And now back to our regularly scheduled topics. First off, We Recommend, where we use our we-know-the-right-book-for-you superpowers to offer up books. And then everyone else offers their suggestions in the comments, giving you a hefty and attractive list. So write in, challenge us!
Oops! We are late, we are behind, we are not keeping up…etc, etc. But this person maybe can still buy a book in time? Take a look.
Every Christmas, every single human in the house receives a book from “The Grinch.” For adults, it may be the newest hardback from your favorite author that you would never buy for yourself; for children, usually a classic, or a book that might expand your young mind. (Little Women, Wind in the Willows, The Brothers Lionheart, to name a few)
Well, this Grinch would like some advice on what book I might give to my 7-year old son. He’s reading so well on his own – and very typical fare: Diary of A Wimpy Kid, Captain Underpants, Calvin & Hobbes comics, etc. We recently read together the original HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON book, which we both thoroughly enjoyed (and yes, he’s getting some of those from aunts & grandparents this holiday).
If he were a girl, I would have a hundred ideas of what to nudge him toward next. But he’s not. He’s just a great, young reader. And I hope he continues to love reading. But I don’t know what the next captivating book might be for him.
OK, captivating book for a boy here we go.
I wish I knew more of what he likes: magic? Trains? Biographies? Grossness? He's 7, so nothing too crazy (I guess), but something that would just knock his socks off. But maybe the whole fact that he's a boy is a red herring here. What we really want is a great, interesting, not-too-difficult book. Perhaps, in keeping with childhood traditions, a classic.
Here's what I got, though with the caveat: it's just great, but if he's not a silly person it might not work. But if he is, oh boy…
These are just fun and great, a complete pleasure. For what it's worth, I did consider some Roald Dahl—Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is such an excellent book for a 7-year-old, but I figure they've already read that?
But who knows? Now come on, all you readers and parents of boys and generaly concerned citizens. Give the Grinch a hand here.