My grand-nephews birthday is this week and the party is Sunday. He's the original grand nephew, my niece's son. He's also my godson. Unfortunately for everyone involved, he's socially awkward. He's home-schooled which isn't helping the situation at all.
He is difficult to buy for because he tends to want toys younger than his age. To add to the difficulty level, his mom is notorious in announcing Every Single Time "Oh, he has that one already. We'll take it back" So cringey and unnecessary.
Turns out that he's a very good reader. He's 8 and reads at a middle school level. He enjoys the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, being a bit of a misfit himself.
I went to the local bookstore Village Books, which is like sending an addict to a crack house. I love this store SO MUCH that I don't go often for fear of having to live in a house built of the books I've purchased. It has a gift shop attached that will wrap your purchases for free. It's such a great place. I mean, look at it:
Anyway, it's tough to find books for that age. It's easy to go too young or too old. I saw lots of titles that I read as a child. I was tempted to buy them to read again. It's also interesting to read the writing. There were a handful of books that just wasn't written very well. Or the premise was terrible. Did you know there is a series of books that the kids die in a freak accident and go to Heck? Oh my Gah.
There are, of course, Wimpy Kids knock-offs that I passed by. I found a few books that seemed pretty good. But I kept browsing because hello? bookstore!!!!
I found these books just as I had given up. They sound so good that I might read them as well. I took them to the checkout counter and quizzed the cashier. I explained that he was a socially awkward young boy who was a really good reader. I was looking for something like Wimpy Kid but not trendy. To my surprise she said that these books were perfect.
I love thinking of personality traits like that. It makes them more bearable, I guess.