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startingallover Fri 08-Jan-16 22:12:35

Hi everyone. My ten year old is feeling nostalgic and left out because I don't read him a bedtime story : )). I have told him we will go to the book store in the morning and buy a book to read together. Just wondered if anyone had a book to recommend for us. He is very much into humour or history. I would like something quite easy reading. Any thoughts appreciated.

JoyceDivision Fri 08-Jan-16 22:16:56

Some of david walliams, but Idon't like all of them as they seem a bit... odd.. in parts

Mr Stink and Demon Dentist are good

JoyceDivision Fri 08-Jan-16 22:18:00

Roald Dahl reliable, the Twits is short but my fave

And Mr Gum is disgusting yet brilliant!

Would you both be prepared for a long term reading of harry potter?

Kbear Fri 08-Jan-16 22:19:35

War Horse
Private Peaceful

irvine101 Fri 08-Jan-16 22:23:16

I second JoyceDivision. I love reading Dahl and Mr Dum with my ds.(He reads to me, he hates to be read). We can't stop giggling.

Pancakeflipper Fri 08-Jan-16 22:29:21

Recently enjoyed Good Night Mister Tom (I say enjoyed.. I blubbed for most of it).

Also the Accidental Time Traveller - about a boy called Saul and Agatha.

Turbulent term of Tyke Tyler

Wind in the Willows

Machine Gunners

Ones we've enjoyed this year.

irvine101 Fri 08-Jan-16 22:32:26

Mr Gum, not Mr Dum!!!

steppemum Fri 08-Jan-16 22:39:02

Just William, if your/his vocab is good, and you can put on voices a bit.

David Walliams.

I think the Twits and Mr Gum are quite young for 10.

multivac Fri 08-Jan-16 22:41:56

Share Stig of the Dump with him, if he hasn't read it already...

HanSolo Fri 08-Jan-16 22:54:05

Anthony Horowitz's Falcon's Malteaser is funny.
Also The Legend of Spud Murphy by Eoin Colfer.
We love Stig of the Dump in this house smile
The Silver Sword by Ian Serrailler is set in second world war.
As is The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall.

WidowWadman Fri 08-Jan-16 22:59:15

Neil Gaiman, e.g. The Graveyard Book is wonderfully poetic and enjoyable and aimed at that age group. Some of the younger reader's Pratchett's, such as Wee Free Men, or even Pullman's Dark Materials could appeal.

Or, Michael Ende's Neverending Story or Momo.

PigeonPie Fri 08-Jan-16 23:03:49

DS1 has loved the Swallows and Amazons series

tribpot Fri 08-Jan-16 23:08:00

The History Keepers - a trilogy about a teenage boy who can travel through time. My 10 year old enjoyed this recently.

We're now reading Rick "Percy Jackson" Riordan's latest, which is set against a background of Norse mythology/Viking gods. Very good, also has fart jokes.

Magic Ink - Steve "Astrosaurs" Cole, stand alone book featuring a talking pig and Merlin the wizard. Very good.

Feenie Sat 09-Jan-16 18:33:15

There's s Boy in the Girls' Bathroom - Louis Sachar. I've read it to class after class of ten year olds who all loved it (as did my own 10 year old!). We're just about to start 'Gone' by Michael Grant, which is also very popular with Year 5.

Dragonglass Sat 09-Jan-16 20:07:30

My 10 year old enjoys Davis Walliams and the Skullduggery Pleasant books. Percy Jackson is also a good choice.

Ferguson Sat 09-Jan-16 20:09:03

I always suggest Arthur Ransome - Swallows and Amazons being the first of a dozen or so. The stories are quite exciting, with a good sense of 'place' and history; and you could learn to sail from them, too.

And Coot Club, set on the Norfolk Broads, can be read in conjunction with the Ordnance Survey 2-1/2inch map of the Broads, as every place mentioned in the book is real, and there on the map.

rosieappletree Sun 10-Jan-16 08:43:10

'Itch' by Simon Mayo is fabulous.
There are others in the series too:
'Itch Rocks' and 'Itch Craft'

Galena Sun 10-Jan-16 18:30:37

Redwall by Brian Jacques or Atticus Claw by Jennifer Gray. Also the Septimus Heap books (Magyck, Flyte, etc) by Angie Sage

Cressandra Mon 11-Jan-16 09:46:26

I'd second Goodnight Mr Tom. Horrible histories are the obvious suggestion for funny and history-based but you might not get that urge to find out what happens next that a novel gives you.

My DH is currently loving reading Northern Lights to our 9 year old. I would absolutely recommend it, but it might be a bit dark for your brief.

feetheart Mon 11-Jan-16 09:55:03

The 'How to Train Your Dragon' series is brilliant to read aloud and very funny in parts. COMPLETELY different from the films/TV series though may be a little 'young' for a 10 year old but still worth reading if you haven't yet smile

redskybynight Mon 11-Jan-16 10:10:20

The Phantom Tollbooth was a favourite of my DS at that sort of age.

mrsmortis Mon 11-Jan-16 16:05:39

How about The Dark is Rising books?

I second How to train your dragon.

Or there is a really cool Arthur C. Clarke book called Islands in the Sky about a boy who wins a competition and lives on a space station in earth orbit for 6 months which may be really interesting if your son is following Tim Peake's stay on the ISS.

I'd also suggest the Lucky Starr books by Isaac Asimov, but I think they are out of print. If you can get hold of a copy they are well worth it.

mrsmortis Mon 11-Jan-16 16:09:21

Oh and for history, there is a book called The Dolphin Crossing which is a novel about the evacuation of Dunkirk. Given the subject matter you might only want to read it if you are going to be able to discuss it too but it's worth the effort.

makemineasnowball Mon 11-Jan-16 16:10:26

Another vote for Goodnight Mr Tom.... Both me and DS are loving it

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