I just finished a great book called Down the Rabbit Hole by Peter Abrahams. It was a great little mystery that I really got into and ended in such a fun and interesting way. I don’t read a lot of mysteries so I was pleased that I got into this one. Not only is the story and mystery interesting, but Abrahams also creates a group of characters that I found I really enjoyed. My favorite was the heroine, Ingrid’s, grandfather. In one fun scene Grampy is pressured to sell his farm to a developer. He decides that his best solution is to use a lot of dynamite to create a lake on his land and then stock the new lake with endangered frogs. It was a really fun side story.
I thought this was a great story and really enjoyed it, but my question for all of you is did I read Down the Rabbit Hole? I have a bit of a commute to and from school and I started using that time to listen to books on CD a few years ago. I love jumping in my car and heading down the road listening to a good story. I asked my students last year if what I was doing was reading and quite a few said no, you are not reading you are listening and they are not the same. I was a bit shocked because I thought I was understanding the novels and connecting with storyline and characters, but they disagreed and said you needed to have a paper book in your hands to read. So, kidslit blogging world I ask you again did I read Down the Rabbit Hole? Leave me a comment and let me know what you are thinking.