My SIL is a children's librarian and she would rant for ages about people not considering picture books "real books" she's even an advocate of books with only pictures. My DD will be 5 in August and I don't think I've ever read her anything with no pictures in it at all. I was pretty proud when she sat through the whole hobbit a few months ago though. It is way over 100 pages. She loved it so much should ask to be read it over watching TV (and she is crazy obsessed with TV). I think she may be too young yet for the lord of the rings though. I might try reading her Harry Potter soon. I'm not going to stop reading her beautiful picture books though. Lately, we've been going back to her little baby board books because now she can read them herself.
Alanna is Mama to DD Sequoia (8/8/07), DS Callum (12/12/12) DKitties Syd & Emily (4/4/03)