One day a couple of weeks ago, Brennan picked up the first Harry Potter book and began reading. We were pretty surprised for a number of reasons - the first being that Brennan doesn't like fiction, or books that he can't read in one sitting. He has never read a chapter book that most kids his age would be reading. They just don't interest him. But give him a book on science, cooking, geography, a kids Bible, or comic strip books and he will read for hours.
Another reason is that it's a 5th grade level book. David and I are not necessarily stupid people, but I am SURE we weren't reading at our boys' levels at their current ages. They're going to pass us very soon, I'm afraid.
But, he picked it up, plopped down on the couch, and has been reading ever since. He finished the book yesterday and was so proud of himself! (see smile above) We were so amazed that he stuck with it, asked great questions throughout, and finished yesterday afternoon!
We had a family movie night last night. Ordered pizza, set up a picnic downstairs and watched "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone". We asked Brennan questions and he was able to answer every one. He also pointed out when something that happened in the book didn't happen in the movie, or when they slightly altered something from the original. Get used to that disappointment, son. The movie is rarely as good as the book - although the Harry Potter's are quite good.
You may think we're all Harry Potter freaks around here. We have all now read the books, and Brennan's on his way, but I wouldn't say we are all wearing our wizarding caps around the house. I just am amazed that a series can hold the attention of a 7 and 8 year old, a 30something mom, and an even older dad. But these books do and that is a lot of fun to have in common.