British kids are no different than their American counterparts when it comes to reading prose versus graphic novels, TV, video games, etc., at least based on an interesting story plus interview with Alan Grant who collaborated with Cam Kennedy on an graphic novel adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic novel Kidnapped (now available in the UK and this fall in America) in The Scotsman.
At least, that’s what Grant found when he made an appearance at Wester Hailes Education Centre as part of a literacy workshop involving Kidnapped and began peppering kids with questions about their reading habits. If you’re having a tough time convincing a young one to try reading a comic or graphic novel, share this little tidbit from Grant:
“There are studies which show that when you’re watching TV, you only use one half of the brain, and the other half goes to sleep. When you read a book, it switches over and you use the other half of your brain. If you read comic books though, you’ll use both halves of the brain, and so people who read comics tend to be smarter than people who don’t.”
Not to be outdone, Grant fielded a few “whopper-style” questions of his own from the kids. Perhaps, the most interesting of the bunch: Are you a millionaire?