Chapter 2, Extra 4
LEARNING IN THESE GRADES
While everyone else was still reading basically Cat in the Hat books, I was already reading Hank The Cow Dog books (which were like 6th-grader books).
Then, EVERY Goosebumps book, and I mean EVERY SINGLE ONE! Then, I moved from there to books at an 11th-grade level.
I was constantly checking out books from the library. Then there came a point where there weren’t books left I was interested in. So my teacher’s assistant started bringing in books for me to read.
A huge reason I am able to write the way I do today is that when I was 7, my aunt told me if I memorize the ENTIRE dictionary, she would give me $1,000.
You know cartoons when their eyes bulge out of their head and they have money signs, I think that actually happened when she said that.
I obviously didn’t memorize the ENTIRE dictionary but I sure as hell learned A LOT of words and did A LOT of dictionary reading for the next 6 months. I think I might offer my kid $1,000 too when he is old enough to read. And when I have a kid 😛