Are you traveling for the holidays? Need a good audiobook for a boy?
My son loved Knucklehead: Tall Tales and Almost True Stories of Growing up Scieszka – the memoirs of Jon Scieszka. It is filled with quick, funny stories from Scieska’s childhood growing up with five brothers in Flint, Michigan (sample quote: “I’m the second oldest. And the nicest. And the smartest. And the best looking. And the most humble.”) Many of Scieska’s memories are silly and slightly gross in a way that especially appeals to 6-9 year-old-boys (example: a chapter about what happens when Scieszka and his brother decide to pee on the electrical space heater).
My son had read some of the Time Warp Trio series – but Knucklehead would still be funny even if you haven’t read any of Scieszka’s other books.
Two other books about children’s authors that I loved are:
Boy: Tales of Childhood (Road Dahl) – I read this autobiography to my 9-year-old son and he enjoyed it. Dahl doesn’t shy away from some of the grimmer parts of his childhood (his father’s death, memories of surgery without anesthesia, being caned at school). Sounds like great reading for kids, right? But it is. Slightly dark, always funny – Dahl’s autobiography reads much like his many famous books. It easy to see how his childhood inspired him to write books like The Witches, Charlie and Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and others. My son’s favorite part of the book involved Dahl playing a trick on the owner of a candy store.
Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White (Ala Notable Children’s Books. All Ages) (Melissa Sweet) – I had to look what age this biography was recommended for – as it doesn’t seem like a kid’s book. It is beautiful and fascinating – with rough drawings, letters, and photos from White’s life – but I’m not sure that my elementary-age kids would enjoy yet? But I loved it – and have stuck it on their bookshelf for when they are ready.
How about you? Any good recommendations for audiobooks? Or great children’s book author biography/autobiography?