The stories definitely take longer than five minutes to read. Sometimes I’ll read as fast as I can to hurry up bedtime and still couldn’t read it in five minutes. The words also don’t seem to flow. I feel like I stutter through the stories, they’re hard to read. So I really have to pay attention to each word and read slowly. (and not just me, Dad and Grandma had a hard time too). That being said, my 3 and 5 year olds love the book.