I think I would probably not read this to a 5 yo. I think there is a lot that they wouldn't understand...I think it would be more appropriate for older kids, it's also kind of confusing because it jumps around alot. There is some strange stuff in it, like the girl with cauliflower ear from being clobbered by her "owner."
Roald Dahl has some dark twists too though, so it may not be too bad. (we love Matilda and BFG) I just finished reading this to dss who is 9. We loved it, and the vocabulary was better than that of the Twilight book I just read in my book club! lol! (and it was much better all around
One book, that is probably a totally different genre, is the book Clementine
. I was laughing outloud much of the time. It's sort of a Ramona type book about a girl with an artist mommy (a book after my own
and a very spirited personality. We both loved that one and I will probably read it to my 4yo next year.
Another book that was really fun, with talking animals and such, was Igraine the Brave
, by Cornelia Funke (Inkheart) probably a little advanced, but without the dark themes.