Funny book recommendations for an 11 year old boy who's lost his reading habit....

(23 Posts)
lljkk Tue 29-Jan-13 17:50:41

The Donut Diaries, series of 3. Age appropriate and the funniest of any books DC have brought home in last year.

vixsatis Mon 28-Jan-13 11:32:24

"Spud". I can't remember the name of the author but you can search it on Amazon. Very funny South African Boys' school story: my 11 year old and his friends all love it

beachyhead Mon 28-Jan-13 07:47:26

Thanks so much for all of these... Am busy researching with him. Luckily I got an Amazon voucher for Christmas, so I suspect a chunk will go on his new books.. grin

SheepCantFly Sat 26-Jan-13 09:47:50

Definitely the Jiggy McCue books by Michael Laurence smile

Easy, funny books: Origami Yoda series & 'Everything's Amazing, Sort Of' and its ilk.

Exciting books: Henderson's Boys series by Robert Muchamore, Gone series by Michael Grant, Young Samurai series by Chris Bradford.

Waswondering Sat 26-Jan-13 09:41:30

At 11, I went through an Arthur Ransom phase: Swallows and Amazons, Winter Holiday etc. loved them, very bygone era ...

Mutt Fri 25-Jan-13 16:23:02

I think you're right about them being conscious of what others consider to be 'cool' books at this age.

DS is also in his second term at secondary and I think one of the reasons he enjoyed Bear Grylls' book so much was that the other lads in the class think he's pretty rugged grin He even drinks his own pee FGS and everyone knows that 11yo love anything to do with pee or poo!

He is currently devouring the Anthony Horowitz Alex Rider series - no way could they be considered wimpy reads!

alwayssomething Fri 25-Jan-13 12:36:19

Another vote here for the Wimpy Kid books - light and funny!

BloooCowWonders Fri 25-Jan-13 09:50:57

Can he listen to audio books? The whole family falls abou to Anthony Horiwitz's Diamond Brothrrs books read by Nicholas Grace. Eg The French Confection, I know What you did last Wednesday etc.
Great fit our dc 12, 10, 6 and the adults smile

hanahsaunt Fri 25-Jan-13 09:02:12

Ds1 (12, y7) is just getting into Terry Prattchet (though I suspect it will be ds2 who really gets into them). He's also enjoyed Gerald Durrell - My Family & Other Animals recently which is very funny. He's not averse to a bit of Agatha Christie ... The Caroline Lawrence Roman Mystery series is very good.

beachyhead Thu 24-Jan-13 23:03:23

Oooh. might try James Herriott (I loved those!) and Middle Years looks good. He's got all the Wimpy Kid books and just sort of petered out after a couple of books... Thanks for these suggestions. Will load up the kindle after small boy consultation.

Yes, he's in the second term of Senior school and I'm worried that reading is less cool than it was. Also, they can't take Kindles into school, so he gets into a book, then he has to pick it up at home...

Also, it's Kindle versus YouTube in this house at the moment!

Not funny books but has he tried the Cherub series by Robert Muchamore? DS loves them. We went on holiday last year and he only brought 3 with him and read them so avidly he finished them half way through the holiday. Refused to try anything else and just reread those three again straight away. He now has all of them and has read the whole series at least three times.

He also loved the Wimpy Kid ones.

Mutt Thu 24-Jan-13 22:07:58

"Middle School: Worst Years Of My Life" went down well too.

Waswondering Thu 24-Jan-13 22:07:54

If 11 what about the likes of James Herriot or similar - totally different ....

timetosmile Thu 24-Jan-13 22:07:18

Terry Pratchett?

Mutt Thu 24-Jan-13 22:07:01

What about a complete change? My DS always preferred funny books but just recently read and loved the Bear Grylls book, "Mud, Sweat and Tears".

timetosmile Thu 24-Jan-13 22:05:59

Wimpy Kid? Laugh out loud funny. DS 12 read first them a few years ago but comes back to them again and again. I hear him in bed snorting with laughter.

Has he just started High School? Bet he's just plain exhausted after school!

acsec Thu 24-Jan-13 22:03:58

Are the Mr Gum books by Andy Stanton too young for your DS? Or The World of Norm books?

beachyhead Thu 24-Jan-13 22:03:32

Oh I'll have a look at Tom Gates.

He is a good reader, just a bit off the boil....

pinkthechaffinch Thu 24-Jan-13 22:02:41

The Giggler Treatment by roddy Doyle. It had made by 11 year old ds laugh and laugh .

grants1000 Thu 24-Jan-13 21:59:25

He also dislike Harry potter and anything mythical!

grants1000 Thu 24-Jan-13 21:58:27

Tom Gates are great, definitely light and funny with illustrations, like David Walliams. My 10yo nearly 11 has read them all. He also likes Dorling Kindersley history books, Greeks, Romans etc, he likes the detail, diagrams, mechanics etc and there is still lots of reading.

beachyhead Thu 24-Jan-13 20:53:24

He went hell for leather on various books as soon as he got his kindle last Spring for his birthday, did all the Hunger Games books, all Percy Jackson and all the David Walliams, but now he's gone off reading altogether.

He started the Charlie Higson series but found it a bit too much and wants something funny and a bit lighthearted to read.

Any ideas? I just want to kick start his habit again...... He's not into Harry Potter, he's done most of the Horrible Histories pre-kindle. He likes history, wildlife, Romans, Greeks etc

Help....Thanks

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