Bedtime book for 8 yr old boy/girl twins

(6 Posts)
Thewhingingdefective Thu 06-Mar-14 11:10:11

Any suggestions? Something current/contemporary I think. But not something tough to read aloud like Mr Gum. Great book but requires a stunning performance.

We've recently read:

Tom's Midnight Garden
The Wombles
Children of Green Knowe
Stig of the Dump
Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf
101 Dalmations
How To Train Your Dragon
Peter Pan
Wizard of Oz
Mr Gum

Also lots of Dahl, the Sophie books by Dick King Smith, Daisy books by Kes Gray, The Magic Faraway Tree, Moomins...

DD reads a lot of Rainbow Magic and is also enjoying the first little House book. DS likes mainly non fiction, but also Wimpy Kid, Dennis the Menace and abridged classics, although struggled emotionally with White Fang.

Want something written recently and quite light/ easy, maybe humorous, as some of the language in the older books is fairly archaic and hard work for them to listen to at bedtime. DS has missed loads of Tom's Midnight Garden cos he zonks out but DD wants to hear more.

Thanks.

FrankUnderwood Thu 06-Mar-14 11:18:22

Artemis Fowl?

Contemporary:
Goth Girl, and Ottoline and the Yellow Cat (both Chris Riddell)
Terry Deary's historical books are good and humorous as well as being informative

Classic:
Charlotte's Web
Narnia

There's a Clever Polly sequel by the way! And the Eric Thomson Dougal books are good to read too.

emmaMBC Thu 06-Mar-14 13:35:38

The Grunts series by Philip Argagh is very amusing.

Anything by David Walliams - Gangsta Granny is a good one to begin with.

Waffle Hearts is BEAUTIFUL. Two main characters - one male, one female so could suit perfectly.

www.mybookcorner.com.au/listings/1018-waffle-hearts

The Boy Who Swam with Piranhas by David Almond

Thewhingingdefective Thu 06-Mar-14 18:20:47

Ooh, thanks! Will try to request some from the library.

I nearly bought the new David Almond book last week - wish I had now - and I think I've got one of The Grunts books on iBooks (but I always forget about ebooks as they just feel pretend.)

wearymum200 Thu 06-Mar-14 19:32:10

Roddy Doyle Giggler Treatment and sequels
The Goffins
A walk in wolf wood
Tom trueheart stories
Fortunately the Milk
Def the Ottoline stories
Madame Pamplemousse and the time travelling cafe

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