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November 07 , 2010

Children's Stories:To read at bedtime,by Grandfather.


This book has been created not to read, but to tell. It is truly a bedtime story book.
There is repetition, children love repetition, there are expressions, clichés to the rest of us, but children love them. In fact children love anything they can relate to.
As a writer of scripts and novels, I have tried to combine both in these stories. There is dialogue for the reader to characterise, brightening a reading drone.
Work on these stories, and you will get as much fun reading them to the children, as they will get listening to them, and as much fun I have had writing them.
I tried to categorise the stories into age groups but abandoned the idea. My three year old Goddaughter seemed to enjoy them as much as my five year old Grandson. Although the seven and eight year olds lowered their bottom lips, scorning them somewhat with their vast experience.
There are no baddies in these stories, no evil characters, ogres or corpses, which to my horror, I see in many children’s books. The idea of these stories is to lull the little dynamos to sleep, not wake them screaming.
Finally, whilst I created all the stories, I did not choose which to put in this book. The kids did.
So you have a fully tested, market approved, choice here.
Of all the stories, the one most enjoyed by the grandchildren was The Conductor. It was voted the best, far ahead of the rest. When I suggested working on the stories, I meant to read the stories before they are told to the children, work out the voices of the characters, and then give a performance. The Conductor requires a lot of arm waving, which whilst my acting carried it to the top of the list, the amount of giggling when I closed the bedroom door did not hint of imminent sleep from my audience – you have been warned!

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