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Inspire me- books for a 6.5 year old boy good reader

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freetrait Sat 06-Apr-13 21:48:37

Just looking for insipiration really. He's enjoying Astrosaurs as the moment. Any other ideas?

freetrait Wed 17-Apr-13 22:01:38

Stone Goblins was a hit, smile so thanks for that! It's a bit disgusting though isn't it (perhaps I am a bit prudish). Read the first bit to DS and DD at bedtime and they were both laughing uproarously. DS grabbed it to continue reading to himself straight away. I expressed my concern to DS that it was a bit yukky and he said something like "maybe for you Mummy but for me it is great!"

wearymum200 Tue 09-Apr-13 19:03:41

If he likes mthical things, Superpowers, by Alex Cliffe I think (about boys who have to do Hercules' labours) were a hit with my ds. Tom Trueheart stories.
yy to How to train your dragon, also Jack Stalwart, Wild Rescue. Roddy Doyle's series starting with the Giggler treatment is hilarious.

freetrait Mon 08-Apr-13 22:16:55

Oooo! They look good (Greek Beasts..) Would definitely suit DS, thanks! Just wondering whether to go for the whole series or just pick one, perhaps one to start...

lostintoys Mon 08-Apr-13 22:04:47

The Greek Beasts and Heroes series by Lucy Coats has been a huge hit here with DS (6.5). Also, he adores David Melling's Goblin books (Stone Goblins, Shadow Goblins, Ghost Goblins, etc).

MyFace Mon 08-Apr-13 21:38:43

The Far Flung Adventure series by Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart is very very good.

freetrait Mon 08-Apr-13 21:38:36

Thanks again all! Some fab suggestions. Love this site for that flowers.

Ah yes, the dictionary smile. DS and DH are nerdy together with that. They were playing a wonderful, nerdy game where you have to read out the meaning and guess the word (this is a kids' dictionary). DS was delighted when he got DH stumped.

MyFace Mon 08-Apr-13 21:31:01 Have a look at this website, loads of suggestions by age, I have used it to discover books in the past and found it very helpful.

StoickTheVast Mon 08-Apr-13 21:27:57

How to Train Your Dragon books - we have just read the last one and are eagerly awaiting the next in September.

jojane Mon 08-Apr-13 21:23:26

My son is a bit of a nerd, he even reads a dictionary sometimes!!!

superbagpuss Mon 08-Apr-13 20:46:58

I have for my sons when they are ready - the narnia books, the treasure seekers and woodbegoods by e nesbit and I am David. the stories are old (100 years on the case of e nesbit) But I think good books for boys. maybe the borrowers? I was reading that by six.

freetrait Mon 08-Apr-13 20:37:46

Slight over use of grin. Apologies!

freetrait Mon 08-Apr-13 20:36:59

Condensed Dickens. Now we're talking grin. Seriously though, thanks, it's the slightly quirky things that I'm looking for I think! DS here sounds similar to your DS jojane with the non-fiction stuff although not sure his reading age is 14...pretty high though. I have to stop him reading the National paper grin (some things I'd rather not have to explain just yet!).

The Cows in Action are MAD. Perhaps I am too conservative, but I found them completely zany, whereas Astrosaurs are pretty down to earth. A friend gave DS a Cows in Action book and we read it to him. One was enough- he can read the rest to himself should he feel the urge grin. It's that that got him onto Astrosaurs, which we often share, he reads a chapter, we read a chapter etc.

jojane Sun 07-Apr-13 22:45:44

I remember as a child having a set of condensed dickens books for children, sorry were scaled down and simplified, not sure if things like that are still around but I loved them.
Ds has lots of answer and question books he reads so much they are starting to fall apart, dinosaur encyclopaedias etc.
I think he likes them as he can dip in and out of them rather than a novel which needs to be read over a period of time.

SeagullsAreLikeThat Sun 07-Apr-13 20:39:09

Glad to be of help! smile

marriedinwhiteagain Sun 07-Apr-13 20:21:56

Spiderwick Chronicles - our DS loved them.
As above Michael Morpurgo
Some Dick King Smith

freetrait Sun 07-Apr-13 20:18:54

Yep, Astrosaurs is go at the moment. This follows Horrid Henry (that lasted about a year grin. Will look up Spy Dog, thanks.

lljkk Sun 07-Apr-13 20:14:32

Don't forget comics, they are very engaging & anything that keeps loves of reading alive is good by me. Asterix, Calvin & Hobbes, TinTin esp.

Sunnymeg Sun 07-Apr-13 20:14:01

Sorry didn't mean Astrosaurs, I meant the cow series by the same author!

Sunnymeg Sun 07-Apr-13 20:11:50

The Spy Dogs series are good and the stories are age appropriate. Also Astrosaurs and Dinosaur Cove are worth looking at. I loved Enid Blyton when I was a girl, but when I bought her books for DS, I found that they now seem old fashioned.

freetrait Sun 07-Apr-13 20:11:21

Just had a look seagulls (Will Solvit) and it looks just the sort of thing that DS would love. smile Thanks! Probably about the limit re length but we can share it if necessary (we read a chapter/he reads etc). Have put one in the good old amazon basket.

lljkk Sun 07-Apr-13 20:09:59

Michael Morpugo, Muddypuddle farm series or something like that.
Horrid Henry (perrenial fave).
All those "My cute little hamster is really a clever space alien" books.
Jeremy Strong.
Jacqueline Wilson books for under 7s.
Dick King Smith, Anne Fine, The Magic Tree series.

SeagullsAreLikeThat Sun 07-Apr-13 20:03:38

"They" being the Will Solvit ones. Gosh, I need to stop and go to bed I think.

LunaticFringe Sun 07-Apr-13 20:03:00

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SeagullsAreLikeThat Sun 07-Apr-13 20:01:29

Apologies, freetrait, I was posting more from the pov of reading aloud rather than books your DS could read himself <must concentrate and remember whole point of OP in future>, they might be too long but still worth a shot.

freetrait Sun 07-Apr-13 20:00:32

Ah, The Enormous Crocodile is a favourite in our house, for both kids (4 and 6). But that's me reading to them rather than them reading. We have it on audio CD in the car too. They both like the younger RD ones like The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me and Fantastic Mr Fox and DS loved Esio Trot.

So Roald Dahl is not a complete no go. BUT this is all me reading, or listening to the CD (Stephen Fry does a great Enormous Crocodile and Hugh Laurie reads The Giraffe, The Pelly and Me). Somehow when DS had a go at reading James and the Giant Peach or George's Marvellous Medicine himself he didn't take to them (James was too scary, not sure about George)...

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