I am an avid comic book reader, and it got me thinking that it may be a great way to introduce my 5 year old son to books. Any thoughts on this?
I have always found Roald Dahl's books to tick all the boxes necessary for encouraging children to read. I believe the short staccato language in comics might not make for the most natural flow whilst learning to read, and probably have a low reading age score based on the Flesh-Kincaid reading score which is widely used by schools to measure reading age.
Some of my favorite books as a child were George's Marvellous
Medicine, The Twits, Matilda and The BFG and for shorter stories Revolting Rhymes is just brilliant. My vocabulary was always advanced as a youngster and I believe it is because of my exposure to these books, that still use very intelligent language, mainly because Quentin Blake's illustrations really helped to bring the stories to life. Sadly, I did not continue to expand my reading horizons very much further in later life, but I would definitely recommend these for children.
As an idea, why not have the comics as a treat for when your child has read a few pages of something else, that way you win both times! Comics often become a habit and a hobby and I think that's great as they are so colourful and imaginative.