I love reading to my girls and most of the time I love Dr. Seuss.
But the lovely Doctor wrote a particular tale that I wish we’d never brought home from the library.
It’s not his fault really. It’s a fine story. In fact, Julia would argue that it’s THE BEST story. And therein lies my problem.
Every night for the last three weeks, Julia has insisted that I read to her Bartholomew and the Oobleck
(Okay, there was one weekend in there that I was out of town, but she still insisted that her sitter read it to her.)
It is a looooooong story and does not follow the typical fun Dr. Seuss writing style. (At least it does have a good message as King Derwin ruler of the Kingdom of Didd learns the magic of the words “I’m sorry.”)
Julia has often chosen different books as favourites and we’ve had to read those over and over, but never one as long as Oobleck. I admit as I read it I often skip sentences, but she’s very clever and catches my omissions. “You missed the sentence about the silly magicians not doing a thing!”
So here’s my dilemma…
This copy of Bartholomew and the Oobleck belongs to the library and I’ve just renewed it. But Julia is BEGGING me to buy it. Do I go out and buy our own copy of the book? Or do I return it and try to entice her with other new books? What would YOU do?
And please tell me… what books have your children forced you to read over and over? Which ones drove you the most crazy?
(By the way, those links to Oobleck include my Amazon affiliate link, just in case you too want to read about Oobleck every night.)