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Book Suggestions Please - 6yr old DS

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wandymum Fri 16-Jan-15 12:42:21

Help I'm running out of ideas for reading obsessed DS who is 6.

He's read all the younger Enid Blytons, Roald Dahl, David Walliams, Mr Gum, Wimpy Kid, non-terrifying Harry Potters, Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl, Cressida Cowell, the Ottoline books... We tried C.S.Lewis but he said they were too frightening and are giving Famous Five ago but they aren't really grabbing him.

Any suggestions for what to try next please?

Pancakeflipper Fri 16-Jan-15 12:52:55

There's the Jeremy James books by D. Wilson ( I think). They won't stretch him but the content is age apt which is always a problem for advanced readers. And it is always lovely to just have an enjoyable read. My son finds them hilarious.

Does he like Superheros? There are some comic books that are suitable for children with Spiderman/Superman etc. Look like the 'normal' ones but less grown up in content.

Not sure if Tom Gates is age apt but DS1 adores them.

The Michael Rosen poems are well read by my children.

I hate to say it but the Captain Underpants are adored by DS2 - he can read one in a couple of hours but he does go back to re-reading them a lot.

DS2 is a big non-fiction fan and the National Geographic have tied in with Angry Birds for a range of books and some are good (some not so).

tenderbuttons Fri 16-Jan-15 14:18:08

Jeremy Strong. Not challenging, but he will laugh like a drain.
Also, the Roman Mysteries, by Caroline Laurence.

And: Joan Aiken, the Atticus Claw books, E Nesbit, Wombles, Moomintrolls.
What about Horrible Histories and Science too?

DD also recently read some books about the Norse Gods let loose on the modern world, which she loved, and a series about a radioactive sandwich which enables time travel. I will try and find out what those were. You could also look at Rosemary Sutcliffe, but she might be a bit scary still.

tenderbuttons Fri 16-Jan-15 14:18:30

And Diana Wynne Jones.

exexpat Fri 16-Jan-15 14:27:00

DS was Harry Potter obsessed at that age, and when he'd read all the ones that had been published then he moved on to Eva Ibbotson - The Secret of Platform 13, Which Witch?, Monster Mission etc which appeal to similar tastes. Some of her books are more aimed at older girls, so check the blurbs, but there are at least half a dozen which might be good for him.

There are also some Anthony Horowitz ones which might work - I think DS didn't read the Alex Rider ones until he was 7 or 8, but the Diamond Brothers mysteries and a few others (Granny, Groosham Grange etc) were just right.

DD at that age also loved the Jack Stalwart series (easy reading but fun) as well as a lot of Dick King-Smith and the younger Michael Morpurgo ones.

Mehitabel6 Fri 16-Jan-15 14:28:59

Much the best thing is to get him a library ticket, if he hasn't already got one, and let him discover them for himself.

teeththief Fri 16-Jan-15 15:40:59

My DD enjoyed Charlie Bones at that age. She said they're like Harry Potter but less scary

BlackeyedSusan Fri 16-Jan-15 17:46:25

non fiction books? dd reads a lot of non fiction.

justanotherquestion Fri 16-Jan-15 20:26:48

My DS, also reading obsessed, moved from Cressida Cowell to Lemony Snicket, although he was older than 6.

sunnyfrostyday Fri 16-Jan-15 21:27:39

Jeremy Strong, the Diamond Brothers, Michael Lawrence is also very very funny.

DS started on the Horrible Histories at that age and loved them. Still does.

Strictlyison Fri 16-Jan-15 21:47:15

Yes to non fiction. We love books such as 1000 fantastic facts, 100 great scientists, 100 deadliest animals, any fact books about nature, insects etc. DS loves cars so we have this fantastic book with loads of car facts.

We are reading the Lemony Snicket books now and it's a big success. He also likes the Baker Street Irregulars.

Groovester Fri 16-Jan-15 21:50:16

We have read a lot of what you've done with our DS (5).
Currently working our way through Dirty Bertie books.
Horrid Henry?

LocalEditorWandsworth Tue 20-Jan-15 15:57:05

Thanks all, he has stacks of non-fiction already.

I got him the Tom Gates book yesterday and it had him in actual tears of laughter!

var123 Wed 21-Jan-15 13:14:14

Horrid henry, asterix or tintin? He's quite young, even for Diary of a Wimpy Kid or Artemis Fowl. (I mean he may be able to read them and understand them but they are about slightly more grown up things.) Is he very mature?

take3 Fri 23-Jan-15 14:50:45

Our son, just turned 6 is a very able reader. He finished all the ORT scheme books in nursery and read The Hobbit in reception. Some of the books he has loved recently are... Encyclopaedia Brown - boy detective books, whole series. Also loves the Magic Treehouse books by Mary Pope Obsorne, though they are easy (great content) - they are selling them on The Book People at the moment. He loves reading the books on composers by Opal Wheeler - great stories of famous composers. My Father's Dragon is a great book, as is Snow Treasure, Twenty and Ten... HOpe that helps.

var123 Wed 28-Jan-15 12:28:53

I forgot about the big favourite among year 2/3/4 boys: Beast Quest! Buy one and if he likes it, buy the boxset otherwise they cost a fortune.

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