The Last Five Books I Read With My Son
- •The entire Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, by Douglas Adams.Yes, all five books. He even sat through the one that was mostly a love story. The number 42 cracks him up and probably always will.
- •The Invention of Hugo Cabret, by Brian SelznickI still never saw the Scorsese movie based on this book but it's a neat little mystery and is not shy about its love for movie history
- •The Witch's Boy, by Kelly BarnhillA wonderful story about magic and also about families coping with loss. It's got enough action and adventure and hardship that it's not overly gentle for a ten year old boy, but never comes anywhere near being too dark or age-inappropriate. Bonus points for handling of gender roles.
- •The Eighth Day, by Diane K SalerniAlmost anything would be a letdown after the first three items on this list but this actually wasn't bad. Contemporary setting but ties into Arthurian legend in an unexpected way. The prose was a little flat footed but it was a decently plotted story with interesting twists and turns.
- •The Door in the Wall, Marguerite di AngeliA children's classic, too snoozy for my thrill seeking ten year old boy. A boy in medieval London after the Plague regaining the use of his legs and preparing to be reunited with his family. Lots of morals and lessons and stuff.