I love story time…as long as it’s done in under 10 minutes. I love a good Sandra Boynton book or even Dr. Seuss. I’ve read about Mice and Cookies and Cats and Muffins – NO PROBLEM. We love Wild Things and Hungry Caterpillars. But now that Nikki has grown out of those books, she tends to read on her own.
I JUST GET BORED. And sleepy.
You give me a book longer than 10 minutes, especially if there’s no way to liven it up with dancing or silly voices, then I get BORED. And often I start yawning and falling asleep. I just kinda hate reading chapter books to the kids. I KNOW. So many people I know have read Harry Potter to their kids and while I think in theory this sounds so cool? In actuality? IT SOUNDS LIKE HELL. And yes…I’m aware this makes me an awful parent.
Now…bring in Chris Colfer.
We all know he’s always been the thing keeping me watching Glee. I just adore him on the show and in ever interview I’ve ever seen him do EVER. When I heard he was writing a kid’s book I was sold before it even had a title. As the details came out about it, I realized it would probably be one of those perfect Bedtime Story type books: aimed for ages 8-12, about kids falling into a book of fairytales, the beginning of a series of books. In other words? I started hating the book. BAH. Don’t make me read long stories to the kids. I CAN’T DEAL WITH STORY TIME.
The Land Of Stories came out last week and let me tell you: I AM A CHANGED WOMAN.
We’ve been reading one chapter every night and it turns out? I love story time! I think a lot of why I’m loving it is that – so far – the most recent chapters all end as a type of cliffhanger. AND NIKKI LOVES IT. It’s so hysterical! One chapter ended with the kid’s book glowing and she screamed, “NOOOOOOooooooo!!!” Last night? Was when one of the kids fell into the book. (That’s not a spoiler, it’s in the book description.) She screamed, “NOT AGAIN!” It was hysterical. And the story is good…the kid’s have great personalities and they’re fun to animate. The chapters are just long enough that I don’t start falling asleep reading out loud (WHY DOES THIS HAPPEN TO ME?) – but long enough to warrant a sufficient story time.
Now…will I still hate story time when it last longer than 10 minutes and doesn’t involve pictures? Probably as a whole – yes. But will I totally finish The Land Of Stories in one-chapter sessions with the kids? YES. DEFINITELY. I’m trying my best not to read ahead of the kids but it’s hard because I’m kinda dying to know what happens next.
But I will STAY STRONG and maybe regain some of my parenting story time cred.