So, through a series of well-planned in-car discussions, I finally convinced the kid that I should read him The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. And already, at the end of chapter four, I am not sure it was such a good idea.
He has already been near-tears at Edmund's behaviour and is coming up with his own version of a twelve-step program to reduce Turkish Delight addiction. He is concerned that Edmund will do something evil before he can get out of the clutches of the witch (but he has no doubts that Edmund will go back to the side of Good before the end). He has been concerned that the Wardrobe door will close, and leave all the children stranded in Narnia forever. Before Peter and Susan have even got there at all.
I am somewhat concerned with what is going to happen with the whole stone knife thing (Edmund and Aslan moments). And for me it has always been very worrying about the little bush-land family eating their Christmas dinner who get turned to stone. Does Aslan turn them back before he leaves, or are they sitting there still, forks raised?
So I'm thinking there are more tears and anxiety ahead. And perhaps I am a bad mama. But I hope it's worth it, and that the avid excitement he also feels is the emotion he remembers when we have finished.