Christy and I have been big fans of Andrew Peterson’s ever since we were invited to one of his concerts back in 1998. We have loved his music ever since. So when we realized that Aiden was old enough to really enjoy the Wingfeather Saga, I was excited because it gave me a good excuse to read the book myself after he had finished reading it. So we gave him Book One: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness for Christmas this past year. He says it was the longest book he’d read at that point. And he completed it in about a month’s time, which was a pretty good pace, considering schoolwork started getting in the way.
If I was the kind of guy who thinks ahead with such things, I would have read the book before he did; not because I am concerned about any content, but because the boy can’t keep quiet about what happens in the story! If I could go back and do it over again, I would have read Book One before he did, then take him out to breakfast once or twice to talk about the story while he’s reading it. It would’ve been a good father-son bonding moment. Maybe we’ll do that with the third book. But first, I have to finish Book Two (North! Or be Eaten) because he’s chomping at the bit to talk about it. We’ve managed to sneak in a few conversations about it, talking in code and in hushed tones because Momma hasn’t read it yet.
“I can’t believe that…”
“I know! I thought ….”
“Yeah, that surprised me too. I thought….was going to happen!”
We did manage share an inside joke at the Nature Center during our vacation when I pointed at a bas relief carving of a cow and said, “Look, Aiden! They have toothy cows here!” His eyes grew wide and he shot me a grin of approval. Success!
So here’s my conundrum: I’d like for Aiden to be able to start reading the third book before going back to school. I’ve just begun reading North! Or be Eaten. That means I’ll have to create an accelerated reading program in order to make this happen. I’ll probably just have to bite the bullet and go ahead and give him Book Three. There’s always the fourth installment to carry out my grand plan that I would have thought of if I was the kind of guy who thinks ahead with such things.