Wednesday, October 3, 2012
The Machine of Doom
My six year old is a huge fan of Skylanders, so he was thrilled when his grandma brought him a Skylander's book. He wanted to sit down and start reading right away.
The Machine of Doom is a story of three Skylanders that are defending the Skylands. Spyro, Gill Grunt, and Eruptor are trying to protect Skylands from the evil Kaos. They must reach the Chattering Key and the Machine of Doom before Kaos does! On their journey, the Skylanders encounter many of the same obstacles as they do in the game, and use their same powers. Just like the video game, the book includes a lot of humor. In the end of the book, Spyro, the dragon, has to decide what he will do with Kaos. Spyro decides to save Kaos from a collapsing pyramid, but unfortunately Kaos is able to escape from the Skylanders leaving an opening for another Skylanders book!
This book was definitely the longest chapter book that I have read (and finished) with my son. The Machine of Doom has pictures, but not as many as he is used to, so he was really forced to listen carefully as I read. It also helped that he had some background information from the video game. We were familiar with the characters, at least, so the story wasn't as difficult to follow if it was all new. My son really enjoyed this book and was thrilled that we actually finished it!
When starting this book with my son I wasn't expecting much! Reading this book did actually accomplish something though! I was happy that my son realized he could actually listen to a longer chapter book! Reading this book was a win, win for both of us!