Andrew and I stumbled across a book series when preparing for our kids book club a few weeks ago, and Gregor fever has taken over our house since! It all started with Gregor the Overlander. I got it out of the library and Scott read it aloud to Andrew. Yes, even though Andrew is a fabulous reader Scott has still maintained the bonding experience of reading to Andrew aloud.
Gregor, a 11-12 year old boy and his little 2-3 year old sister fall into a grate in the laundry room of their New York City tenement building and that is when the adventure begins. On the surface Gregor is a little boy in a family under fire, but in the Underland he is fulfilling prophecies and preventing wars between the bats, rats, cockroaches, scorpions, snakes, lizards, spiders and ants and the people who live there. All the animals are WAY bigger than upside, and the bats are friends of the people. The underlying message is that even if you feel lost in your world, you have strengths aplenty, you just need to "quest" for them.
They both enjoyed the book, which is quite a complement, and soon I was bringing home book three (by mistake) No problems, Andrew had it done in just a week. Then Scott started reading the second book to Andrew, and after two nights Andrew couldn't keep the slower pace and he went on to finish the book himself after three days. Thursday night I ran to the library just before it closed at night and grabbed the fourth book. Andrew read it all before he went to sleep last night, mixed in with a bike ride, homeschooling, a movie, dinner from Jason's pizza store, and helping with Benjamin.
We are so proud of our little reader!