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freetrait Mon 26-Aug-13 20:45:55

Help, DS (nearly 7) looked at his book shelves and announced that he'd read most of the books and it takes him ages to find something he hasn't read/wants to read again. I think it is time to get some new stuff in, am happy to spend some money on books, and haven't for a while, quite a while..!

Can people suggest some series he might like. He's read Horrid Henry and Astrosaurs and a lot of Jeremy Strong. Has tried some Roald Dahl and not really into that as yet. Has read Mr Majeika and Oliver Moon, Worst Witch- not all of these, but I am looking for new ideas really. He is also really into Horrible Histories and Horrid Science which we have, so it's fiction I'm really interested in.

I thought of Mr Gum, but any other suggestions? His reading is very good for his age, probably 2-3 years ahead, but his maturity and stamina for longer books is more limited, so don't want to jump into too much stuff for older kids. We go to the library and tend to get out a variety of things, but would like to settle on something to buy for home.

Thank you!

Periwinkle007 Mon 26-Aug-13 21:25:40

Dick King-Smith? They are normally quite funny, not too long but relatively complex language can crop up so not babyish. I loved them up until I was 11.

Not really sure otherwise - much more used to fairies in this house than boy books.

LauraChant Mon 26-Aug-13 21:34:25

Famous Five?
The Willard Price books about the boys travelling the
My DS likes the Bobby Brewster books, although they are out of print now I think, he has my old ones.

nicky2512 Mon 26-Aug-13 21:34:52

Ds (7.5) loves Famous Five, Secret Seven, Wombles, Paddington Bear (the paperbacks are hilarious), some of the Michael Morpurgo books are suitable. He loves Roald Dahl and enjoyed the first Harry Potter. Didn't go any further though, I think they get too scary after that one (for me). He is reading Just William at the minute.

rootypig Mon 26-Aug-13 21:35:39

Hey OP, any of this appeal? I was going to suggest Flat Stanley and Ferguson Crane. Also Artemis Fowl.

rootypig Mon 26-Aug-13 21:36:24

Fergus Crane, grr autocorrect!

joanofarchitrave Mon 26-Aug-13 21:37:13


RhinestoneCowgirl Mon 26-Aug-13 21:38:31

DS is just turned 7.

He is very into Harry Potter at the moment, but I've only let him have up to book 3. I would also second Dick King Smith, 'Queen's Nose' is good, and lots of 'animal' stories.

Also hate to say it, but Captain Underpants series is very popular here. Ditto Dirty Bertie.

freetrait Mon 26-Aug-13 21:48:06

Wow, thanks rootypig! Brilliant, just what I need, you have done the research for me smile. I will read through your list and go for some of those. Interesting that it's quite common to get stuck for this age group.

Thanks other posters. DS is quite a scaredy-cat, so I am avoiding things like Harry Potter for now. Famous Five I thought of trying but wanted to catch him at the right age and think possibly it might be better in a year's time.

Takver Mon 26-Aug-13 22:05:08

Has he read Cows in Action by the same author as Astrosaurs? DD really liked them at that age.

Takver Mon 26-Aug-13 22:06:22

I'd also second Captain Underpants. I thought they were very funny even as a grown up blush - fun books to share with the comic style bits

freetrait Mon 26-Aug-13 22:20:55

He's read some Captain Underpants, would probably like some more! Cows in Action we've got one that I read to him about a year ago, but he'd probably like to read those himself now too, thanks!

DeWe Tue 27-Aug-13 10:57:23

Ds (age 6) likes Beast Quest, Mammoth academy, Little house book (esp Farmer boy), Willard Price (as suggested up thread) and Horrible History/Geography or any fact books about WWII/planes.
He read one called The Castle in the Attic a couple of months ago and loved it.

rootypig Tue 27-Aug-13 10:59:59

No probs, boys and reading is often difficult. Sounds like he's really interested though, which is great. Hope he likes his new books!

SecretSpi Tue 27-Aug-13 19:09:56

John Dougherty's "Zeus" series are hilarious for 7+. They are about a boy who conjures up a Greek god and the chaos that ensues. My son loved them.

babybythesea Wed 28-Aug-13 16:51:19

Also by Enid Blyton, a book called The Boy Next Door.
Stand-alone adventure story - excellent stuff!

babybythesea Wed 28-Aug-13 16:52:31

Oh, and a series (also by Blyton) called "The Mystery of....". It starts with The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage. A bunch of children who solve mysteries but less grown-up than the Famous Five.

BlueChampagne Thu 29-Aug-13 13:14:49

How about Just William?

Leeds2 Fri 30-Aug-13 14:56:44

Spy Dogs and Spy Pups series by Andrew Cope.

Periwinkle007 Fri 30-Aug-13 21:14:13

someone has mentioned the Enid Blyton Mystery series - there is also the Adventure series which I always preferred so might be worth looking at.

Forgot the original Paddington books 'til I saw them mentioned here - they are great.

Suzie70 Fri 13-Sep-13 14:13:07

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