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Chapter Books to be read to 4 year old boy

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Elf · 08/01/2008 13:44

Sorry if this has been covered before.

I feel DS is on the cusp of moving on to having chapter books read to him at bedtime and am at a loss as to what to try. He's just turned four.

Mumsnet helped me with DD1 when I got to this stage and I feel well away with her but could do with some pointers for boys. Thank you all.

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lucymack · 09/01/2008 18:52

There's quite a lot to choose from. There is Horrid Henry, Captain Underpants (not always parents choice but children love them!) and there is also a series called Books for Boys. I am a children's bookseller and sell all these (& more!) discounted. I'll pm you to tell you the name of the site as I don't think I can advertise on these discussions!


JackieNo · 09/01/2008 18:53

Will watch this with interest - DS has just turned 4 too, and in the same situation.

dustystar · 09/01/2008 18:55

Charlie and the chocolate factory; Georges marvelous medicine- both by Roald Dahl

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MaryAnnSingleton · 09/01/2008 18:56

Flat Stan;ley

Oblomov · 09/01/2008 18:57

We get 2 great books every week from the library for ds (3.11)
I will look into these though.

Pruners · 09/01/2008 19:00

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Othersideofthechannel · 09/01/2008 19:03

Hi Elf, I started a thread on this last spring. Will try to link to it.

Some of the suggestions we tried were:

101 Dalmations (this was a bit hard going because the language is a bit outdated)

James and the Giant Peach (great success)

Jeremy James (we are reading this at the moment and I love it)

We have also enjoyed Akimbo books by Alastair McCall Smith, set in Africa.

Tamum · 09/01/2008 19:05

I have mentioned this before several times, but if you can get hold of any Clever Polly and the Stupid Wolf books do try them. Not remotely boy-specific but they are just so good and funny. Each chapter is a self-contained story, so I don't know if it counts as a chapter book. I would also have said that Captain Underpants is good for getting boys reading but would drive most people round the bend in terms of bedtime reading, it's like reading a comic.

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Oblomov · 09/01/2008 19:07

I don't like Horrid Henry.

newgirl · 09/01/2008 19:07

another vote for charlie and the chocolate factory

Othersideofthechannel · 09/01/2008 19:08

found it

OliviaMumsnet · 09/01/2008 20:06

Another vote for Flat Stanley. Loved it

Hulababy · 09/01/2008 20:08

DD loved Flat Stanley too.

RustyBear · 09/01/2008 20:10

'Elephants don't sit on cars' and the other Jeremy James books. I love them because they have bits which are funny for the adult reading too...

RustyBear · 09/01/2008 20:11

I see I recommended JJ on your thread too, Otherside!

Pruners · 09/01/2008 20:23

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FrannyandZooey · 09/01/2008 20:29

we have enjoyed Milly Molly Mandy, My Naughty Little Sister, Pippi Longstocking and the Aurora series, but they are all about girls (he doesn't seem to mind)

we also have things like The Owl who was afraid of the dark, the Oz books (although need a bit of censoring in very gory parts - a surprising amount of heads being chopped off ), the Alice in Wonderland books (ditto on heads of course), Ruth Manning Sanders' fairy tale collections, and the absolute best ever IMO is the books about the Bullerby children (Astrid Lindgren). A lot of these I have mentioned are out of print but they are all worth seeking out.

FrannyandZooey · 09/01/2008 20:30

oh the Jamie and Angus stories are nice and about a boy for a change. Anne Fine

good2goss · 09/01/2008 20:39

Hope you dont mind.......

My son is 4 and we've recently started him on Roald Dahl books, his fav is Georges marv medicine and the witches. I definatly rate Roald Dahl and ds and dd aged6 really enjoys them too.

Othersideofthechannel · 09/01/2008 21:13

JJ is well worth recommending over and over again Rusty bear. I really look forward to my nightly dose at the moment.

tassisssss · 09/01/2008 21:15

gosh, my ds will be 5 in april and loves books but it had not crossed my mind to move onto chapter books yet.

will give this some thought...

Pidge · 09/01/2008 21:17

I don't think anyone has mentioned Fantastic Mr Fox - personally I think this is the best Roald Dahl for little kids. Nice short chapters, gripping tale.

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