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What next after the worst witch?

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DesperatelySeeking2016 Tue 14-Jun-16 22:32:37

Dd is a good reader but school books have always been a challenge to get her to read. She is coming to the end of year one and was given permission from her teacher to read the worst witch rather than a school book. It has been a revelation, she has devoured them!! Unfortunately she is coming to the end of the last book and i don't know what to suggest she reads next. Any ideas? The worst witch has been great as there are still pictures and the font is reasonably large.

EffieIsATrinket Tue 14-Jun-16 22:36:51

Sophie series by Dick King Smith
Zoe's Zoo series
No 1 Car Spotter books

EffieIsATrinket Tue 14-Jun-16 22:47:21

Nancy Clancy books are good too

Scribblegirl Tue 14-Jun-16 22:50:09

Could you maybe get her into some other school-based stuff? Sorry, I don't have any suggestions but I remember loving that stuff when I was younger smile

petitdonkey Tue 14-Jun-16 22:51:38

The 'Claude' books are great and have pictures too.
Horrid Henry if you can bear it!

Frontstep Tue 14-Jun-16 23:10:52

The Naughtiest Girl in the School (Enid Blyton but a good'un and quite absorbing - and there are lots of them if she gets hooked. Leading into Malory Towers etc when she's a bit older.
Stig of the Dump (Clive King)
Fantastic Mr Fox, The Twits and other shorter Dahl books
The Fox Busters, Harry's Mad and others by Dick King Smith
Maybe Heidi - my DD loved that book at about that age, though I think it was mainly read to her than by her.

EffieIsATrinket Tue 14-Jun-16 23:34:46

Amelia Jane by Enid Blyton would also meet your requirements

DesperatelySeeking2016 Wed 15-Jun-16 06:38:23

She has read Amelia Jane, the naughtiest girl and the Claude books but we have the first Sophie book and she hasn't read that so might suggest it.

She has read Charlie and the chocolate factory and Matilda so might suggest the other Roald Dahl books- the font is small in our copies but I'm sure she will be fine. I've not heard of Nancy Clancy so will check that out.

I guess what I am looking for is the book that will keep that urge to read going. Claude/Amelia Jane/etc were all books she would put down and leave for a few days where as with the worst witch I have to go and tell her to stop reading else she won't go to sleep. I'm so happy she has discovered the joy of reading and I want to sustain it smile

Leeds2 Wed 15-Jun-16 19:25:47

Judy Moody, Cosmo the Cat and Sophie and the Shadow Woods series.

The girls in years 1 and 2, at the school where I volunteer all seem to love the Battersea Dogs and Cats series of books (written, I think, by Sarah Hawkins; each book is the name of a dog or cat such as Snowy or Coco), and a RSPCA series. Also Magic Molly series by Holly Webb.

There are also the Daisy books by Kes Gray if your DD hasn't tried those yet.

Ouch44 Thu 16-Jun-16 07:05:25

My DD is loving the Treehouse series books also devoured new David Walliams book Worlds Worst Children in a couple of sittings. Brilliant drawings in both of those

Scribblegirl Thu 16-Jun-16 09:55:31

Possibly The Queen's Nose?

DesperatelySeeking2016 Thu 16-Jun-16 15:28:10

We have the world's worst children so will suggest that, she finished the last worst witch last night! I loved the queen's nose so will look out for that and will look up the other suggestions. Thank you so much smile

hels71 Thu 16-Jun-16 18:13:28

My DD, who also loved the Worst Witch, also really enjoyed Mr Majeiaka.

ImSoVeryTired Thu 16-Jun-16 21:09:45

There was a series when I was at school about Tim and Tobias! One was a black cat and the other a little boy. They ranged from simple to read with more pictures to more complicated stories etc. My siblings and I loved them.
How about Noel Stretfield books. White Boots, Ballet Shoes and The Painted Garden. Might be a bit old for her but might be worth a go. She writes beautiful. I still re read these every now and then, for a bit of nostalgia.
A little Princess is brilliant and far better than The Secret Garden in my opinion.
Oh just remembered another fantasy type one called Starchild and Witchfire (iirc), my sister loved it. No idea who wrote it.
How about (again on a magical theme) The Five Children and It.
Some of these might be a bit old for her but if she can read Roald Dahl, it won't be long before she can read these easily. Hope this helps. smile

OhIfIMust Thu 16-Jun-16 21:15:05

Any of the demon headmaster series

NerrSnerr Thu 16-Jun-16 21:20:16

The Ramona books?

BlueChampagne Fri 17-Jun-16 12:46:02

Second Sophie and the Shadow Woods
Ottoline books?

BoatyMcBoat Fri 17-Jun-16 13:29:43

The Lady Grace adventures (Grace Cavendish) - may be a tiny bit too much so check in a shop before you buy (but she'll love them a bit later anyway).

Or you could try the Roman Mysteries (Caroline Lawrence) which are a bit simpler.

DoorbellsSleighbellsSchnitzel Fri 17-Jun-16 13:32:10

The Ottoline series of books by Chris Riddell?

WhirlwindHugs Fri 17-Jun-16 13:33:10

Dixie'o'Day series has gone down really well here - but possibly slightly easier than worst witch.

Avebury Fri 17-Jun-16 14:16:03

Ramona Quimby, Ursula Bear by Sheila Lavelle, Horrid Henry, Tom Gates

CharminglyGawky Fri 17-Jun-16 14:45:58


I loved that book and I think it is a series although I only read one of them.

chaplin1409 Sat 18-Jun-16 11:23:19

My daughter enjoyed Zoe Rescue zoo books, and any book by Holly Webb. You could look at this with your daughter for ideas

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