Children's Audio Books on CD
C.S. Lewis, Alex Jennings (Children's Audio Books on CD)
Genre: Fiction - Fantasy Books
The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis, the third story in the Chronicles of Narnia Series, is a great classic children's book with complex and likable characters. The fantasy novel is set in the time when Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are kings and queens of Narnia. Shasta, a boy living in the land of Calormen, discovers that his master is selling him to a Tarkaan, a noble from the south. The boy meets Bree, a talking horse of Narnia who was captured when he was a young colt. Together, they decide to flee to Narnia. On their long journey, the boy and his horse have many adventures and are joined by a brave aristocratic girl named Aravis and her talking horse called Hwin. Squabbling among themselves, the two kids and two horses venture through Calormen's capital city Tashbaan, cross a desert, and uncover the Calormen ruler Tisroc and Prince Rabadash's plot to invade Narnia and neighboring Archenland. The Horse and His Boy is a good chapter book for children in 4th grade through 7th grade. The unabridged children's audio book on CD, narrated by Alex Jennings, includes 4 CDs and lasts about 4 hours.
Roald Dahl, Eric Idle (Children's Audio Books on CD)
Genres: Fiction - Fantasy Books, Humorous Stories
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl is a favorite children's fantasy book. In this classic chapter book, Charlie Bucket is one of five children who win golden tickets to visit Willy Wonka's magic chocolate factory. For Charlie, life will be changed forever. Author Roald Dahl produces a few very memorable characters, such as Willy Wonka, Augustus Gloop, Veruca Salt, Violet Beauregarde, and Grandpa Joe. "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" is a humorous story that has delighted children for decades. The unabridged children's audio book on CD, narrated by Idle Eric, includes 3 CDs and lasts about 3.5 hours.
Roald Dahl (Children's Audio Books on CD)
Genre: Fiction - Humorous Stories; Book Theme: Witches
The main characters of "The Witches" by Roald Dahl are a boy named Charlie and his Norwegian grandma. She knows a lot about witches, and tells Charlie stories about them. While taking a summer vacation at a hotel in England, the boy is trapped in a room full of witches and finds out about their plot to get rid of children, but the Grand High Witch turns him into a mouse. In the end, Charlie manages to foil the witches' evil scheme with the help of his grandma. Quentin Blake's illustrations complements Roald Dahl's style very well. This scary and humorous story appeals to children in 4th grade through 7th grade. The unabridged children's audio book on CD includes 4 CDs and lasts about 4 hours.
Roald Dahl, Irons Jeremy (Children's Audio Books on CD)
Genre: Fiction - Animal Fantasy; Book Theme: Insects and Spiders
"James and the Giant Peach" by Roald Dahl is an imaginative children's fantasy book. After James Trotter drops magic crystals by the peach tree, the peach at the top of the tree grows to an enormous size; so do some insects under the peach tree. James escapes from his nasty aunts and embarks on a great adventure with his giant insect friends in the giant peach. Many kids will find the story funny and exciting, although the chapter book has a slightly dark side. "James and the Giant Peach" appeals to children in 4th grade through 7th grade. This unabridged children's audio book on CD, read by Irons Jeremy, includes three CDs and lasts 2.5 hours.
Laura Ingalls Wilder, Cherry Jones (Children's Audio Books on CD)
Genre: Fiction - Historical Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Frontier and Pioneer Life
"Little House on the Prairie" is a classic children's book about pioneer life on the wide-open Kansas prairie. Laura Ingalls Wilder and her family are faced with everything from malaria to prairie fire. Laura's vivid descriptions bring to life what the pioneers had to go through many years ago. "Little House on the Prairie", an ALA Notable Children's Books award-winning book, is one of the favorite chapter books for children in the genre of historic fiction. Kids in grade 3 and up will enjoy this charming story. The unabridged children's audio book on CD is narrated by Tony award winning actress Cherry Jones.
Roald Dahl, Joely Richardson (Children's Audio Books on CD)
Genre: Fiction - Humorous Stories
In the book "Matilda", author Roald Dahl tells a humorous story that delights many children. Main character Matilda is an exceptionally gifted little girl and a voracious reader of literature. Unfortunately, her self-centered parents do not appreciate any of Matilda's talents. When she goes to school, Matilda has to cope with horrible headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. With sheer mental power, Matilda rids the school of the cruel headmistress and restores her beloved teacher Miss Honey to financial security. Quentin Blake's funny illustrations add to the appeal of this popular chapter book. "Matilda" is a good book for children in 4th grade through 7th grade. The unabridged children's audio book on CD, read by Joely Richardson, includes 5 CDs and lasts about 5 hours.
Roald Dahl, Natasha Richardson (Children's Audio Books on CD)
Genres: Fiction - Fantasy Books, Humorous Stories
BFG, the Big Friendly Giant, is a kind and lovable character. His jumbled language will get laughs out of children. BFG and Sophie, a little orphan girl, go on an adventure that ends with the capture of nine horrible giants with the help of the Queen of England. "The BFG" is one of the best children's fantasy books. Kids in 4th grade through 7th grade will enjoy this imaginative humorous story and the magic world created by author Roald Dahl and illustrator Quentin Blake. The unabridged children's audio book on CD is narrated by actress Richardson Natasha and contains 4 CDs.
Sharon Creech (Children's Audio Books on CD)
Genre: Fiction - Realistic Fiction; Book Themes: Family, Emotions and Feelings
"Walk Two Moons" by Sharon Creech is a moving realistic fiction story for young adults. Sharon Creech's Newbery Medal award winner tells a story within a story that deals with themes of love, loss and family. The main character, 13-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, travels from Euclid, Ohio to Lewiston, Idaho with her eccentric grandparents to visit her missing mother. Along the way, Sal tells them the story of her friend, Phoebe Winterbottom. Phoebe is a girl of wild imagination. She finds mysterious messages such as "Don't judge a man until you've walked two moons in his moccasins" on her family's doorsteps. Phoebe's mother leaves her family unexpectedly but eventually returns; Sal has to deal with painful life changes and come to terms with her own loss. The characters in "Walk Two Moons" are interesting and well developed, from the protagonist with her complex emotions and feelings to the wacky and loving grandparents. "Walk Two Moons" is a good book for teens in 8th grade and up.
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