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Okay he's read all these - what next?

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thirtypence · 03/06/2009 22:19

Ds is 6 and has already chewed through all of;

Zac Power
Jack Stalwart
Beast Quest
Tang Shan Tigers
Secret Seven
Famous Five
Enid Blyton mystery books
Jeremy Strong
Judy Moody
Roald Dahl
Alice in Wonderland/Looking Glass
Winnie the Pooh
Complete original Thomas the Tank Engine

He is now reading Artemis Fowl - which I am not thrilled about as it is for older readers, but I do like the fact that he hasn't finished it in 20 minutes like he does with a Beast Quest.

So what's longer and more complex than Beast Quest, but suitable night time reading for a (little) six year old?

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PaulaYatesBiggestFan · 03/06/2009 22:23

Harry Potter? DS and DD read these at 6 and seemed to be hooked

nippersnappers · 03/06/2009 22:23

Try the Mr Gum series of books by Andy Stanton, they are hilarious, and you'll enjoy them too.

isittooearlyforgin · 03/06/2009 22:25

lemony snickett?

singersgirl · 03/06/2009 22:34

Longer than Beast Quest, not all necessarily more complex, but still eminently suitable for bedtime reading by 6 year olds:
Spy Dog (4 or 5 of these)
Grkk series (or is it Grrk?)
The World According to Humphrey series
Emil and the Detectives/Emil and the Three Twins
All the E B White books - Stuart Little, Charlotte's Web and The Trumpet of the Swan

DS2 is 7 and has just started the Percy Jackson series, though that is written in a slightly 'US teen' style that might not appeal.

Tommy · 03/06/2009 22:37

would second Mr Gum - my DS is 7 and has a similar reading habit. We have just started with them and he loves them - very funny

southeastastra · 03/06/2009 22:40

dr who go on i dare you

drlove8 · 03/06/2009 22:40

Charlie Bone books, theres 8 of them, bit like harry potter but easier for younger kids, but not too easy.

thirtypence · 03/06/2009 22:41

I have just ordered all the Mr Gum books from library. I am now going to do Spy Dog.

Keep them coming, he's like a machine.

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bloss · 03/06/2009 22:43

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thirtypence · 03/06/2009 22:46

Dh won't let him read Deltora Quest yet - he read one and declared it unsuitable for a sleepwalker!

I have 3 hold spaces after doing Spy Dog and so I'm going to do Charlie Bone.

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thirtypence · 03/06/2009 22:48

Charlie Bone must be very popular - ds is number 10 on the list! It says older fiction on the library website - but that seem to just happen if a children's book is over 200 pages.

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PenelopePitstops · 03/06/2009 22:53

lemony snicket if he dosnt scare too easily

is he in to anything non fiction like horrible histories/scinces etc

nippersnappers · 03/06/2009 23:02

I adored Mrs Pepperpot at that age, dunno if it may be a bit girlie for him (although it's not girlie, but about an old woman who shrinks IYKWIM)

thirtypence · 03/06/2009 23:18

He does read non fiction at the weekends, but on car journeys (we have a bit of a commute to school) and in bed he likes a good story. He likes series because then he doesn't have to "get into" all the characters each time, and also he knows he will enjoy the book.

Ds is the class guru on good books, and is at a boys' school - so I think he is starting to not read anything too overtly girlie during term time.

Complex isn't it!

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singersgirl · 03/06/2009 23:33

Lemony Snickett is good because there are 13 of them, though the verbal humour is pretty advanced - both my DSs read them somewhere between 7 and 8 and lots of the jokes still went over their head.

If no one's suggested the Cressida Cowell How to Train Your Dragon series, these are brilliant - there are now about 6 or 7 of them and DS2 has enjoyed them from 6.

My DSs both enjoyed the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series too - I think there's only 3 of them and they are a very quick read but the boys thought them very funny.

You could try Just William too - mine don't like it but some of their friends do.

thirtypence · 04/06/2009 05:42

He read William at War and said that William talks just like his grandad.

I was amazed my little kiwi boy could read a northern accent.

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karise · 04/06/2009 10:07

Faraway tree series?
How about Jake Cake? Michael Broad is fantastic! Would Clarice Bean by Lauren Child be too girly? Or Nancy Drew mysteries...

clumsymum · 04/06/2009 10:25

Another vote here for Milly Molly Mandy and My Naughty Little Sister.

Ds also a very prolific reader, and I bought one of each of these series for him when he was 6 (he's 9 now), just because I remembered reading them when I was little (and wanted to re-read them !!).

I didn't really expect ds to like them, being a fairly boy-ish boy, but he was enchanted by them, and I had to buy the others in each series (on ebay, dead cheap, and I'll sell on again soon).

Oh, and no one here has mentioned Flat Stanley, which are a fun read.

BTW DS found the language in Just William a bit hard at 6, but enjoyed them last year. He's currently ploughing thru The Chronicles of Narnia (one book every 2 days, would get thru quicker if we didn't insist on lights out at 9:00 p.m.)

Also look out for Terry Pratchetts children's books (Truckers, Diggers, Wings) when your ds is a year or 2 older.

thirtypence · 04/06/2009 10:36

Ds has read flat Stanley - I knew I'd missed something out.

I teach in a room tomorrow with a Milly Molly Mandy book on the shelf - I'll have a quick look.

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karise · 04/06/2009 10:40

Oh yes! Narnia definately!!! Kept DD going for at least a week each (she gets through the Rainbow magics in 10 minutes).
I thought about Flat Stanley but aren't they much shorter than a Beastly Quest or Rainbow Magic?

JeffVadar · 04/06/2009 11:07

Second the Cressida Cowell Hiccup books, also don't forget Asterix and Tintin!

The Jiggy Mcque (spelling?) by Michael Lawrence are good too (funny). DS also loved Paddington at that age.

Tambajam · 04/06/2009 11:09


karise · 04/06/2009 11:33

Pardon Tambajam?

Takver · 04/06/2009 13:20

Lion Boy by Zizou Corder - recommended on here, and it is fantastic, my dd loves it but if anything I would say more of a 'boy' book (the central character is a boy and it is a really exciting story). But you need the three books because book one ends part way through the adventure! I would say it is like an up to date equivalent to the Enid Blyton adventure type books.

Also Professor Branestawm and maybe Just William / Jennings?

Tambajam · 04/06/2009 13:42

Holes by Louis Sacher

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