Fredericksburg Parent

April 2015

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www.FredParent.NET • • • • 35 • • • • • • 35 • • 35 • 35 For young ones, picture book authors often have an entire collection of their stories on a single disc offering several tales about a favorite character or a variety of different adven- tures. The Neil Gaiman Audio Collection is a great example of the latter. Stories like The Day I Swapped my Dad for Two Goldfish and The Wolves in the Walls are bril- liant pieces with unexpected twists and turns all read in Gaiman's sweet lilting voice. Narrator and actor Tim Curry delights in the dark- ness of Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Start with The Bad Beginning to hear how the three clever Baudelaire orphans find themselves in the care of the conniving Count Olaf, who wishes to claim their vast inheritance. No one else seems to notice Olaf's scheme, so Vio- let, Klaus and Sunny must use their individual talents to outwit the unfit foster parent and es- cape his clutches. Snicket's dry sense of humor pairs well with Curry's deep British accent. Library Tidbits BY CRAIG GRAZIANO Philip Pullman's terrific action-fan- tasy novel The Golden Compass was turned into a movie a few years ago, but t he best adapta- tion is actually this wonderfully produced audiobook. Lyra Belac- qua journeys from her home in Oxford to the far north so that she can save her best friend and many other children from being kidnapped. Along the way she meets armor-clad polar bears and unex- pected villains. This audiobook, which is read by a full cast, makes for a more dramatic and exciting experi- ence. For those who get hung up on one narrator reading every character's voice, The Golden Compass is a wonderful gem. All titles are available at the Central Rappahannock Regional Library; place them on hold at S pring Break is right around the corner. Are you ready for that 10-hour car trip? Audiobooks are the best way to turn a day in the car into a non-stop thrill ride. Check out these recommendations. Audiobooks for Spring Break Travel Audiobooks are the best way to turn a day in the car into a non-stop thrill ride.

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