Mar. 21st, 2011 11:28 pm
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After we finished Cheaper by the Dozen, he asked me to get Belles On Their Toes. While we were waiting for the inter-library loan to come in, we started Robert Silverberg's Lost Race of Mars - I'd forgotten all about it, but it practically fell into my lap when I was looking through the books in my closet for something to read to Sebastian.

He likes it very much so far. It's better than I remembered, and the illustrations are engaging.

He also started reading (purely on his own initiative) the first Harry Potter book. I tried to explain that they're derivative and not particularly well-written, but he really wants to read it. He's been pretty diligent about it, too!

Other than that, we bought the old Turbo-Grafx Neutopia game for the Wii. He likes it quite a bit, but he's often having me play it while he watches. :D

Date: 2011-03-22 04:11 am (UTC)
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I don't know if that's a good strategy with books and kids. Kids don't generally care if something is derivative, his area of experience would be insufficient to notice such things for years to come (and might not ever at all).

As for writing quality, well that's a matter of opinion. An author who manages to be the best known living fiction author in the English Language market worldwide has got to be at least a functional writer. I may not have personally been wowed by them, but that doesn't mean they don't have value or merit. You and I were not the audience they were intended for.

I think a child should be left to make their own opinions regarding books of this sort. Letting him explore and experience some things on his own will help him develop interests and explore the world more.

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