I am an avid reader. I love the look, feel and smell of books. If I had the choice of a two story walk-in closet full of shoes and a library full of books, I'd pick the library-- along with the cool sliding ladder!
My husband, however, only flips through magazines and Best Buy ads.
You can venture a guess on whose footsteps I want our boys to follow.
When we instituted the token system of reading, my boys read every interesting looking book they could find in this house. I would leave books on the kitchen table and next to the couch in hopes of encouraging them to read what *I* wanted them to read.
We were all happy with this arrangement for a while.
The problem was that although they read with purpose (the purpose of earning a token!), they never got lost in the book. I never heard them chuckling or begging to stay up just a little longer so they could read. They did it but didn't LOVE it.
At least not until I gave in and bought the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series of books by Jeff Kinney.
I resisted the Wimpy Kid books for a very long time because of their general sassy attitude. But the need to encourage reading because it's FUN overruled the other objections I had with the series.
Sometimes you have to pick your battles and decide what is the most important. In this particular case, I had to forgo good literary taste in favor of seeing my boys LAUGH OUT LOUD while reading.
They loved the series so much, they have read each book a half dozen times. This was the first set of books that really captured their interest, made them seek out other "fun" books at the library, and really showed them that reading for pleasure is possible. Even for boys!
The movie? It was eh to me.
The main character was selfish, the big brother was mean, and all the middle school angst was tiring. It wasn't even HIGH school drama, y'all. It was MIDDLE school drama!
And yet my boys laughed and laughed and proclaimed it to be an awesome movie. Just add a dozen !!!!! after the word awesome.
An added bonus from all the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books (and movie) is that one child in particular has been inspired to create his own
diary journal a la Gregg Heffley. That's something that this homeschooling momma would not have been able to inspire on her own!
The movie was not epic or profound. It was entertaining (more so for my boys) and gave me the opportunity to ask my boys about their feeeeeelings... :snort:
We talked about what it means to be a good friend (Gregg was a selfish friend for much of the movie) and how some people can get too focused on "being famous" rather than being themselves (per Noah).
Do you let your kids read the Wimpy Kid books? Did they like it? Did you like it? Are you planning to see the movie?
Do you even know what I'm talking about? (Especially you mommies of girls.)