Tuesday, June 22, 2010

What he's reading on his own

He went back and read the first Encyclopedia Brown book on his own again. He's been reading the Jokelopedia. And he's working his way through the Bananagrams for Kids book (good word games there.)

On the "next up" list is a pack of books my mom sent him which includes: A Wrinkle in Time (I don't know why I don't still have my copy); Black Beauty and Black Beauty Returns; and the first two Hardy Boys books.

And now a question for you all: What age do you think it's appropriate for your kid to watch Monty Python's Holy Grail and Blazing Saddles?

7 comments:

kathy a. said...

no straight answer for this -- when you feel OK with it. and MM would probably enjoy the humor, even if he doesn't catch it all. i know you'll want to watch with him, to talk about stuff.

my daughter and her friends adored monty python in the 5th grade -- if i recall, their teacher introduced them to clips! she probably had seen it earlier, too, i just don't remember.

Madeleine said...

My daughter's class watched a few specific clips of Holy Grail in class this year. They are studying medieval times and the teacher has a good sense of humor. I think maybe they watched "Bring out your dead" and the Black Knight fighting with one hand. The tricky part is -- what else was in there that I've totally forgotten about? I could watch the whole thing first, I suppose.

I'd love to show her Blazing Saddles and I know I saw it as a kid, but not sure which age. There is some sexual suggestiveness but again, I don't remember the extent of it. So. Not much use to you, but I'll be watching the rest of the comments.

Magpie said...

My 6 1/2 year old hasn't watched either of those movies...but I am waiting with bated breath.

liz said...

We're a bit concerned about the race relations stuff in Blazing Saddles, and the Nunnery in Holy Grail.

I think he can handle both...

Madeleine said...

Ah, race relations. You'll talk about it. It'll be OK.

kathy a. said...

liz -- you, too, may get to have your kid refer to your younger days as "the olden days!" they really do get that standards have changed in recent decades. even if they have trouble distinguishing "not very long ago" from "the dark ages." ;)

Mummy/Crit said...

D (almost 10 now) saw The Holy Grail last year I think at his dad's, and seemed to handle it well. My main hesitation was that he might end up quoting it endlessly, and if there's one thing that really annoys me it's Python-quoting. Jay would like to show him Blazing Saddles, but I suspect D might get bored. We'll have to try it out. They've watched The Court Jester together though and D likes that a lot...