Would appear that in a span of 18 hours or less, my 7-1/2yo started and finished book 2 of both the Harry Potter series AND the Secret Zoo series. And actually, he read the first Secret Zoo book (341 pages) in less than 3 hours.
When I ask him his favorite part, he is clearly describing a section of the book; but since I haven't read them--I can't REALLY grill him for comprehension. He gives me a nutshell of the story beginning to end and I can ask questions that he answers, but I have no idea if they're right. I finally bought the SparkNotes for HP2 so I can dig in more.
Anyone else dealing with this? Especially if your child is older? I'd like to get words of wisdom and/or warning about it. Although I was a gifted child and was reading by age 2, I built a habit of decoding pages and not absorbing much of what I read. I worked really hard to try to ensure my son didn't fall into the same habit. I did fully read the Little House books rather than decode the pages, but I have no clue if I went through them this fast. I'm not a particularly fast reader NOW, so I'm assuming I wasn't then. It's not like anyone says today "You were a hellaciously fast reader when you were young!" (and none of them are available to ask, and pretty sure my mother never had a clue when I switched books--my son is homeschooled, so I'm more involved in his book acquisition :) ).