Epic stories can be very satisfying, but sometimes a silly short story can leave a reader feeling great. Short stories are good for reluctant readers, kids who have shorter attention spans, or in times when stopping and starting the story will be happening frequently. A book of short stories is nice to have in the car when running errands or when a caretaker needs a short break to themselves to get certain chores done. Here are three books, a combination of audiobooks and print books, that will lift your mood and give you a bit of brain break.
The Incredible Adventures of Professor Branestawm by Norman Hunter is a hidden gem in the library. This audio book is packed with stories about Professor Branestawm’s zany but ill-fated inventions. Whether the Professor invents a spring-cleaning machine or a machine to catch and tie-up burglars, something goes wrong to the dismay of his housekeeper and to our delight. This audiobook can lighten the mood during a rainy day or a long car ride.
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty Bard MacDonald and the many other books in the series are also full of fun short stories. While Professor Branestawm’s inventions never seem to work as planned Mrs. Piggle Wiggle’s cures never fail. As you discover Mrs. Piggle Wiggle’s positive cure for a kid with never-takes-a-bath and her cure for don’t-want-to-go-to-bedders, you can laugh and cheer and ask for more.
Homer Price by Robert McCloskey contains six short stories that take place in Centerburg, a small town where young Homer Price stops four bandits with a skunk and figures out what to do with a donut machine that won’t stop making donuts. Robert McCloskey is a favorite American author for good reason. The whole family will love these short adventures of Homer Price.
Amanda Weaver, Circulation Services Specialist