th, 2005 at 10:03 pm by james

Michelle got to read Josie the Smartest Giant in Town.

I can’t b-e-l-i-e-v-e it! I get to read squidgy infant identify-the-animal books, picture books, and “The New Baby”. These books have – I’ll be kind – limited appeal. After the first month of reading them every night, I am:
a) Out of ideas to make them stimulating, or at all useful or entertaining
b) Completely, utterly, mind-numbingly bored

Every night at book choosing time Josie goes through her bedside hoard:
[Dad] Ooh! The Smartest Giant in Town!
[Josie] No …
[Dad] Oh look, the Gruffalo
[Josie] Ummm, no …
[Dad] The snail and the whale? (please God)
[Josie] No … this one (passing me the dictionary which should not be next to her bed)

How old do you think children should be before you read them Lord of the Rings, because it’s about that time of year again.

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