About a year ago, he took that book off the shelf, and he laughed out loud literally all night long. He simply could not put it down. Not all kids "get" Calvin and Hobbes. Especially not all kids today. It is all about imagination, and I worry that we are not letting kids cultivate theirs enough these days. I was SO happy that Jeremy not only "got" it, but he loved it.
The binding is starting to break, and we lost the book cover ages ago, but it is a very common travel book and Violet has even taken to sneaking it into her room to read at night when Jeremy is not looking.
Recently, though, they have started taking it to a new level. Jeremy often says words that he has only read and therefore does not know how to pronounce. It is really cute and I love that his vocabulary is so extensive from his reading. Nine times out of ten, when he tries out a new big word and we help him correctly say it, we find that he learned it from Calvin and/or Hobbes.
And then, one day I came home from work to see the kids in an absolute frenzy of excitement. Apparently, they made a transmogrifier and wanted to show it to me.
Yes, a transmogrifier.
It transmogrifies things. Duh.
Jeremy explained he saw it on Calvin and Hobbes and wanted to try it out.
Here is one of the strips on the transmogrification series:
Basically, they turned a cardboard box into a transmogrifier by writing directions on it, then you get inside, turn the dial, and turn into whatever you want. Like, say, a little boy could become a tiger. Crazy.
Here is Jeremy's version:
|He put a lot of work into this.|
|Violet wrote an instruction booklet.|
Anyway, this is the type of random kid nonsense that I just love. They fell in love with a book, immersed themselves in that make-believe world, and found a way to make it come alive through the use of a cardboard box, a marker, and pure imagination.
Side note: Melissa - I think Anderson would love Calvin and Hobbes if he is not already reading them - try it out!