Sunday, August 9, 2009
George's Secret Key to the Universe
By Lucy and Stephen Hawking
We've just finished George's Secret Key to the Universe as the boys' bed-time story book, and it was terrific. It had everything a kid (small or large) could want - cool characters, action and adventure, black holes, the cleverest computer in the world, great illustrations and lots of photos and space facts. In fact I'd barely finished reading aloud the last chapter when Mr Seven-year-old snatched it out of my hands to start reading it over himself.
This is a great book for boys. I say this because the bookshelves seem to be loaded with great books for girls, but I sometimes feel fabulous boys fiction is under-represented, particularly in the younger age groups. So I always welcome your suggestions for cool boy's books. I'm thinking Tolkein's The Hobbit for our next read.
So come on, some of you, ahem, older guys out there. Give me some hints; what books captured your imagination when you were younger?