If DS likes reading Beast Quest, what else is he likely to enjoy?

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Velociraptor Fri 10-Jul-15 20:01:13

DS, age 7, has really got into reading this year, and really likes Beast Quest, but we are up to number 42 now, and I am not sure my sanity will stand reading too many more with him, as they are all the same story repeated over and over again! I could really do with some suggestions of other books he might like please?

MumOfTheMoment Fri 10-Jul-15 20:03:40

Sea Quest? grin

isthatmorelego Fri 10-Jul-15 20:05:35

Same here there is also sea quest D's is 9 and enjoys Harry Potter, secret seven, wimpy kid try the library ours do audio book on mp3 now D's will try things if the librarian suggests even if previously no to my suggestion smile

Velociraptor Fri 10-Jul-15 20:08:20

Let me guess, Sea Quest is Beast Quest but with water? hmm Library is a good idea, thanks, we used to go loads but have got out of the habit recently.

TheWoollybacksWife Fri 10-Jul-15 20:09:44

My 8yo DS likes these detective stories.

MumOfTheMoment Fri 10-Jul-15 20:09:52

Ds has just read a Jack Stalwart that he enjoyed. He tried Harry Potter but gave up after the first chapter, I think it was too hard going for him just yet.

mousmous Fri 10-Jul-15 20:11:44

famous five
the little ghost

Velociraptor Fri 10-Jul-15 20:12:51

We had the same problem with Harry Potter, there seemed to be an awful lot of descriptions of things and DS got bored very quickly. Will check out the other suggestions, thanks.

foxmitten Fri 10-Jul-15 20:13:43

DS loves Beast Quest (and Sea Quest). He also really enjoys the How To Train Your Dragon series, he says the books are even better than the film.

BathtimeFunkster Fri 10-Jul-15 20:21:19

When DD was into Beast Quest she also enjoyed the Rainbow Fairies books.

He might enjoy them if he is into reading about the same story over and over again. wink

Velociraptor Fri 10-Jul-15 20:24:09

I can't imagine Rainbow Fairies would appeal to him, unless there is fighting, and blood and guts on a regular basis? grin DH tried him with Shadow the Sheepdog, and he hated it as there is no fighting, and too many cute puppies.

MandMand Fri 10-Jul-15 20:33:50

How about the Choose Your Own Adventure Books such Warlock of Firetop Mountain, Citadel of Chaos, Deathtrap Dungeon etc, by Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. Lots of fighting, blood and guts!

My son at that age also liked the Mr Gum books, and the Lemony Snickets A Series of Unfortunate Events books.

SansaClegane Fri 10-Jul-15 20:38:36

I'm also going to suggest the 'How To Train Your Dragon' series! DS used to be really really into BeastQuest, but it got to the stage where he'd get through one in a couple of hours, so he started looking for something more substantial. He really loves the humour of the HTTYD books!
Also, Secret Seven /Famous Five. He likes the adventure aspect, and I like the nostalgia of it all as I loved to read them when I was little.
I'm not sure if I'd want to start him on Harry Potter yet as the later books are quite dark and grim? Or is that just me being wussy?
FWIW there is sort of a follow series to BeastQuest by the same writer collective author, called "The Chronicles of Avantia", but it seems to be just as formulaic pretty much the same as BQ only aimed at slightly older children.

prepperpig Fri 10-Jul-15 20:38:53

aagh, the dreaded beast quest. Every single book is the same.

Secret Agent Jack Stalwart
Oliver Moon
Dinosaur Cove
Astrosaurs
Cows in Action
How to Train your Dragon
Mr Gum

Try Charlie Bone for an easier Harry Potter type story. DS2 loves them at the moment.

RhinestoneCowgirl Fri 10-Jul-15 20:42:36

How to train your dragon is popular here too.

Also, although not at all similar to Beast Quest, I would suggest the Tom Gates series, lots of cartoony bits so easy to read, but pretty funny (if you're 6-8)

Sansarya Fri 10-Jul-15 20:49:45

I came to this thread to ask wtf Breast Quest was and why you were letting your son read it, but I see now that I misread!

As you were...

cornflakegirl Fri 10-Jul-15 20:50:49

Agree with
How to Train your Dragon
Mr Gum

I'd also recommend
Captain Underpants
Wild Boy (Rob Lloyd Jones)
Maisie Hitchins detective series

My rule with BQ was that DS could read them, but not to me, and I would never read them to him. He's 10 now, and reads widely - some of it I would even class as literature - but he still loves a sneaky BQ.

ReallyTired Fri 10-Jul-15 20:53:22

Astrosaurs, Cows in Action both series by Steve Cole

How to Train your Dragon is a big jump in reading difficulty from Beast Quest. My son loved them, but the vocabulary is challenging.

mrz Fri 10-Jul-15 21:34:39

I'm enjoying Anthony Horowitz the Diamond Brothers detective agency series at the moment ( the Falcons Malteeser �� public enemy number two �� the French Confection �� etc )

weebarra Fri 10-Jul-15 21:41:27

Sodding Beast Quest! We're in Edinburgh and DS1 was asking if I thought the Beast Quest author would be at the Book Festival. I reckon he/she would be lynched! Although, anything that gets him reading and all that.
Good suggestions on this thread - DS1 also likes the HTTYD books but they are still a bit hard for him.

cornflakegirl Sat 11-Jul-15 10:15:41

weebarra - the BQ books are written by a consortium of writers (I imagine no one could bear to write more than a couple!) - Adam Blade is their collective pen name.

There are brilliant audiobooks for both Mr Gum and HTTYD (David Tennant does amazing accents) - when DS was unsure of moving on to harder books, he gained confidence from having already listened to them.

MadameJulienBaptiste Sat 11-Jul-15 10:32:00

My sons are 9 and 10 and read billions of beast quest books....
moved on to
how to train your dragon
harry potter
and the Artemis Fowl series by iown (sp?) Colfer.... which were mine before I had babies so good for adults and kids.
youngest is reading only the last few chapters of the hobbit to find out what happens in the 3rd film which isn't on netflix yet grin
Older one gets a lot of practise in with his uncles old top gear magazines.

Galena Sat 11-Jul-15 10:45:32

Astrosaurs
Dinosaur Cove
Dinopants
Atticus Claw

AliMonkey Sat 11-Jul-15 10:48:31

Agree with lots of recommendations above plus DS aged 8 is currently really enjoying Time Hunters (Chris Blake) - only 12 of those I think so enough to get into it without too many to send you crazy!

Velociraptor Sat 11-Jul-15 20:23:41

Brilliant, loads of suggestions there to try out thanks. I am grateful to Beast Quest, as they have got him into reading for pleasure, but it would be so nice to find something a bit more varied!

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