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ChasingSquirrels · 27/01/2009 19:54

got some new books from the library last week and ds1 is really enjoying them, so thought I would share.

Dinosaur Cove - series, a couple of boys have adventures back in the jurassic.

Beast Quest - series, recommended by others on here, ds1 loving it.

Super Powers (Alex Cliff) - series, 2 boys find Hercules imprisioned in a wall and have to do tasks to free him.

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zanz1bar · 27/01/2009 20:08

are these for reading to your son or for them to read to you?

compo · 27/01/2009 20:09

is ks1 reception?

ChasingSquirrels · 27/01/2009 20:10

both, we have been reading them together at bedtime (I read 2/3/4 pages and he reads 1 page, etc). But then he will carry on reading after I have gone downstairs. The Dinosaur Cove one I read the first 4 pages then a couple of nights later asked if he wanted me to read it, but he had finished it.

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ChasingSquirrels · 27/01/2009 20:12

no, reception is foundation. ks1 is yr 1 & 2.
I wasn't sure what age to put really, ds1 would have enjoyed them in reception but wouldn't have read them himself.
He is now yr 1 (6.4y) and reads them himself, but I am aware that he is a good reader atm and not all similar age boys would be reading at the same level.
so maybe 5 - 8? With you/them reading as appropriate.

Just had a dearth of suitable reading material on the library van recently, they must have had new supplies in for the new year and we are enjoying them!

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nannynick · 27/01/2009 20:14

For reluctant readers... try The Twits by Roald Dahl. Chapters are 2 pages or less in length, plus has lots of pictures. Plus the story seems to appeal to children aged 5-8.
From that then go on to Fantastic Mr Fox.

ChasingSquirrels · 27/01/2009 20:15

I hated the twits, ds1 loved it. we both enjoyed fantastic mr fox.

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seeker · 27/01/2009 20:18

We LOVE Beast Quest! Ds loved them when he was an 'emergent reader" and still reads them now he's in year 3 as easy bed time reads.

treacletart · 27/01/2009 20:22

Andy Stanton's Mr Gum books are hil-ar-ious!!! DH and I argue over who gets to read them to DS (y1 but a long way of reading books on his own)

ellemo · 27/01/2009 20:23

Off your subject but looking for suggestions on a lovely story/picture book for a soon to be brand new big brother, re: new baby?????????

MilaMae · 27/01/2009 20:29

How do all these recommendations compare to The Titchy Witch books?

Not the greatest of lit I know but ds 5 has been taking them out of the school library and reading them. I think they're kind of Flat Stanley ability. I'm looking for books that are the next step but don't want to put him off. He still likes a few pictures in text although he can read without pics iykwim


MilaMae · 27/01/2009 20:30

What age Ellemo?

MilaMae · 27/01/2009 20:33

My Dtwins 5 love the Wonderwise books,non fiction picture books. There are 2 about babies-Supermum and The World Is Full Of Babies

ChasingSquirrels · 27/01/2009 20:34

definately a stage on from titchy witch, ds1 loved those aswell.

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MilaMae · 27/01/2009 20:37

Just looked on Amazon looked really good but too hard,what did your ds read in between Titchy Witch and those?

ChasingSquirrels · 27/01/2009 20:48

tbh last year we relied on school for his reading material, and I struggled with what to read to him.
Milly Molly Mandy
Wishing Chair

More recently he has read,
Flat Stanley
frog and toad (school)
horrid henry

oh, the banana's series (first readers) are on a par with titchy witch, though can't remember which colour banana's. He enjoyed those.

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LadyG · 27/01/2009 20:52

Ellemo-try 'there's an ouch in my pouch' picture book-hilarious

KarlWrenbury · 27/01/2009 20:52

flat stanley

"emil and the detectives" published in about 1936 but still fantastic.

KarlWrenbury · 27/01/2009 20:54


zanz1bar · 27/01/2009 20:55

lots of lovely ideas, now realise my dc have been stuck in the big picture book stage for too long, but quick and easy to get through at bed time (lazy mum)

KarlWrenbury · 27/01/2009 20:58

yes its easily done though.

ChasingSquirrels · 27/01/2009 21:03

ahh, see I still get to read picture books to ds2, best of both worlds - or not, when he wants The Smartest Giant in Town for the 259th night in a row.

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zanz1bar · 27/01/2009 21:09

i can recite the whole of the snail and the whale.
Sad I know.

seeker · 27/01/2009 21:18

My ds is nearly 8 - and I still read the Julia Donaldson books to him. Dd is 13 - and she still sneaks into his room to listen!

florenceuk · 27/01/2009 22:52

As well as Titchy Witch there is a similar series on Thunderbelle and also Monster and Frog (those are hilarious) in the Colour Crunchie series. these are more like "early readers" than chapter books. All of the Blue banana readers are good too. There appear to be fewer Red Banana ones available (longer, more vocab) but they have good themes for KS1. Usbourne also do some early readers with e.g. Greek myths. Also look for Colour Young Puffins (I think?). The Magic Treehouse series are good too as introductory chapter books. Flat Stanley is actually quite a bit harder than, say, Titchy Witch (I think) given the vocab and subtle use of irony!!

Moving on, DS has enjoyed (as well as Beast Quest and Dinosaur Cove) Sir Gadabout, Tintin, Harry Potter, The Magic Tollbooth, and Cressida Cowell's Hiccup series - he's become a real bookworm!

GossipMonger · 27/01/2009 22:56

cs - try 'the magic treehouse' series.

ds loves them!

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