When I was growing up, I read regular books, never any comic books, and I realize now what I missed. I just was not a comic book reader at all and thought that they were for less serious readers. However, things changed when I became a mother and realized that reading was important, no matter what was the format, and should be fun. As a mother of two sons, I think that comic books may appeal more to boys than girls too. It was my oldest son Zac who opened the world of comic books to me when he was a child.
One day, he brought home a Calvin and Hobbes comic book from a friend’s house. Calvin is a mischievous and adventurous 6 year old boy and Hobbes is his stuffed tiger. They have all sorts of hilarious fun together. Soon, the entire series of comic books were a part of our home reading collection and both my sons read them over and over again, laughing as they turned the pages. Later, a colleague introduced me to the comic book series on The Adventures of Tintin. This time, a dog and his owner- a young male reporter- are involved. The plots are more sophisticated and intriguing and the art work is wonderful. My sons loved all the adventures.
In addition to these comic books are many Christian ones. Introduce your child to the world of good, clean comics, if you haven’t already. As a parent, I was truly happy to see my sons reading books over and over and laughing and enjoying themselves.