Gavin loves books. He also loves the bookshop. He loves going to the bookshop even more than he loves going to the toy shop. He can stay in there for hours – although he still needs someone to read to him. I can just imagine what it would be like when he learns to read for himself.
Anyway, up until recently, Gavin was mostly only interested in Thomas and Friends books. Although his teachers tell us that he loves listening to stories at school, he would only want to visit the Thomas section in the bookshop. When we ask him what books he wants to buy, he’s only interested in buying Thomas books. Occasionally, he deviates and agrees to buy a Mickey book or a Little Einsteins book but inevitably, he reverts back to his Thomas books without fail.
When he was younger – before we discovered his interest in Thomas – I bought him the Dr Seuss Sleep Book. I bought it because I was hoping to put him to sleep by reading it to him. Suffice to say that it didn’t work and I put the book away and never looked at it again until some time back when my friend gave Gavin the Dr Seuss “Go Dog. Go” book.
I was initially doubtful that Gavin would take to the “Go Dog. Go” book since he was so deeply entrenched in Thomas. To my surprise, he loved it. He wanted it read over and over again and was entertained by the book whenever we went out to a restaurant. After that I took out the Sleep Book and he enjoyed that one, too.
Today, we were at the bookshop again and on a shelf near the Thomas books were Dr Seuss books. I didn’t think Gavin would seriously take me up on the offer, but I asked him if he would like a Dr Seuss book. To my surprise (and delight), Gavin wanted to buy Dr Seuss’ “Happy Birthday to You” book.
Personally, I think it is the pictures in the books that attract him. Regardless, I’m just glad that he’s showing an interest in a topic other than Thomas…