Glaucon wrote:I think one of the tricky things about getting kids to read (boys especially) is the 'competition' books have, these days. Back when ol'man Glaucon was young, there was TV and there were comics, but TV was boring and comics ... well, you can only read them so many times. I got into reading because I wanted the stories. No games and DVD's. Books are harder to get into than much of the competition (even if they offer 'more', ultimately).
Of course, fact is that some people just aren't readers (not of fiction, anyway). Some people just prefer 'doing stuff' over immersing themselves in a story for hours. And maybe that's already the case when they are young... and no matter how what sort of book you set in their path, they will not pick it up for long.
You may have a point. When I was young, my family moved, pretty much every year. My father was career Air Force. So, I'd spend long hours in the car. Entertainment was books. I read everything in the car. From crappy Tom and Jerry "tiny book novelizations" to things like Mary Poppins, Dr. Doolittle and The Secret Garden. Books were entertainment and friends.
Hey cake girl, try him on some of the old Hard Science Fiction like Heinlein's juveniles (Have Space Suit Will Travel, Starship Troopers,etc..) He might like those.