So, this month saw me reading a classic to my kids and indulging on two literary master's answer to the 'short story collection'. Sadly, those masters didn't quite live up to my expectations, but a classic is a classic and continues to delight me (and thankfully my children as well).
That classic was 'The Swiss Family Robinson'. Have you read this? It is such a brilliant book because it manages to be so many different things (including genres) while remaining astonishingly grounded from chapter to chapter. The great thing about this particular novel is that the storytelling itself is right up to par with the actual story, which can actually be a problem with some of these older, critically acclaimed novels. I remember reading 'Treasure Island' to my daughters and we were all squinting at times with the way in which the novel was written (I ultimately finished it on my own). Thankfully, Wyss is on top of every moment in this book. His language is so fluid and easy to read (and listen to). You find yourself engaged in every sentence, and the great thing is that no matter how familiar you are with the story itself, you remain excited and intrigued with each reading.
The rest of my month, while not a complete waste, was less rewarding.