Our favorite read-aloud time is dinnertime with Daddy. We are all contained at one place. Whichever grownup is done eating first (generally me ... helps me not to take seconds!) picks up our current read-aloud and starts the next chapter (or section if it is a long chapter).
We all like it when Daddy reads, though. I don't really do voices and he does great ones- he does a great Hagrid.
We just finished Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. None of us had read it. I had started it but not enjoyed the couple of pages I began. M-girl was begging me to pre-read it, so we decided to do it as a family.
We all liked it.
The book was written so each chapter ended at an exciting point, leaving us with groans for more. The main characters - Harry, Hermione, and Ron - had enough substance to carry the story. There was enough mystery and yet enough knowledge that things would turn out all right in the end. R-girl got a little frightened a couple of times, but reminded herself that there a re 7 books in the series so it must be ok.
I particularly liked some of the summing up in the end, where Dumbledore shows up and gives instruction,
After all, to the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure ... As much money and life as you could want! The two things most human beings would choose above all -- the trouble is, humans do have a knack of choosing precisely those things that are worst for them. (pg 297)I feel a little silly writing about a book that everyone else has already read. We enjoyed it as a read-aloud. I've requested book 2 from the library. I am a bit nervous about how quickly the stories may ramp up in intensity.
Don't forget (like I did) to link up with Amy for Read-Aloud Thursday!