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Tougher for comprehension than they look...
on December 29, 2008
We've struggled a bit with comprehension, and I'm always looking for books at the right reading level for my competent, but reluctant, almost-8 y/o reader. The words and concepts in these are fine for a 6/7/8 year old, but some of the phrasing and the jokes seem to be difficult for an early-chapter-book-reader to grasp without some discussion to go along (we ask questions on about every other page to make sure he "gets" it). There are lots of plays on words, which are funny, but sometimes require more explanation than just context. I was hoping for something he could read independently, and once he gets used to the humor, maybe he can. Cute stories though, topics generally suitable and interesting for this age-group, I would say more boy-oriented than girl, though my daughter will listen to them too (6 y/o).