Sunday, November 21, 2010
How to Choose a Book
I finished a book yesterday called Airborn by Kenneth Oppel. It was exciting. I finished the book, walked upstairs and thrust it into his hands.
"You need to read this."
"Is it exciting?"
"Yes! It's kind of like Master and Commander (a movie he loves) only is set aboard an airship. It's kind of set in history, but a fantasy kind of history."
"What is an airship?"
"It's like the Hindenburg." I knew that would do the trick--he knows about the Hindenburg and THAT is an exciting story.
"Nah," and puts it aside.
"No, really. It has guns and knives."
"It has adventure and . . . PIRATES! It has pirates!"
"It has ferocious wild animal attacks."
Nothing. I rack my brain and try to think like an almost twelve year old boy. What could entice him to give this book a try?
Then he said, "Is there murder?"
"Yes, there is murder," to which he quickly picked up the book and began to read.
Needless to say, I said nothing of the kiss.