The loudest giggling came from the eleven-year-old, who couldn't even see the pictures because she was supposed to be doing her homework. To quote a line from the knight in HAPPY BIRTHDAY, GOOD KNIGHT, "the gift of laughter is the best gift there is!" Thank you, Shelley, for giving my family the gift of giggles.
On a slightly (but not much) more serious note, I gave my seven-year-old Tony DiTerlizzi's KENNY AND THE DRAGON for Christmas and couldn't figure out why he wouldn't read it. I mean, check it out.
When I picked it up, I knew right away. I have to wonder what the reading level on the book is. However, DiTerlizzi tells a great story, so I read it to him. We both enjoyed the story and illustrations immensely. Now, I'm thinking, if my little guy could handle the vocabulary and story-telling style of KENNY AND THE DRAGON, he'd probably enjoy Tolkien's FARMER GILES OF HAM (the next time I'm feeling ambitious).