RAR #08: Every Book is a Mystery, Lawrence Goldstone

Did you know that every book is a mystery, and all readers are detectives?

In this episode of the Read-Aloud Revival Podcast, I chat with Lawrence Goldstone, author of Deconstructing Penguins: Parents, Kids, and the Bond of Reading. He’ll tell why you become a sleuth when you pick any book of the shelf, explain how ordinary parents can start parent child book clubs, and share surprising insights on the relationships forged when parents and kids share books together.

It's true! Teach your children how to be book detectives with a few tips from the Read-Aloud Revival podcast.

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Episode 8 Show Notes:

The book recommended on Let the Kids Speak! this week:

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  1. says

    I haven’t listened to it yet (will come back during naptime!), but I am so excited to hear from Lawrence Goldstone. This book is on my list for 2014. You have great guests on this podcast!
    Sarah M

  2. says


    I listened to my first Read Aloud Revival episode a week ago and quickly made my way through everything available. I wish I could reach through the screen and give you a big hug. You are doing such wonderful work in encouraging, enlightening, and sharing with all of us. I will be recommending the podcast to a great number of friends and family. Well done & much needed! Thank you so much!


  3. Chrystal says

    Hi, I ‘m sorry to reply here regarding another podcast but I couldn’t tell how to reply to Ludwig’s shakespeare podcast page. I saw where other listeners commented about susan wise bauer’s article about the book and that you stated you would talk to Ludwig about it and then share back. I wondered if you had any comments to share after having time to read over the article and possibly speak with him? I was going to order the book today after listening to the podcast, but now I’m feeling sort of torn. I know ultimately it falls to our own personal decision, but I was very interested in hearing your thoughts. thanks :-)

    • says

      Oops! Sorry about that! I forgot! (plus, I had to disable comments on older posts because the spam was getting out of hand)

      I never did ask Ken about it. I looked up the selection that Susan Wise Bauer mentions in that article and I quite agree with her that it is not a good selection for memorization.

      However, I think the book is still invaluable (and I don’t think he intended for young children to get that far in the book, so they wouldn’t have run up against that particular passage. The book is for a whole life of memorizing Shakespeare- not for just one year…)

      The methods for how to memorize and background information he gives for each of the plays is really very helpful. As I go along, if there are selections I’m not excited about memorizing, we’ll just choose another. A quick online search of “popular passages from Hamlet” or whatever would probably do the trick. :)

      If you feel good about how to memorize Shakespeare and don’t need help with the storylines, I’d say you definitely don’t need the book. I do like it, though, even though I’ll very likely be substituting some of the passages he suggests. Hope that’s helpful?

      • Chrystal says

        Absolutely! Thats very helpful, and you were so kind to reply so quickly! Thank you! I do agree though that nothing should replace the importance of memorizing Scripture with our children. That is what will help them best for a lifetime, not Shakespeare or anything else. Although I do hope to memorize some Shakespeare with my children! :-) I just found your site through “Schole Sisters” and have already been so encouraged! Thank You! :-)

  4. says

    I just listened to this podcast last night and I am so inspired! My children (9 & 4) and I read aloud several books each day as part of the Ambleside Online curriculum, they narrate, and we have great conversations. But we’ve never tried this level of literary analysis and now I’m looking forward to becoming a Book Detective with them and sharing another level of my love for reading. I’ve ordered the book from the library and cannot wait to dive in. I also checked out the blog links you gave and am in love with what those lovely ladies are doing in their book club! I’ve wanted to start a book club for a long time but was at a loss for exactly how I wanted it to run. I think I’ve found my answer! Thanks for all the great podcasts!