Tonight, we were talking about how readers re-read books they love over and over again- even chapter books. I talked about how growing up, I read Charlotte's Web at least 15 times and the Ramona series over and over and how I've read the Trixie Belden books more times than I can count. Then I did the math (with Fran) to realize that I have read HP books on a minimum of 34 occasions*. This amazed him. I may now have bad-ass status to him.
Fran only knows Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (both book and film) so far, but he is still a huge Harry Potter fan. As he grows older, we'll dole the books out year-by-year until he can't stand it anymore and plows through to the end. (Hopefully, he will not fall into deep despair at the series being over like his mother...)
Then Fran and I had this conversation:
Fran: So, is the Harry Potter author writing any more Harry Potter books right now?
Mary: Well, I think she's busy doing other stuff.
Fran: But is she writing more Harry Potters now?
Mary: Hmm, I think she needs a rest from that.
Fran: You mean, like her hands? She needs to rest her hands- and her wrists- from all that writing. (Nodded knowingly.)
Mary: Yes- I think that must be why.
So that must be it, people. J.K. Rowling is resting her hands.
*34 books read, not reading the series 34 times. I do take time for basic hygiene!