So, I’ve shared in previous posts, like this one, that my daughter and I have bonded over the Whatever After series by Sarah Mlynowski. We just finished the 6th book out of 10 in the series and if you haven’t already read any of them, I strongly suggest them. They are funny fractured fairy tales, and we both love them.
My daughter recently had a book fair at her school, and she created a “Wish List’ of books she wanted that included the latest book in the series, Abby in Wonderland, which I of course okayed. Now after we finished book 6, she informed me that she when she got the book, she was going to read it… by herself!
Does she not realize I’m as invested in this series as she is? Why would she do this to me? So I told her that I didn’t think that was fair, and this was her response,
“Alright mom, I’ll wait. You do read with really good expression and that makes the book fun. Even though all the voices sound the same.”
Now, I’ve always wanted to be a great storyteller, I love listening to people who can read doing different voices for the characters and I admire their skills. I can’t seem to do that consistently (or well), so I just try to make sure I add some expression when I do read. I thought I was doing a decent job, but I didn’t have official confirmation until this moment. So I’m here to tell you, even if you can’t make the monster sound monsterly or have a teeny tiny fairy sounding voice, your child can still enjoy the story to (almost) the same extent.
Side note: I ended up telling her she could read it without me. It’s a special edition, so it won’t affect the storyline for me.