Andy Update 5/31

31 05 2012

Andy’s mom had to take the car in to the shop yesterday.  Nothing major, it’s just an old car, so she wanted to get everything checked out before we went on our family vacation in July.  Usually, Andy (the 6 year old) would pick out out a movie to watch in the car, but now he’s really motivated to read.

So, instead of watching The Muppets for the 600th time (yes, it’s a great movie the first 599 times, but after that it gets old), he decided to bring two books to read.  After finishing both of them, he complained, “I should have brought more books.”

That’s the kind of complaining I can accept.

First he read Dino Racing, a Hot Wheels book about some cars that are in a race through a jungle filled with dinosaurs.  It doesn’t make much sense to me, especially why there’s a life sized, bright orange plastic racetrack zooming through the jungle… but, because it combines two of Andy’s favorite things (dinosaurs and race cars), it’s been one of his favorites for a long time.  If the sequel adds monster trucks and superheroes to the mix, it’ll be the perfect book for Andy.  

The second book he read was Spider-man 3: Spider-man versus Sandman.  See, I told you he likes superheroes.  This one tells part of the Spider-man 3 movie.  It’s a real simple version of the Sandman scenes, taking out all the parts of the movie that are about Venom or the Green Goblin.

I read somewhere once that comic books have a higher vocabulary than other books, and that superhero stories do a great job at promoting scientific knowledge.  If you think about how many superheroes and villains are scientists, I guess it makes sense – Spidey, Dr. Octopus, the Hulk, the Leader, Iron Man, Whiplash, and Mr. Fantastic just off the top of my head.  I bet there really is a lot of science to be learned from comics.

Finally, last night at bed time, Andy didn’t want me to read a story. Nate the Great and the Phony Clue.  He wanted to read to me.  He fell asleep in the middle of  a sentence, but finished the book this morning.  As soon as he was done, he asked if he could go to the library today to get more Nate the Great books.  With all this rain, I’m sure his baseball game will be cancelled tonight, so I bet we’ll be headed to the local library.  I know there are a few more Nate the Great books, but Andy will be looking for the one where Nate gets superpowers, drives a monster truck, and fights a dinosaur.

That’s 10 books for Andy so far this summer.  He’s shooting for 90 books in 90 days.  Can you beat him?

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