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Desperately Seeking decent books for 7yo boy

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crazy88 · 02/12/2013 20:26

Ds1 is nearly 7, is a very capable reader but is not that keen on reading alone. I need to find him some decent, accessible, imaginative chapter books that are not too long, preferably about ordinary kids having 'adventures'. He has read the first 4 books in the "magic tree house" series and really enjoyed them but has stalled now so needs some variety.

My local library consists of about 3 shelves of Rainbow Fairies books Angry, a few (to me) soppy-looking books about animals, and an assortment of negative and patronising books clearly aimed at boys e.g. Horrid Henry, Dirty Bertie, Captain Underpants etc. Hmm

We have tried Beast Quest/Dinosaur Cove but ds1 finds the unusual names of dinosaurs and beasts etc confusing.

Oh, and I tried Waterstones and WH Smith and it was basically the same things. Also had a look on Amazon but unless you know what you are looking for it is pretty time consuming.

Find it very frustrating actually. I was into Secret Seven at his age but had hoped to find something more up to date (I.e. with less dodgy "circus-folk" etc).... To coin a phrase, am I being unreasonable?? Any recommendations??

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LauraChant · 02/12/2013 20:31

I think there are modern non Enid Blyton penned Famous Five stories about their kids or something that presumably have fewer circus folk/ gypsies/ evil foreigners. I haven't read them though.

Swallows and Amazons, or is that too old, again haven't read for many years so can't remember the level.

staverton · 02/12/2013 20:35

The fabulous soccer boy series (book people)
How to train your dragon
Mr gum
Shorter roald Dahl eg the twits
Diary of a wimpy kid
The worst witch

wearymum200 · 02/12/2013 20:37

Swallows and amazons much loved by my 7 yo ds, but much harder than magic tree house. What about Wild rescue (series, there are q a few of them), Helen Moss Adventure Island (like an up to date famous five), some non fiction eg Usborne young reading collection; actually there are simplified classics egTreasure island in the same Usborne collection which were popular with my ds at about the same stage.

Spoo · 02/12/2013 20:52

What about David Williams. My boys loved him. Very funny but also poignant.

staverton · 02/12/2013 20:58

YY to non fiction. Eg usborne encyclopedia

rubyslippers · 02/12/2013 21:00

Roald Dahl / my DS who is 7 years is loving them

He also likes factual books about cars, encyclopedias and space

nicky2512 · 02/12/2013 21:03

DS (almost 8) loves A boy and a bear in a boat, The lighthouse keeper, lots of Michael Morpurgo stuff, Paddington bear paperbacks!, Just William and Famous Five. Definitely think if you are looking for modern books, girls are easier. When DS reads too many older books he starts to talk like the characters!

Periwinkle007 · 02/12/2013 22:15

Roald Dahl
Paddington chapter books - very amusing
Lighthouse keeper - you can get them as chapter books now
wishing chair?

sorry - I have girls so most of ours are a bit too twinkley and girly.

Sharptic · 02/12/2013 22:21

You're a bad man Mr Gum made me laugh out loud when I read it with my 6yr old ds (he found it quite funny too), there's others in the series too. Very childish humour though!

Another vote for Roald Dahl too.

sittinginthesun · 02/12/2013 22:30

jeremy strong

TummyMummy36 · 02/12/2013 23:30

Secret Seven books are much easier than Famous Five series. Dick King - Smith books are quite good as well. So are Flat Stanley books.

Effic · 02/12/2013 23:39

Michael morpurgo - elephant in the garden and butterfly lion and (best of all) kensuki's kingdom.
How to train your dragon series are fab
But if you want up dated version of 'kids on adventure' then the Jack Stalwart books will do the trick - perfect for boys of your child's age.

EmpressOfThe7WillowsandTaras · 02/12/2013 23:39

Alexander McCall Smith's children's books. And another vote for Jeremy Strong. I defy ANYONE to read My Dad's got an alligator without collapsing in fits of laughter.

schmalex · 03/12/2013 06:03

Yy to Mr Gum and Jeremy Strong's books.
The Beaver Towers series by Nigel Hinton?

shelbytortoise · 03/12/2013 06:13

Yes to mr Gum ....brilliant books, diary of a wimpy kid series, Roald Dahl are classics, David Walliams are v funny.

chimchar · 03/12/2013 06:29
crazy88 · 03/12/2013 08:53

Thanks to everyone for these. I knew there had to be some out there but for some reason they are being ignored by my library and all the bookshops I have been to. Makes me Angry

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Lisajo76 · 07/12/2013 07:01

Hi my boy is 8 and a VERY reluctant reader much to my book-loving frustration. I am disappointed with the quality of boys books and the language used. Horrid Henry is a particular hate with the constant use of words like stupid, idiot etc. Anyway! My son did read Diary of a Wimpy Kid and was keen to start the second. I think it helps that it's not page after page of text, it's broken up with pictures x

Lisajo76 · 07/12/2013 07:04

Also you should be able to request the books you want from your library. As far as I know they have to transfer any book from nearby libraries if they are requested. Might save you a fortune! Smile

getyourshoesonNOW · 09/12/2013 22:19

Ricky ricotta series (by the same author as Captain Underpants but aimed at younger kids)

Littlepinkseal · 10/12/2013 19:56

Billy Bonkers books by Giles Andrae
Prince Jake or Oliver Moon books by Sue Mongredian
Aunt Severe and the Dragons by Nick Garlick

lostintoys · 12/12/2013 21:59

My 7-year-old loves the Spy Dog series, and also Enid Blyton's Five Find-Outers series – they're a bit easier than the Famous Five books.

blackbird41 · 15/12/2013 21:37

As you are looking for books that are a little easier than dinosaur cove and beast quest, I would suggest the following:

Flat Stanley
Mr Majeika
Oliver moon
The owl who was afraid of the dark
Michael morphurgo mudpuddle farm (his easiest book with fun illustrations)

They are good first chapter books for boys.

If he can tackle these and you want something harder then try:
Astrosaurs
Jack stalwart
Beast quest/sea quest
Mr Gum

Then: other michael morpurgos, how to train you dragon.

Many of the book listed by readers above are significantly harder than the magic tree house series.
My son is just 8 and above is the list that he read!

howlingcow · 15/12/2013 21:44

Mr Gum is a must and enjoyable for parents too as they're so funny!! My girls listen to Kate Winslet reading them on audiobook-brilliant! They also love the Horrible Histories series of books!

pancakesfortea · 15/12/2013 21:49

The Tom Gates books have all the good features of the wimpy kid books but the lead character is much less brattish and annoying.

My boy also loves graphic novels (ie comics).

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