Apart from the obvious joy of it being Bright Week, Friday was fun :-)
We went to the Big M's for a late breakfast, and I throughly enjoyed being able to have a totally guilt-free bacon and egg McMuffin :-)
Then we went to the cinema to take the young ones to see the film of "Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief". I bought the book of this for DD3 some months ago, and she loved it. It was very popular in her class.
As we were waiting to go in the cinema, we saw a whole bevy of delightful little girls, all aged about 5/6, dressed in their party best, celebrating a birthday party. We smiled at them, and wondered what film they were going to see. We had pre-booked our cinema seats, and we went straight in to take our places and made ourselves comfortable.
Imagine my dismay when these delightful little girls -at least a dozen of them, accompanied by a handful of adults - took their places in our screen. DH and I had checked out the film reviews and trailers very carefully, wondering whether the film might in fact be a tad too scary for our DD4 aged 8. It was graded a PG - parental guidance rating, and we had decided that she would most likely be fine with it and I would cover her eyes if there were any particularly scary bits. I would most definitely not have taken a 5/6 year old to see it. DH and I exchanged speaking glances, and laid quiet bets on how long the little ones would cope with such a film.
There were lots of battles and some very scary monsters very quickly within the film. In fact, the first twenty minutes were the scariest, I think. Needless to say, after about 20 minutes of the film, the little girls and their accompanying adults all trooped out. I felt so very sorry for them, as they had obviously been looking forward to their treat. With children of that age, I wouldn't dream of taking them to see anything that wasn't rated a "U" - suitable for all ages.
The four of us throughly enjoyed the film, including DD4 who loved the special effects, and we will definitely be getting it when it comes out on DVD later in the year. I loved the unusual premise that Percy having dyslexia /ADHD marked him out as special, not having Special Needs; his dyslexia was described as simply being that he was hardwired to read Ancient Greek, not English, and his ADHD was because that as a demi-god with many enemies, he needed to be constantly on the move and in a state of heightened "battle awareness".
There were touches of humour that would have been obvious to the adults, but both of my children missed the double entendres completely; let us simply say that Persephone was very .... sultry.
I am currently reading the first book in the series, and will certainly be buying the rest in due course......