Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Slice of Life: My Airport Run with Dustin Hoffman

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Betsy, Dana, BethAnna, Kathleen, and Deb
                    for hosting this meeting place each Tuesday and nurturing our writing lives.

I am awake from 3-4 am anticipating an early morning run to the airport.  I finally manage to get back to sleep.  The radio comes on, jarring me from a deep sleep.  I pop out of bed, refresh the Alaska page, and see that my kids' red-eye flight will arrive 35 minutes early.  No time to dilly dally.  I throw on yesterday's clothes, hop in the car and settle in for the 20 minute drive to the airport.  My biggest surprise of the morning is how many people are also on the road before 6 am.  The drive flies by and in no time, I find myself in the loading/unloading zone - waiting.  Periodically, a loudspeaker announces that "no waiting" is allowed and that cars may be ticketed or towed.  I try to keep an eye out for the airport police, but it's difficult because Dustin Hoffman is in the car with me!

I just spent the past twenty minutes with him, and he's still entertaining me.  I'm captivated by his reading of the audiobook Appleblossom the Possum by Holly Goldberg Sloan.  The target audience (ages 6-10) is younger than my usual middle grade focus, but I've totally enjoyed this audiobook. I requested it when I noticed it on the Notable Children's Recordings - 2016, (and that it was read by Dustin Hoffman).  The theatrical adventures of Appleblossom and her siblings make me happy to hop in the car, even for short errands.  

Take a look at the award winning recordings for 2016 and treat yourself to an audiobook.  I get them from the public library.  Even though I don't spend a lot of time in the car, it's one of my favorite ways to get around to some of the books on my WTR (want to read) list.  Next up on my list, The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage.  I've loved enjoying the adventures of Mo and Dale in the two previous audiobooks.  If you haven't listened to Three Times Lucky, start there and prepare to be entertained by two additional sequels! 


  1. Audiobooks are the best! That's how I read most of the Harry Potter series with my children. Wonderful.

  2. What a great way to spend some time, listening to Dustin Hoffman. Listening to the audiobooks do make time fly.

  3. I had to laugh when I discovered how you had Dustin Hoffman with you. I got that book (free) at ILA last summer. Slowly I am making my way through that pile of books. Guess I won't have Dustin talking to me.

  4. I thought you were going to see him there catching a plane! Fooled me, but I am surprised that he's reading audio books. Thanks for the recommendations, Ramona. I used to listen to so much, and just don't drive far enough anymore. Maybe I can listen to this one at home? Thanks for a morning chuckle-well done!

    1. I think your grand girls would enjoy this one as a read aloud, Linda!

  5. Fooled me too--I thought you were going to see him as well. But as someone who always has an audio book going in my car, I totally get it. I have just completed the epic novel Moby Dick, and am now onto my favorite YA book in awhile--Brown Girl Dreaming, read by the author.

  6. Great post! I'm going to recommend that book to my kids' librarian. She's always looking for something new to entice the kids to read!