Hey look, you guys! It's someone needing a book recommendation!
It's been quite a while, and it was a real pleasure to see this in my in-box. Let's see what we have, shall we?
My five year old daughter is addicted to
audiobooks (well, she's addicted to stories in general), and I was
hoping for some recommendations. Length is important because my daughter's love for stories
is equivalent to her hatred for the car, and we are headed out for a
long car trip over Thanksgiving. I need to fill eight hours of drive
time with magical stories that will distract her from her car riding
have gone through the entire Magic Treehouse series, Ivy & Bean
series, A to Z Mysteries, Nate the Great, Cam Jansen and the Little
House on the Prairie set. We've also
read Pippi Longstocking, Geronimo
Stilton and the Fairy Magic books to her at bedtime.I'd
really like to stay away from books that have lots of name calling (I
always cringe when I hear the word "stupid" in the Magic Treehouse and
Ivy & Bean books). I also need something that's not super scary.
I've been browsing audiobooks and am thinking about maybe The Lion
the Witch and the Wardrobe or the Hobbit, but my memory of those books
is sketchy; I have a feeling they are probably a little too old
and/or scary for her. I am also considering Mr. Popper's Penguins and
Dominic, but have never read either of those.
daughter is really into inventions, dinosaurs, animals, etc. I think
the subject probably doesn't matter as much as an engaging story with
funny or interesting characters.
OK, first of all, know that we actually had a very similar question years and years ago, here, so check there for lists of books (and our exactly the same title). But I must admit that we don't do as much listening to audiobooks as we maybe should? Or could? We are very urban in that we don't actually have a car, so it just doesn't come up. When we rent a car for summer vacations we do RadioLab (too old for this young lady) and we did 1,001 Arabian Nights, which was awesome, but which is scary. So…what will it be?
I can say that Mr. Popper's Penguins is terrific, but that's the book, not the audiobook. In fact, given that I don't know any audiobooks, except the one mentioned above, I am going to have to say only two things: The Hobbit is probably too old. And I endlessly love the Narnia books, and so have no objectivity (though they might be a bit intense for 5).
Beyond that? I will trust to the reliable excellence of the commenters, who no doubt know more than one audiobook. To the comments!