If your child likes the Wimpy Kid books, then they'll love...


Reluctant readers and budding bookworms alike can get caught up in a series like Jeff Kinney's much-loved Diary of a Wimpy Kid. If your child's already whizzed through the tales of Greg and his friends, these other book collections should be next on their list.

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How To Train Your Dragon - Cressida Cowell

Mumsnetters say: "Cressida Cowell is great - an author who writes for a younger audience, but deliberately uses sophisticated language."



Skulduggery Pleasant - Derek Landy

Mumsnetters say:"Eureka! My son (aged 11) seems to have finally got the reading bug, thanks to Derek Landy!"



Ottoline - Chris Riddell

Princess Smartypants

Mumsnetters say: "They are so beautifully illustrated and the font size is big enough for a child to read on their own. Ditto the Goth Girl books - all by Chris Riddell."




The Brilliant World of Tom Gates  - Liz Pichon

Mumsnetters say: "My daughter has visual stress and that makes her very reluctant to read - the Tom Gates series are the only books she's really read."




Uncle - JP Martin

Mumsnetters say: "It's the strangest and funniest book I've ever read, and my son absolutely adored it... The rest of the series has just been republished."





Mr Gum - Andy Stanton

Mumsnetters say: "Go forth and buy this series now. It is wonderful. Recommended for young children with a giddy sense of humour, and adult League of Gentlemen fans!"




Artemis Fowl - Eoin Colfer

Mumsnetters say: "Funny, well plotted, they promote intelligence as a good thing - I love them. They have all sorts of little codes built into the margins to be translated as well. "



The Diamond Brothers - Anthony Horowitz

Mumsnetters say: "Hilarious, and a nice change if your child likes mystery books."




Big Nate - Lincoln Peirce

Mumsnetters say: "A series of eight books set in a similar, diary-style format. They've got an endorsement from Jeff Kinney!"





A Series of Unfortunate Events - Lemony Snicket

Mumsnetters say: "My sons loved me reading these to them. There are 13 titles in the series, which is good news if you need a good run of books!"





The Donut Diaries - Anthony McGowan

Mumsnetters say: "Hilarious, poo-obsessed series. Targeted at 11- to 12-year-olds, but fine for younger kids too."





Wayside School - Louis Sachar

Mumsnetters say: "Good, easy to read and fun - from the author of Holes. My sons loved them."


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