When my 10 year old son becomes engrossed in a book, ANY
book, I take notice. I take notice and read alongside and encourage and
silently clap my hands and do the happy dance when he isn’t paying attention.
Harper Collins Publishing sent me a pile
of Halloween themed
books for the kids to peruse and review. The first book that grabbed Evan’s
attention was “Always October” by Bruce Coville
. Evan became so entranced with
this spooky pre-teen novel that we felt we absolutely MUST share it with you
Evan: Yes. KIND OF?!? (sarcasm)
Mom: You mean a lot?
Evan: Mm hmm.
Evan: What does that mean?
Mom: "Elaborate" means to describe using more words.
Evan: Ohhhh. Ok. Best. Book. EVER.
Mom: So it’s the best book ever? Why?
Evan: I like the storyline. It’s really detailed.
Mom: Gimme more.
Evan: These are not the kinds of questions I thought you’d ask.
Ask me different questions.
Mom: Like what? What questions should I ask you?
Evan: Ask me what my favorite characters are.
Mom: Oookay. Who are your favorite characters?
Evan: Mrs. McSweeney! She has cool weapons. She has a glowing
sewing needle that shoots beams of energy.
Mom: That is cool.
Evan: I know, RIGHT? Read me what you’ve written so far, Mama.
(I read it all)
Evan: Why did you write it like that? Let me see!! Heeeeyy!!
Mom: Get your hands off of my computer!!
(We calm down)
(He sighs….) I like all of the monsters because they’re
Mom: Ok. “cool.” Again.
Evan: Mommy, these are not good questions.
Mom: Don’t touch my computer! Stop it!
Evan: No! Gaarrrrggghh!!!!
(a scuffle ensues)
Mom: Ok. Forget it. This interview is over.
Evan: No! Ask me different questions!
Mom: FINE. Ummmm….. Do you think other kids would like this book?
Evan: YES! It’s a REALLY good book! It’s exciting.
Mom: Do you wish there was another book in the series?
Evan: YES. VERY BADLY!
Mom: Should we send this interview to the publishers and hope they
send your request to Mr. Coville?
Mom: You only have a few chapters left. How do you think it will
Evan: I think a couple important characters will die but that they
will get the baby back.
Mom: Ah! You’re giving away the story! Spoiler alert!
Evan: You asked me, Mama!!
Mom: Good point... All right. Interview’s over. I love you.
Evan: Love you too.