Friday, November 27, 2009

Hooray for Diary of a Wimpy Kid!!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Ever heard of it? Ever had a kid who didn't really see the thrill of reading? Well, if your reluctant reader is anywhere close to seven, eight, or even nine years old, then you'd better run to the bookstore and grab the red one, the blue one, the green one, and the yellow one! Once it grabs your young reader's attention, at least two things will happen: 1. your child will read for longer periods of time than you ever imagined would happen without the threat of flying monkeys, and 2. you are going to be grinning bigger than the goofiest person you've ever seen.
No kidding.
James was immersed in the Wimpy Kid books when he read them last year. That's not that much of a surprise, since he likes to read and he's a boy who can easily identify with the Wimpy Kid. Ah, but Kate, Kate does not like to read very much. Almost every "book" she has freely chosen at a bookstore has been a journal with blank pages for drawing or a book used as packaging background for the necklace or pen or other trinket accompanying it. To be fair, her ability to read aloud has grown with leaps and bounds since this summer, but until this week she hadn't experienced being "glued to an interesting book." Diary of a Wimpy Kid reeled her in hard. . .she started reading the other night, read to page 38, and got up yesterday morning with the intention of finishing that book by the end of Turkey Day. That book has 217 pages, so this was a lofty goal. She made it to page 197 by last night, though, and she finished it today! Hooray for Kate! Hooray for reading (because the better you read, the better you write, and you know how that goes on from there)! Hooray for Wimpy Kid books!

8 comments:

rosebud101 said...

Yes, horray for Kate and James and for reading!!!!!

Mermaid Glass said...

You're sure right about that series. I thought Connor would never learn to love reading but then, this year, he picked up one of Anna's old Wimpy Kid books and it's been true love ever since.

angelinabeadalina said...

Way to go, Connor! I don't know whether or not Anna and Connor have the Accelerated Reading program at their school, but Kate tried to tell me this morning that since Wimpy Kid was a higher level book that her teacher might not let her take the test on it. Are you kidding me?? This is the first time that kid has been so totally immersed in a book! There's no "appropriate" level limit to finding the joy of reading, if you ask me! Even if she doesn't make a 100% on the test, just taking it will be a boost to her confidence.

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Mermaid Glass said...

They do have the AR program and Connor took the test and got 100. He was so proud! Did Kate get to take the test? I can't believe that the teacher would think of limiting a child's reading when they spend so much class time trying to build and reinforce that skill.

Happy Holidays!

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Capt Elaine Magliacane said...

Well I've been remiss in reading your blog I see... and so you have been a bit tardy with posts as well... Glad to hear about these books... I'll see if I can find one for the grandson for Christmas.

angelinabeadalina said...

Your grandson will love them, Elaine!

Laurie, she did take the test and made a 100 :)

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