Today is something a bit unusual and special all at the same time!
Today my ten year old son Lil Ste takes over the blog! Lil ste is an avid book nerd, just like his mum! My son has ADHD, Tourette’s and Autism, making concentration very difficult indeed. Yet with sheer determination and hard work manages to stay focused on novels, if they engage his interest. So without further ado, I shall hand over to my son. Here’s Lil Ste!
*As you can see he was super excited to receive a limited edition proof!
Minecraft The Island by Max Brooks
Washed up on a beach, the lone castaway looks around the shore. Where am I? Who am I? And why is everything made of blocks? But there isn’t much time to soak up the sun. It’s getting dark, and there’s a strange new world to explore!
The top priority is finding food. The next is not becoming food. Because there are others out there on the island . . . like the horde of zombies that appear after night falls. Crafting a way out of this mess is a challenge like no other. Who could build a home while running from exploding creepers, armed skeletons, and an unstoppable tide of hot lava? Especially with no help except for a few makeshift tools and sage advice from an unlikely friend: a cow.
In this world, the rules don’t always make sense, but courage and creativity go a long way. There are forests to explore, hidden underground tunnels to loot, and undead mobs to defeat. Only then will the secrets of the island be revealed.
#WhatLilSteSays – Lil Ste’s Review:
Minecraft The Island was a pleasure to read. It began slow and dull but became rich with it’s hilarious literature. I think it’s good read for someone new to Minecraft but pro’s of the game (like me) might enjoy the book too. Even adults who want to know what the heck, Minecraft is! Any day it is a great read. I found the characters interesting, mainly the cow. The description of the Minecraft world is beautiful. I thank max brooks for writing this great novel. 4*
*All his own words!
What I think:
Anything that grabs my son’s interest usually grabs mine also. Due to his needs, our family resembles a military unit (my husband is ex-forces) lol! We all become involved and encourage Lil Ste to explore his interests. These usually involve surfing and Batman! He is a huge comic book nerd and can recite comic data from the beginning of Bob Kane’s career. To Steven his interests become his obsessions, as is common with Autism. It was a huge treat to see him immersed in a novel and to work together on this little blog project. I am a parent that is pre #Minecraft, I have seen it’s use in teaching various skills including maths (area) and now literature to children.
The way we teach Autistic children or children with SEN needs is evolving everyday. I have seen both Minecraft & Lego used to aid the process of gaining interest and encouraging concentration.
I would highly recommend the series for all children and even some adults too. As Lil Ste has told me multiple times “Minecraft is for everyone, Mum!”
*From Lil Ste and I, Happy publication day Max Brooks 🙂