Scare your children (just a little)

Did you know you that some audiobooks are read by famous actors?  April 19 is Tim Curry’s 70th birthday, which seems like a great time to point out some of the audiobooks he’s narrated for kids.  This is Tim Curry, so we’re talking about stories with villains, crocodiles, pirates, and other scary stuff.

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The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket
“After the sudden death of their parents, the three Baudelaire children must depend on each other and their wits when it turns out that the distant relative who is appointed their guardian is determined to use any means necessary to get their fortune.”  This is the beginning to a darkly funny series with lots of fantastic wordplay.

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Despicable Me: The Junior Novel by Annie Auerbach
“Despicable Me chronicles the hilarious misadventure of Gru, the self-proclaimed ‘world’s greatest super villain’. ”  Also funny.  Also has orphans.

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I, Crocodile in Harry the Dirty Dog and other Animal Stories
Five favorite picture books about animals include a crocodile’s story in his own words.

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Peter Pan in Scarlet by Geraldine McCaughrean
“In the 1930s, all is not well. Nightmares are leaking out of Neverland. Fearing for Peter Pan‘s life, Wendy and the Lost Boys go back to Neverland — with the help of the fairy Fireflyer — only to discover their worst nightmares coming true! Peter Pan and his friends eventually restore Neverland to rights.”  This title is available on CD and as a Playaway.

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Sabriel by Garth Nix
“Sabriel, daughter of the necromancer Abhorsen, must journey into the mysterious and magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead.”  This is the first book in a trilogy by the favorite Australian fantasy author.  It is also available as a downloadable e-audiobook.

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