Max the Mighty to my Rescue!
May 07, 2012
Aren’t there two types of readers? The reader who truly loves the words, the story, and all emotion and action they can picture right alongside the author. Then, there's the reader who is forced to read a book, to write the dreaded book report, or pass a test.
My 11 year old son fell into the second category. He wouldn’t read until I told him exactly how many pages he needed to finish. I tried all types of books and subjects, but he really couldn’t connect and would hurriedly just read to get it done. Then, I found Max the Mighty, a story about a quirky boy from a broken home. Max is bigger than most and scary to some. He has a heart for others in need, which leads to adventure and trouble. This is a story that kept us both in suspense with a giggle every now and then. This character, from one of author Rodman Philbrick’s books, quickly grabbed the attention of my son and changed his attitude of "having to read" to "wanting to read."
Max the Mighty is actually the second book in this series by Philbrick. So, the next book he read was the first in the series, Freak the Mighty. And, he kept on reading! The stories all have a hero, heart, maybe a little tragedy or flawed character, and humor.
Thanks Rodman Philbrick for helping my son find the joy in reading!
A few more titles we have read:
Camden Point Branch