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I need a great chapter book to read to 6 year olds

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Asleeponasunbeam · 08/05/2015 21:24

For our holiday in a couple of weeks. It's to read to DD and DNiece. And no doubt their little siblings will have a listen too. Last year we had great success with 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' but both have now heard (or read! DN is a great reader) all the younger Roald Dahls and I don't want to do the rest too soon.

My DD loves animals, fairies and magic - her cousin is a bit more mature maybe and likes school/ friendship stories.

Any ideas for the perfect chapter book for them both to beg for at bed time? Thanks.

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melonribena · 08/05/2015 21:27

The magic faraway tree books?
Any of the David walliams books?

Lolar1 · 08/05/2015 21:31

Enid Blyton - I know the language is a bit old school but they are lovely books, Famous Five and Secret Seven, What about Horrid Henry or The Little Wooden Horse?? Good luck....just great to inspire readers ;-)

MrsCurly · 08/05/2015 21:31

Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf. It's old but so funny and my kids love love loved it.

Asleeponasunbeam · 08/05/2015 21:31

Thanks. My DD has heard all the Faraway Tree books, and DN thinks they're 'babyish'. Aren't David Walliams aimed a bit older? I thought they'd be more 8+ or so.

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Asleeponasunbeam · 08/05/2015 21:32

Oh we loved Clever Polly so much!

I think DSIL is a bit anti-Enid Blyton, sadly.

Please keep suggesting.

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Asleeponasunbeam · 08/05/2015 21:32

I don't know The Little Wooden Horse. I'll look it up.

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PennilynLott · 08/05/2015 21:32

Freaky Friday

hels71 · 08/05/2015 21:34

I came to suggest Polly and the wolf too......brilliant books!!

KnitterInTheNW · 08/05/2015 21:34

Julia Donaldson's princess mirror-belle collection is brilliant, you can get the 3 books in one.

Asleeponasunbeam · 08/05/2015 21:35

Little Wooden Horse is a contender.

Freaky Friday too scary for DD I think - (over)sensitive type!

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funnyossity · 08/05/2015 21:36

Paddington makes us laugh.

MrsKCastle · 08/05/2015 21:36

Glitterwings Academy- a fairy boarding school, so ticks boxes for magic, fairies, school and friendship! Fairly well written and there's a whole series so they can keep going if they like the first one.

Asleeponasunbeam · 08/05/2015 21:38

Ah, Paddington. I like the old fashioned ness of it. DD has loved things like Milly Molly Mandy and Teddy Robinson.

I'll look up Glitterwings.

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bookwormbeagle · 08/05/2015 21:38

Violet mackerel books are lovely and beautifully written, also there's a series by Phoebe bright called Lucky Stars that might be suitable (certainly for your dd anyway).

Lordylordy · 08/05/2015 21:39

I am reading Pippi Longstocking to my DS 7 and dd 5 at the moment they both love it. Next we were going to do the Little a Prince.

Asleeponasunbeam · 08/05/2015 21:44

We loved Pippi Longstocking too. I'll look up Violet Mackerel.

For anyone else looking for similar ideas, DD has loved the Ottoline books. I'm really enjoying this stage of her wanting and understanding more complex books but needing them to be read to her still!

Carbonel has also been a big hit - I'm amazed she understood it, but she loved it.

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Asleeponasunbeam · 08/05/2015 21:46

Violet Mackerel does sound great. Just like my DD, in fact. I might have to do some ordering...

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Asleeponasunbeam · 08/05/2015 21:55

Are the Clarice Bean books aimed at this age group? Or are they a bit older? Both love (or have loved) Charlie and Lola.

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JellyMould · 08/05/2015 21:56

The worst witch books

storynanny2 · 08/05/2015 22:03

I used to read The lion, the witch and the wardrobe to my year 1 and 2 classes. Also the first book in the series ( lion witch and wardrobe is book 2)

Asleeponasunbeam · 08/05/2015 22:07

Ah, we've read all the Worst Witch and DN has too. Not that I'm averse to rereading but I need something new to both of then for the holiday.

C.S. Lewis would be too scary for mine at the moment. I'm sure she'll love them in time.

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Takver · 08/05/2015 22:23

Anna Hibiscus?

BlueChampagne · 08/05/2015 22:30

Wings Detective Agency (Operation Bunny is the first one)
101 Dalmatians
Olga da Polga

BlueChampagne · 08/05/2015 22:32

Green Smoke

BlueChampagne · 08/05/2015 22:37

Sophie and the Shadow Woods
Ottoline or Goth Girl
A Necklace of Raindrops (short unusual fairy tales from the incomparable Joan Aiken)
The Firework Maker's Daughter
Stuart Little

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