Back when I had to read every single day the same board-book, there were times when I wondered when it would stop.
When I started the new series about Read aloud books, I wasn’t even aware how soon the day would come when my oldest would read independently.
But he’s firmly 6.5 now, and he’s reading! Alone! (Every scrap of paper and cereal box!!)
Then one evening came when I felt a bit tired or overwhelmed and when my son said: “My turn! Tonight I am reading to you!”. Let me tell you, it was awesome.
I feared it would be twaddle, but I even enjoyed the book, picked by my son from the class bookshelf: The Monster Series by Ellen Blance and Ann Cook. Published in the 1970s, it is as old as I am and I love the illustrations by Quentin Blake! They’re deliciously quaint and easily recognizable.
The sentences are very short and straightforward, but there is a real plot and a real voice. It’s amazing how little is necessary to build a story. It took my son 10-15 minutes to read the whole book word by word, and he even took the time to ponder on the watercolour images.
It took me a while to track down this book, because there’s precious little on the internet about Ellen Blance (yes, there are still people who are mostly unknown on the web, isn’t it reassuring somehow?) and Monster in France is known as Dinomir (which sounds a bit Russian or Slavic, together with a hint of dinosaur) and my son’s school edition has no name on the cover (isn’t that mandatory?)
I didn’t grew up learning to read with Monster/Dinomir, but I’m happy that my son did.
Do you remember what book you first read cover to cover?