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Old 5th Aug 2008, 7:21   #1
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My friend's five year old son wants for his dad to read him some bedtime stories. The problem is that my friend (Mr. Dad) doesn't know any good ones. Can you help? Which were your favorites?

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Whooo, I see a wave of nostalgia a-coming this way!

I think when I was five I was still heavily into pictures and illustrations (still am, if 'm brutally honest) and anything illustrated by Quentin Blake sticks in my memory - Mr Magnolia Has Only One Boot was a good one, and I think he illustrated one about a giant crocodile but I can't remember what it was called.

There was also a book about a fella called 'Haddock McCraddock' (I think that was his name) who always whistled the Blue Danube. I remember that one fondly but mostly cos Dad was very good at the whistling part.

Other than that, most of my childhood book memories consist of reading and loving The Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, trying and hating the Narnia stories, going back to The Hitchikers Guide To The Galaxy, trying and not really liking Swallows And Amazons, going back to the HitchHikers Guide To The Galaxy, and interspersing everything liberally with Roald Dahl, who of course was often assisted by Quentin Blake.

I think for being read to, The Twits and George's Marvellous Medicine were probably my favourites. If you can find Rik Mayall to read Georges Marvelous Medicine so much the better. (link)
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Winnie the Pooh, Winnie the Pooh and other adventures with Christopher Robin et al (A.A. Milne originals only not the awful Disney versions)! Gotta have them.

I liked the Narnia stories... and they're good for a certain age. (not sure what that is though as I'm still enjoying them now!)

I remember Dad reading us 'The Highwayman' one halloween, that was great, if a bit scary!
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I think Dr. Seuss is always a good idea. I loved anything Paddington. I would highly recommend Joan Aiken's (Conrad Aiken's daughter's) Necklace of Raindrops and Other Stories(the link is to Amazon for reviews and the like). I was read Aiken's stories as a child, remembered them as a teenager, reread them as an adult, and was always enchanted by them.
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Default Re: Favorite Bedtime Stories

It's harder for me to work out what kind of level of reading I'd have been able to attend to as a 5 year old, rather than what I would have been capable of reading myself. I think Digger is probably bang on the nail with Winnie the Pooh, though, so how about some of the other classics like Thomas the Tank Engine (I think that the original stories are about the right length?) and Beatrix Potter?
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Yes, Pooh and Paddington for 5 year olds.

And easier on the brain for the story reader than Seuss.
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How about The Twits by Roald Dahl for a 5 year old? My personal favourite was Matilda, but I have a feeling I was a wee bit older when I read that. 7 or 8 maybe.
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The books of AA Milne's poems were also good, if mum or dad were feeling slightly lazy we'd get a selection from 'When we were very young' or 'now we are six', that latter one, of course, is not suitable for a five year old...

Twits also good, nicely gross. I don't remember having Paddington, but we did have Seuss and also Beatrix Potter.
Also one of mum's favourites was this little ditty:

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The Puffin
by florence jacques

There once was a puffin just the shape of a muffin,
And he lived on an island in the deep blue sea,
He ate little fishes, which were most delicious,
And he ate them for breakfast and he ate them for tea.

But this poor little puffin, he couldn't play nothin',
'Cause he didn't have no-one to play with at all.
So he sat on his island and he cried for a while, and
He felt very lonesome and he felt very small.

Then along came the fishes and they said, "If you wishes,
You can have us for playmates, instead of for tea."
Now they all play together in all kinds of weather,
And the puffin eats pancakes, like you and like me.
Despite loving it, and the way it was told, I distinctly remember this being a con in the bedtime story remit - far too short, even if there were special voices! Remember the puffins DaveyB?
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My six year old and I just just completed all the The Uncle Books by J P Martin. I think these are out of print but they turn up on eBay. I loved them as a kid and so did she.

Hope you're keeping notes JS
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Try Shel Silverstein or Daniel Pinkwater.
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