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Blame it on my ADD, baby
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2019
Trying to guide him toward more classic literature vs. graphic novel genre, I bought The Borrowers for my 8-year-old son, who is an advanced reader. However, after trying to slog through the initial chapters, reading together aloud, he and I agreed it wasn’t working for us. Maybe we are just too tainted by the instant gratification of video games and TV. The explanatory beginning is too mundane to hold our interest. The problem is not just that I had to explain differences of everyday life in the past (e.g. lighting the gas lamps), it’s that the characters are unlikable, so we didn’t care what happened to them. Read “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” by R. and F. Atwater instead. You’ll be happy you did.