Cheering for Dismemberment

I’m reading Half Magic (an amazing book by an author to deserves to be more well-known than he is) to my class. When I got to the part where the Black Knight cut the Red Knight’s head off, the class laughed.

When I got to the part where the Green Knight cut the tip of the Black Knight’s nose off, the class howled.

When I got to the part where the Green and Black Knights cut the head of the other off at the same moment? The class cheered.

And when their lifeless bodies slumped on the floor a few moments after their heads rolled onto the floor? Well, it was a near riot.

One of my admins popped her head in, “I love how excited your class is about reading, Ms!”

I smiled, “Me, too!”

When she left, I flipped to the back cover. “Ages 8 and up.” I breathed a sigh of relief. I was covered.

(The knights end up putting themselves back together from the pieces on the floor. My kids’ eyes lit up at that. One looked at the cover, “But Ms, they said his head was cut off and then his body fell over, so how come on the cover, he’s cut off at the waist?” Awesome attention to detail, kid.)