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Looking for a New Chapter Book to read to 6yo DS

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BaconAndAvocado Tue 29-Jan-13 22:44:18

Have read all the (suitable) Roald Dahls, Enchanted Wood and Faraway Tree.

Not interested in Horrid Henry, Mr MAjeika or Flat Stanley.

Like the idea of a more classic read but this usually means the language is inaccessible.

Any ideas?

QueenofLouisiana Sat 18-May-13 19:51:20

The world according to Humphrey went down well with DS, he also loves Cressida Cowell's dragon books.

diyman Fri 17-May-13 17:32:15

Can I recommend 'The Barmies' ? My son loved it though he was seven when he got it. It's very much along the Roald Dahl/David Walliams lines with hilarious drawings, a funny, pacy story and great characters. Accessible language without talking down to the reader. The Phantom Tollbooth is another one you could try if they have a curious mind and there are lovely illustrations by Jules Ffeiffer. Then again, there's always Tintin!

freetrait Wed 15-May-13 22:45:51

I am back on my huge book of Classic Children's Stories (The Works, nice and cheap grin) for DS at the moment, having had my fill of boy books. Last night I read him David and the Giant. Not a chapter book, but some great stories with rich language.

BaconAndAvocado Wed 15-May-13 19:41:57

Thanks periwinkle, I may start a new thread about Oliver Moon!

Periwinkle007 Wed 15-May-13 12:27:06

we haven't read Oliver Moon - I saw the same set. I have seen lots of people on here say their children have enjoyed them. My daughter doesn't like reading about boys at the moment though so we will have to stick to Winnie the Witch!

BaconAndAvocado Wed 15-May-13 11:51:31

Just reuniting with this thread!

We did try The Borrowers but it proved a bit antiquated for my DS's liking.

Started on Cows in Action a couple of nights ago, though he does seem to be enjoying his non-fiction at the moment. Darn it! I love reading a good chapter book!

Just seen a series of books in the Book People called Oliver Moon, seems like a younger version of Harry Potter?

Even thought DS might like to have a go at reading one independently as the language doesn't seem to tricky.

Anyone read any Oliver Moon?

MMollyMum2 Sat 27-Apr-13 12:17:09

little house on the prarie (first few) always loved them, always will. (only first threee avalible in UK, others you have to get online)

LittleMissLucy Sun 21-Apr-13 06:55:54

There is a series of chapter books about the 9 yr old boy character Jack Stalwart all by Elizabeth Singer Hunt - they have at least 13 books and each one is a separate adventure to various places around the world (all historically and geographically accurate).

stealthsquiggle Mon 15-Apr-13 22:48:16

Dick King-Smith or Michael Morpurgo. At that age, my DS preferred stories about animals to those about people.

DD is 6 and we are reading Winning the Pooh (about to move on to The House at Pooh Corner), but she wants to start on How to Train your Dragon next (DS has the whole series).

DS is 10 and chose Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, which I have loved having an excuse to re-read.

Thewhingingdefective Mon 15-Apr-13 22:43:33

Bacon - my DTs are boy/girl and share a room so I do one chapter book that they both listen to whether it is aimed at girls or boys. They both enjoyed Worst Witch and are enjoying Clarice Bean now.

Thewhingingdefective Mon 15-Apr-13 22:38:54

Have recently read to my just turned 7yo DTs:

Monkey Pirates
Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf
Abridged version of Treasure Island
Daisy (and the trouble with...)
Mr Gum
Billy Bonkers

PeasandCucumbers Sat 13-Apr-13 07:52:22

I've just finished reading Stig of the Dump to DS & DD. I remember reading it as a child but couldn't remember the story, they both really enjoyed it

Leeds2 Thu 11-Apr-13 21:58:37

Cows In Action, or Astrosaurs, series by Steve Cole.

Paddington, or Olga Da Polga, by Michael Bond.

mum2jakie Thu 11-Apr-13 16:00:38

The Wizard of Oz is incredibly simply written, a true classic and much enjoyed by my middle son. Read it to him at four when I thought it would be far too difficult for him to understand but it certainly wasn't and we regularly re-read it. (He's six in July.)

lostintoys Mon 08-Apr-13 22:18:20

Charlotte's Web and Five Children and It both went down extremely well with DS (6), as did all the Pippi Longstocking books.

Periwinkle007 Sun 07-Apr-13 08:36:09

Just William might appeal and no there is no reason why he can't read The Worst Witch.

steppemum Thu 31-Jan-13 21:12:38

Narnia is lovely, but I found the Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, mcuh more accesible than the rest of the series, so we left the rest til later.

There is an nice series called Animal Ark, all about a vet's family. My ds loves them. (there is a companion series called Little/junior animal ark, for younger ones)

Borrowers is ace, very readable.

Catmint Thu 31-Jan-13 21:11:58

We just read The Grunts to dd (6) which was hilarious for all. It was a present, I'd never heard of it before but it made us all laugh alot.

We're on How to Train Your Dragon again now.

Have previously read her The Hobbit (lots of explaining to do but she loved it).

I'm very excited about Ruby Redfort, but DD not old enough yet (I am enjoying it v much)

Worst Witch is a big favourite.

jamaisjedors Thu 31-Jan-13 21:06:06

Yes no need to gender specify I don't think. AT 5, my DS2's favourites were "my naughty little sister" and "little princess" books.

Both DS enjoyed the worst witch and heidi on CD (long car journeys).

BaconAndAvocado Thu 31-Jan-13 19:44:32

Ooh, Narnia! I forgot about that one!

WantToFindWorkLifeBalance Wed 30-Jan-13 23:10:50

My 6yo has loved the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Plan is Faraway Tree next!

MuddlingMackem Wed 30-Jan-13 23:07:38

Most of the suggestions should be fine for both your DS and DD, unless it's actually your DD who gravitates towards princessy and the other stuff and you just follow her lead. grin

WorkingtoohardMama Wed 30-Jan-13 21:23:30

Woof by Allen ahlberg, ds loved this, it's very gentle compared to Ronald Dahl though, he also loved mr pink whistle

BaconAndAvocado Wed 30-Jan-13 21:17:01

Mr Gum does look fun! Can't seem to work out which is first in series?

SydneyB Wed 30-Jan-13 20:37:29

Mr Gum, Mr Gum, Mr Gum!!

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