We went to the library today and each of the three boys were allowed to pick a single book . My oldest, as usual, went for non-fiction. The four-year-old settled on Doctor Seuss. But my middle guy, who has a hard time making a decision when there are too many options, just kept pinballing around and around. He finally told me that he was looking for a book for me to read to him that was like “the one we’re almost done with.”
We’ve been reading The Hobbit for the first time. In fact, we just finished it tonight. I suspected my eight-year-old would like it but I had no idea how my six-year-old would fall in love. He told me tonight that when summer comes he is going to dig himself a house in the ground, nice and dry and comfortable, just like a hobbit hole. Sounds good to me.
I asked him what he liked about the book and he said, “Well, I like the hobbit and the wizard and the dwarves and the elves and the dragon and the gold. And the eagles and the bear and (small pause) I just like everything.”
The rest of the series is still a bit too mature and too dark for them, but what they have to look forward to! On the advice of a friend, I tried what should I read next but of the several recommendations, we’ve read at least half (Narnia Chronicles) and the others I read before I had kids (Douglas Adams), and while I liked them, they are not appropriate for children. Maybe the first Harry Potter?
This is part of Jennifer Fulwiler’s 7 Posts in 7 Days insanity so you can check out the other participants and look forward to more of my blather this week.