For some reason my 5-year-old LOVES the Rainbow Magic Special Edition Fairy books – such as “Shannon the Ocean Fairy,” and I absolutely hate these books. This particular book was all about fairies and goblins in water rescuing pearls. The girl’s poor grandmother has no idea where she is, and it’s just so poorly written.
The Fairy books are mostly long chapter books (like 160 pages) and she loves to check them out from the school library even though she cannot read them yet. (She can read but not 160-page chapter books.) So that means we get to read them to her. Now I don’t mind reading to my kids. They have all three been read to plenty but these books are just awful.
The book was overdue because none of us wanted to read it to her. (I kept trying to get Rose to read it to her, but she wouldn’t bite.) So just to get the book returned the school library I read her more than 50 pages of it last night before bed. She was thrilled. I was miserable. By the last 20 pages I was making judgmental noises at the end of each page. It was just so bad!
I also am stunned that the “Percy Jackson” author Rick Riordan even got published. I think he writes like a 16-year-old. It pains me to listen to his books on CD in the car with the kids. But both of my big kids read him voraciously. (Michael actually thinks that J.K. Rowling is a terrible writer. He thinks she repeats herself in her prose and beats you over the head explaining stuff.)
Are there popular book series for kids that you just cannot stand to read to them? Which are your least favorite to share with them?