Friday, June 11, 2010
A Quiet Quest
A quiet revolution is taking place in this part of East Cork. A reading revolution! That notoriously difficult group to interest in books, boys between 7 - 9 yrs, are reading and talking about a set of books that, if you do not have a boy of that age, will have passed you by. The boys are all on a Quest to read and finish the ever expanding series of Beast Quest books that currently run to a series of 36 books - with a further 6 to be published in the autumn. My own son is in this age group and I would not call him a natural reader but Beast Quest and that other favourite 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid' are firm favourites in the playground. Whilst the books are not great literature they are chock full of good stories and characters, which is what every child needs at this age to feed their imagination. I don't know what the sales figures are for these books (if anyone who knows is reading this then please post in the comments or email me) but as parents of these boys know they are feeding the habit to the tune of 2 - 4 books a week and with the summer holidays approaching Beast Quest is likely to be the hit of the summer.