Book Choice Parenting Dilemma

I was recently in a charity shop. Richard (my 17-week-old son) was on my back in his backpack seat and doing his usual trick of flirting with everyone who comes within gurgle-range. I was browsing books. I found one for him and one for me:

Option One: ‘What do you say?’,  by Mandy Stanley; an animal noise book designed to delight little people.
Option Two: ‘One Hundred Years of Solitude’ by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, described by Rushdie as one of the most beautiful books written in any language, ever.

I had only fifty pence in my pocket and my wallet was at home.
Oh but which to choose?

The urge to be a selfish parent was strong.

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About Rob Chidley

Professional copywriter, trad-published author and improvisational gardener.
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One Response to Book Choice Parenting Dilemma

  1. hillbilly321 says:

    Surely you buy the Marquez, read it to the child in a soothing voice, watch him drift off to sleep, then carry on reading. Sorted.

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