The firstborn is really, really into Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Thank goodness, because that is one very good series of books, and the little human’s interest in history (godly or not) is picking up. Win win situation.
As this is the current “it” item in our home, we’re pretty inundated with Percy Jackson. Play time is dedicated to Olympian sword fights, taking down Ares and trying to find Pan. Drive time does not escape the story either as we’re making our way through the series in audio book form.
The audio books are amazingly well done. The narrator keeps the pace going, gives each character (a whole pantheon it seems) their own voice and acts out scenes with incredible skill. The firstborn loves it. He’s completely enamored with listening to the book read by someone who isn’t me trying to stay awake and fumbling over words.
The toddler though. Oh golly the toddler. The youngest is not exactly a “sit and listen” type. From time to time (read: every drive) he just yammers, shouts, and generally makes noise for the sole purpose of impeding his older brother’s story intake. When this happens, the story is paused until the toddler calms down and we can listen again.
Sometimes it takes a whole drive for the toddler to allow the story to play out. This is wildly upsetting to the firstborn and we parents hear, “can we play the story now?” over and over again in increasingly impatient tones.
This was a problem. I like solving problems. So, for those moments in the car that we can’t listen to the hijinx of one Perseus Jackson, the firstborn can now play the part.