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I read The Hobbit
aloud to my brother when he was 5. He fell asleep in parts, but overall enjoyed it very much. He had seen the animated movie, so I had to encourage him that we were going to get to Gollum (his favorite part), and then that there was a new part he didn't know about coming up (Beorn) and then a big exciting battle. Even so, he would run up to me after school saying "hobbit! hobbit! hobbit!", knowing that I would read to him on the way home. [He's 10 years younger than me, so I was 15 at the time.] He definitely liked it! He requested that I read LotR to him immediately after, but with that, he did fall asleep, and there was nothing I could do about that. So, I put the book on hold until he was 10, and he enjoyed it a lot more then!
It might just be age. My brother is not a particularly bright student, but he has an amazing ability with reading comprehension. He read The Silmarillion
at the age of 10, and understood it well enough to discuss it with me afterwards
. Now, if he could just translate that to good SAT scores....
Your nephew may not be ready for it. Not everyone likes to read, even if they are bright. I have one sister and one brother who love to read, and read for fun all the time. I have another sister who refuses to read novels (of any sort) and will only read non-fiction (mostly devotional works), and that in small doses. My remaining brother does not like to read much, but he likes Harry Potter
and has read all of those books, as well as military history (usually autobiographical). To each his own, honestly.
If you are concerned about his playing video games rather than reading, find something that will interest him and get him to read that. If not The Hobbit
, maybe the Redwall
books or Harry Potter
or Treasure Island
. There's even nothing wrong with Hardy Boys
. Once he reads a book and likes
it, he'll be much more likely to seek out more books on his own! Be willing to discuss the books with him, and listen to what he has to say about them, but don't make an assignment out of it. Reading for pleasure should be just that - a pleasure.