The Book Vs. The Movie Version

My son is in second grade now and he’s well on his way to reading chapter books. We had a bit of a freak out in August about school starting, and I bought my son a book to read. Because it was summer still, and I know that he is sometimes a bit random, I bought him a fun book “Diary of a Whimpy Kid”.  He was hesitant to read the book at first, but once he got into it, I knew that it would be a hit.

20 minutes of mandatory family reading time. A Diary of a Whimpy Kid.
Last night, while my husband was flipping through channels on the TV, he noticed that the movie, “Diary of a Whimpy Kid” was on.  It had just started. My son sat and watched the movie mesmerized for two hours straight.  It was on regular TV with tons of commercials, like um, a million commercials.

I can’t remember when, but sometime while watching the movie, Angry Kid exclaimed, “I totally remember that part from the book!”  It was like fireworks were going off in my heart! Seriously he finally got it.  I’ve tried explaining the whole “not every book has pictures theory”, and he didn’t quite get it.  I said that while reading the book, you have to visualize the people and characters in your head. The author of the book describes them, and then it is like a “little movie in your brain”.  Be thankful that I’m not a teacher. I educate in a random way, but somehow “the king of being distracted by shiny things” aka my son, understood what I meant.  By seeing the actual movie, he was able to remember and visualize the different parts of the book.  I didn’t even go into the “sometimes the movie version of the book totally sucks theory” though.

Of course, my son has watched the movie twice today already. He even made my mom watch the movie this afternoon. She thought that it was hilarious.

And my son, started reading another one of the “Diary of a Whimpy Kid” books at school today.

Which means I’m totally winning….for today!

6 comments
Cheryl
Cheryl

That is a major win for you today!!! Wimpy Kid is a good one (be warned book 3 or 4 talks about puberty) Magic Treehouse is another good series http://www.amazon.com/Magic-Tree-House-Boxed-Books/dp/0375813659/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1348020900&sr=1-1&keywords=magic+treehouse+books As well as the 39 Clues books, but you really can't read those out of order. I also found that having the actual book & not a kindle book encouraged my son better, he could see how far he has read, see better pictures (Bunnicula series has some pictures)

Ashley
Ashley

Yay for you! This is all it takes, once they find "the" book, the love of reading is started!

aimee
aimee

Awesome!! I'm doing a bookclub for my daughter this year and we are reading classics and watching the popular movies and comparing them. This month was Little Mermaid, next month is Wizard of Oz. :)

Aimee
Aimee

And it's aimeedesireepress.com I can't spell my own name!

Aimee
Aimee

My sister is a 2nd grade teacher and just bought a book by a reading specialist who insists that the way to cultivate a love of reading is to let kids pick out their own books. My sis totally agrees and wants her kids to pick out their own books for their book reports, instead of forcing everyone to read the same book. She's also giving the option of creating a commercial, which the parents love (let's face it, that's a much more interactive project to help your kid with). Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a great one. I even caught my mom reading it ;)