DS1 (6) is a complete book worm and will basically pick up anything and read it but has become a bit fixated on Beast Quest. It doesn't help that he free reads at school and they allow him to chose whatever reading book he wants from the library (and there are 60ish of the blooming things to get through!). As a result I have been trying to find something completely different for the story that is read to him at bedtime and have bought the MM boxset from bookpeople. I know that some of the books in the set will be too old for him and my intention was to read them before they are read to him to see what I think but I'm not sure I have enough hours in the day!
Is anyone able to give a view on this list. he is quite grown up for his age and has great vocabulary and his comprehension is good but he is also inclined to be a bit of a sensitive soul. We have started the Butterfly Lion and he is really enjoying it so far!
Cool Adolphus Tips Toro Toro King of the Cloud Forests Dear Olly Escape from Shangri la Why the Whales came Private Peaceful Born to Run Kensuke's kingdom Long way home wreck of zanzibar Mr Nobodys Eyes kaspur prince of cats war Horse
Farm Boy isnt on the list, i think that would be great if you havent read it already!! My ds has learning difficulties, his reading age is about ten now (he's fourteen) He is obsessed with MP at the mo!! I have just bought him Kaspur and Not Bad for a Bad Lad for his birthday!!
Mrsr.....The lovely headmaster at the school where i work offered to lend ds a signed copy (the only signed one out of six) of MM's latest.. i spluttered loudly and said that an ordinary copy was fine!!
If your son is quite sensitive bear in mind that even the most cheerful of Morpurgo books will probably have him sobbing. Butterfly Lion is terribly sad at the end (DS2 read it at about your son's age and was very upset). Cool - narrator is boy in a coma who thinks his dog has been killed Toro Toro - narrator's entire family killed in Spanish Civil War Wreck of Zanzibar - DS says it's one of the least sad though of course there is a shipwreck Adolphus Tips - wartime Dear Olly - sick children in African orphanage Born to run - mistreatment of dog Escape from Shangri-La - wartime, amnesia, stroke witnessed by child Long Way Home - unhappy boy being fostered Kensuke's Kingdom - boy falls overboard and stranded on island The Sleeping Sword which you haven't mentioned is narrated by a boy blinded in an accident.
Of course most of the books feature redemption, reconciliation, heartwarming recoveries but to be honest they're all a bit .... upsetting.
DS (now 9) starts every book eager to find out in what way it will be sad.
i cant wait to read morpurgo to my son but at not quite six i dont think hes ready! hes not HUGELY sensitive but i really think morpurgos books are very upsetting and have a level of maturity hes not ready for.. am i wrong ?