I attempt to read with my son four or five nights a week. We are working our way through the Percy Jackson series. The reading level is a little too difficult for him, so we read it together (not to mention that the mythology review helps me!). I wanted a series he could read in bed at night, I would read also, and we could discuss at breakfast or in the car. We picked The Spiderwick Chronicles.
We started spring break. My husband and I had to take our son with us to our "tax" meeting, so I encouraged my son to start the book. Well . . . he completed the entire book at the meeting. I asked him how he liked it. "I didn't. I didn't get it." As a teacher, I really do not like when students say "I don't get it." I want them to be more specific. My son couldn't, and he wasn't interested in any elaboration.
Nonetheless, I read the book hoping I could spark his interest, and we could go to the library to get book two. Like my son, I didn't like it. I have no desire to read further. And I really cannot elaborate why.