I did a good deed today! Grade schooler was upset because his grandfather was willing to buy him a book on two conditions:
a.) Book is a kids chapter book and contains 80% text.
b.) Book is not a graphic novel or includes silly puzzles and games. It must be educationally related.
Grade schooler wants a book that contains items on b.). He starts crying and grandfather asks me to help.
After a few minutes of asking him basic questions like, "What do you like to read?" and "What was the last thing you've read?" he mentions Harry Potter and magic. Bingo! My mind goes directly to Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief (Google it.)
I sell him on the whole magic like Harry Potter thing with a mixture of humor and get him all excited. I even throw in that you can also check out the movie (even though it sucks but I didn't tell that) after you read it. Grade schooler and grandfather leave happy for the day.
Yes folks, I my gold star for the day!