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DH not allowed to read Tintin books

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Madamecastafiore Fri 07-Feb-14 19:54:39

At school as other children at be jealous.

FFS he hates reading (typical boy) and other than taking the sports section of the newspaper in only wants to read Tintin.

I know kids are supposed to do as they are told but forcing him turns him off even more and finally thought I had cracked it.

They are third hand after being tread by uncle and father so about 40 years old so not a sparkly new box set or anything.

Was going to try Asterix next but apparently that out of the question too!!

pointythings Sat 08-Feb-14 15:39:34

There you go, OP. mrz has spoken and that is the last word - your DS's teacher is wrong, and you now have leave to go and be 'that' parent. grin

FWIW I also think he is wrong. You've addressed the unpalatable material in the books with your DS - that's your job done, now he should be allowed to read them.

mrz Sat 08-Feb-14 14:01:56

Why on earth would a teacher stop a child reading confused

LucyBorgia Sat 08-Feb-14 10:04:04

Ah look most of us who are voracious readers got nothing but those godawful readers at school and grabbed everything else within sight at home and in the library. So encourage him with what he is interested in at home. It's a much nicer place to develop a love of reading than sandwiched in between all the distractions in the classroom. While I adored Enid and all the rest I would much rather be a child today the quality of children's books is fantastic.

Madamecastafiore Sat 08-Feb-14 09:58:45

He hates Beast Quest, has read a couple of Wimpy Kids, tried Astrosaurs, Biggles, Enid Blyton and Flat Stanley as well as Horrid Henry but Tintin are what he loves and actually picks up without being nagged.

We have the dodgy ones (the really bad ones) and have taken them away and he understands the rights and wrongs of the prejudices in them as we spoke about them when watching the cartoon adaptations.

Yes the teacher is a young man who seems to be about weak. Apparently the top popular cleverest (full of himself) little darling in the class actually makes comments out loud or suggests things and this teacher falls in with what he is saying.

I think this year I am going to end up being 'one of those mums!'

lljkk Sat 08-Feb-14 09:35:56

Where does Wimpy Kid diary fall? Although the material is a bit "mature" for him.

PollyPutTheKettle Fri 07-Feb-14 21:49:25

Is this teacher inexperienced?

It seems a very odd thing to say otherwise. I would speak to the teacher again to give them the opportunity to see sense. It can be a gentle conversation along the lines of you doing anything to get your DS interested in reading.

If that doesn't work then I would speak to the head.

Madamecastafiore Fri 07-Feb-14 21:25:37

I think it's because it's cartoon format and the others will want to read cartoon format books.

We have a fantastic village library and one in nearest town where you can order any books so no reason why anyone needs to be jealous about people reading/having certain books.

This is just another thing which is pissing me off about this teacher and think I'll have to and DH to parents evening on his own next month as may sit there sobbing or screaming at him (have PND), poor did will scare pants off him.

frugalfuzzpig Fri 07-Feb-14 20:57:49

(I mean a reason other than "because the others will be jealous" - as surely the answer to that would be to let everyone read them!)

frugalfuzzpig Fri 07-Feb-14 20:56:49

Ooh tell you one thing that he might like - has he seen the film Hugo? The book it's based on, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, is mostly pictures, I enjoyed it. By Brian Selznick.

Not that I'm agreeing with the teacher, mind!

Ask the teacher exactly WHY he's not allowed graphic novels. I'd be interested to see what they come up with...

mistlethrush Fri 07-Feb-14 20:50:00

Tintin has a few things that wouldn't be written now - but DS loves them.. and Asterix. We never seem to have any problem when we write them down in his reading record... We don't put the Beano down as well (although if we did we would be half way through the next reading record book...)

josuk Fri 07-Feb-14 20:49:55

Agree with all of the comments above. Ridiculous! Reading comics is reading too.

Also wanted to ask - have you tried Captain Underpants? While it's not 'serious' or 'a classic' - it does get reluctant boy readers to read often. Have seen it with kid after kid.

Even girls like it - mine went through a phase when she found it really funny - all while reading R.Dahl and M.Morpurgo at the same time.

columngollum Fri 07-Feb-14 20:45:35

I think some Tintin are worse than others. There are a couple of books about savages which have themes no longer seen as acceptable. But they're not all like that.

Llareggub Fri 07-Feb-14 20:41:49

This is very bizarre.

My youngest DS is in reception and is point blank refusing to learn to read. School have cracked it by making a book out of his favourite cartoon characters and tricking him into liking it. Is your school very traditional?

TheWomanTheyCallJayne Fri 07-Feb-14 20:37:55

If we're talking dodgy issues then look to Biggles. I bet they would be allowed

frugalfuzzpig Fri 07-Feb-14 20:36:10

Ha. Yes Errol good point. (And I would say the 'boy equivalent' is beast quest btw although apparently they are slightly less lame than rainbow fairies)

There's a lot of dodgy issues in old books - I was horrified when I read Peter Pan to DD recently - but we just talk about it. Eg we have started famous five (my old favourite!) and talked about how it's silly that they thought boys were better than girls etc

nobutreally Fri 07-Feb-14 20:35:02

X post with Jayne

TheWomanTheyCallJayne Fri 07-Feb-14 20:34:30

And what would they say to something like this

nobutreally Fri 07-Feb-14 20:33:48

Oh god yes, if they accept the formulaic Rainbow Fairy shit <spits> and won't allow Asterix (ds's vocab and phonic skills were hugely enlarged by character names in Asterix...) then there is no hope for them.

iseenodust Fri 07-Feb-14 20:32:42

I would ask the teacher to reconsider if that is the only reason.
Some Tintin books do have old-fashioned mores. There is racism and Captain Haddock is an old soak.

TheWomanTheyCallJayne Fri 07-Feb-14 20:31:57

The English translations of asterix are very clever. In the original books the dog is called idéfix which means a fixed idea or obsessive which makes the translation to Dogmatix just inspired and clever on so many levels.
I don't get the problem with comics. Would picture books with the pictures and the words separated be ok?

ErrolTheDragon Fri 07-Feb-14 20:28:00

>Oh so it's a "comic books aren't proper books" thing then?

gah. Are the other kids are allowed to read Rainbow fairies or whatever the boy equivalent is nowadays? Tintin and Asterix are surely way better than a lot of the books churned out for kids now.

nobutreally Fri 07-Feb-14 20:26:03

What year is he in? From y3, both schools my kids went to had the very sensible policy that reading anything at all was to be encouraged - in fact I know the literacy spokesman talked how much kids can learn from reading the instructions on computer games smile.
I would ask them to explain exactly why the feel graphic novels are inappropriate. And maybe point them to a few contemporary classics like Persepolis (ranked #5 in the best books of the decade by Newsweek) or the gorgeous The Arrival by Shaun Tan ( that one doesn't even have any word). There's a historical snobbery about the comic format that is very unhelpful. And I write as an English literature graduate smile

frugalfuzzpig Fri 07-Feb-14 20:24:21

And if it's free reading time surely the others can take in tintin/asterix etc if they want confused

Or is it that DS is one of a minority who are at a higher level and allowed to bring their own, in which case surely a privilege of being able to choose your own is to, you know, choose your own hmm

This has rankled me. I work in a library BTW... and if anyone here likes graphic novels I can really recommend the Wizard of Oz adaptations by Eric Shanower, they are GORGEOUS.

(End hijack - sorry blush)

frugalfuzzpig Fri 07-Feb-14 20:20:23

Oh so it's a "comic books aren't proper books" thing then? hmm

FWIW my severely dyslexic DSD got to age 15 without ever truly wanting to read. Then she discovered manga and never looked back - she's always got her nose in a book now!

ErrolTheDragon Fri 07-Feb-14 20:12:47

>She spent Oct-Jan of year 2 reading Nothing but Calvin & Hobbes books.

Wow...brave to let a kid of Calvin's age read those! grin

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