We are a big reading family. My children have a big bookcase in each of their rooms and the books are on high rotation. It gets a bit frustrating reading the same childrens' books over and over again as any reading parent knows and there are certain books I silently groan at every time one of the kids brings them out, but mostly I enjoy reading to my kids and watching their little faces at the uncertainty of what is to come. I ask lots of questions when we read as well, like "what do you think is going to happen next". This is a really easy way to keep myself entertained as I read the book for the 100th time, as it doesn't matter if they know the outcome or not, the kidlets come up with a different answer each time.
So when my son pulled out "A Fish Out of Water" today I will admit that I did the silent groan. However I originally bought the book for my daughter when I spied it in a book shop because it had been one of my favourite books when I was her age. I wondered why and it dawned on me tonight. It is a little book about a boy who feeds his fish to much. The fish grows and grows until eventually the Fire Department have to take him to a swimming pool. However the Fish Salesman comes to the rescue and dives into the pool with a little black box and suddenly Otto the Fish is back to his normal size. How he does it, he will not reveal. This was the magic formula for me, and it seems it is so for my kids.