Friday, May 02, 2008

Treasure fever

At the book shop, Miles (my 8 year old) brought Andy Griffiths latest "Treasure Fever" up to the counter and asked if there was an edition without the pencil case shrinked wrapped on the back, which surprised me. I don't want to be a snob and I have no objection to finding ways to encourage kids to buy books (and here's hoping they then read them) but I was surprised he didn't want the "treasure". There was no option though and we left with the pencil case as well as the book. I questioned him about it and he said he thought the pencil case didn't look cool and it would just be junk. When we got home he stripped off the shrink wrapping and folded the pencil case out and found it to be bigger than he'd first expected and decide it was cool after all. (Now I'm wondering whether the satisfaction with the pencil case will stop him reading the book. I'll see what happens and let you know.)

4 comments:

Andrew's black dog blog said...

Miles is really enjoying Treasure Fever.

Andrew's black dog blog said...

But now he's stopped reading it...

Egyptian_Dragon said...

Kids can be so entertaining in their rapid fluxes of view-points, likes and choices. It's funny how they can sometimes convince themselves that something will not be to their liking even before they get the chance to properly investigate it. Actually ... it's not only kids who do that sort of thing, is it ... lol

Andrew's black dog blog said...

& then sometimes kids (and adults?) settle and then its a best-seller (which in this case Treasure Fever is already regardless of Miles's fluxes).

My other two children started independent reading for pleasure with Andy's Just books. There came a time in each case when they weren't satisfied with the amount I was reading a night and they just kept on reading themselves.