now that the 7-year-old has embraced books sprinkled with scary …

I’ve mentioned here before that Noah is a sensitive soul who, for years, has refused to watch or read anything even remotely scary. He has preferred happy endings, kind characters, live parents (parents have a shocking mortality rate in children’s fiction!), and a pretty total lack of threat and danger. Given his wildly high comprehension level, this has been … somewhat limiting.

So, while I absolutely salute this child’s confident refusal to read things that make him uncomfortable or nightmare-y, I’m also delighted that he lifted the ban on all dark or mildly-scary elements early this summer. Interestingly, the Geronimo Stilton Kingdom of Fantasy books are what did it: he loved the Geronimo Stilton series and stuck with the slightly-scarier fantasy sub-series because he figured the author wasn’t going to kill off Stilton or otherwise do anything too depressing. (Genre awareness, people!)

So think of all the fun books! In recent months, Noah has read a ton of cool books, including:

  • Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone
  • the Borrowers series
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Tuesdays at the Castle
  • the first few Oz books
  • The Runaway Dragon
  • The Dragon in the … (sock drawer, etc.) series
  • Magyk (the first Septimus Heap book)

We also do read-alouds. Right now Eric’s reading Noah his very first Diana Wynne Jones novel (Archer’s Goon), and I’m reading a beautiful book my mom used to like reading to me, The Animal Family.

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