I agree and appreciate these sentiments on the Rough Side of Reading… it can be applied to children’s books too. Go ahead. I give you permission to stop in the middle of a story and say “Sorry kids, this story is lame… go pick another book.” They’ll protest, but it’s for their own good and if you are matter of fact and can communicate your point in just the right way (blending charity, cheerfulness, patience and firmness coupled with an excited willingness to read something else) they’ll be fine. Besides, it teaches them to be their own good stewards of time.
Because the truth is a fact and the fact is that there are so many good books… and so little time.