I started talking about the book with my students and told them how much I LOVED it. But I always do this before I read a book. I showed them the book, read the back, and got them all excited about hearing our new story. I made it known that this book is an exclusive read aloud meaning, after I read it goes back on my desk and not on the chalkboard (the students can't read ahead or choose this book for reading concentration). Don't you know the next day when I started reading it one of my students brought in a copy of the book from his local library and started reading along with us during the read aloud (I let that slide)!! Then the next day, another student also found a copy in our school library and he brought that copy in. The book got so interesting for my students and they are enjoying it so much, that I actually started taking the "floating" copies of the book away from them after I read a few chapters each day. They were good sports about it. I did this because I love the excitement and anticipation that they have for the morning read aloud. Not that they weren't looking forward to hearing the other stories that I've shared in the past but at the end of the read aloud for The Phantom they start chanting READ IT! READ IT! READ IT!! They beg to borrow the book, they write longer than usuall in their reading logs, they talk about it with a great sense of eagerness! I just wanted to preserve the moment and I want them all to share it together instead of allowing them to read ahead. Now I am in search mode for the movie, I love watching the movie after the book (just so I can prove that the book is always better!).
While reading a few chapters today (some of them are really short), one of my students informed me that this reminds him of how when he enters his house after school, the first thing he does is check for vampires! (teachable moment: text to self connection!)
I did a search today and saw that there are actually some used AND NEW copies on Amazon.com! If you are interested in buying a copy, you might want to hurry up!