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Books without baddies - for a v.sensitive 4/5 yr old!

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EmilyGilmore · 12/11/2014 18:07

My 4.5 yr old is going through a phase of being frightened of his own shadow and any story or film or even CBeebies programme is rejected if there's any hint of scariness about it.

Can anyone recommend done books I can get for bedtime that won't give him nightmares!? A lot of books for the post-toddler group seem to involve dragons, monsters, pirates etc all of which are out of favour atm. Also no references to death, orphans, sickness or unhappiness of any sort. Poor child is driving himself grey with anxiety!!

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Tykeisagirl · 12/11/2014 18:10

Mr Men/little Misses? I know they're not chapter books but my DD loved them at that age.

Leeds2 · 12/11/2014 18:11

Dr Seuss books? I don't think that they are scary!

Topsy and Tim.

Guess How Much I Love You.

Mr Men books.

PotteringAlong · 12/11/2014 18:18


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MargeryDaw · 12/11/2014 18:19

Apart from Mr Mischief - my very sensitive and anxious 3.5 year old was very distressed at how nasty he is

PotteringAlong · 12/11/2014 18:19
MargeryDaw · 12/11/2014 18:20

He's a big fan of the Topsy and Tim books, I second those. Also the Alfie books by Shirley Hughes - lovely stories

MonstersBalls · 12/11/2014 18:23

Milly Molly Mandy is very tame.

Or Alfie stories by Shirley Hughes.

CleverPlansAndSecretTricks · 12/11/2014 18:32

Meg and mog
Whatever next
5 minutes peace

Also, does he like factual books? My 4 year old loves things like 1000 things that go, and some book about really big ships. They bore my brains out, but they're not scary!

Takver · 12/11/2014 20:54

Definitely Milly Molly Mandy, also
Teddy Robinson
Sophie stories by Dick King Smith
Katie Morag

JuniperTisane · 12/11/2014 20:59

Bloody sodding Postman Pat stories are interminably long but the baddest character in them is Ted 'bodger' Glen. Ds1 (4) thinks they're amazing.

Leeds2 · 12/11/2014 21:26

Paddington. You can get them in picture book form, rather than the original paperbacks which I think would be hard going for a 4.5 year old.

Sheltie series, by Peter Clover, is a daily innocuous series about a Shetland pony. They are however paperbacks, with no pictures!

Your DS might like Where's Wally? too.

ineedaholidaynow · 12/11/2014 21:43

The Little Animal Ark series and the Frog and Toad books are very gentle books. Don't think there are any scary bits in them

EmilyGilmore · 12/11/2014 22:05

Oh thank you all, some great ideas here Flowers

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iseenodust · 15/11/2014 15:29

Allan Ahlberg's happy families series eg Mister Bun the Bakers Son.

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