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Initial post: 11 Jun 2009 23:18:38 BDT
She loved Roal Dahl books but we have read them all, any suggestions for anything similar

Posted on 12 Jun 2009 19:23:22 BDT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jun 2009 19:24:51 BDT
LEP says:
Charlotte's Web; Enid Blyton's Secret Seven and other younger books.

There is a series about the children of a vet which my son loved. They were very amusing, but I can't for the life of me think of the author's name.

Look on
They review books for children/young adults and have age ranges and content rating.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jun 2009 19:32:02 BDT
LEP says:
Go onto customer communities, top left, and click on children's books. It will come up with a list of tagged books for you to browse through. I'm sure you'll find something amongst those.

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2009 22:44:22 BDT
Dick King-Smith is a must she will adore them every single one they're great read out loud or left alone to read, my little sister who turned 7 this year loves me reading her 'The Last Unicorn' by Peter Beagle it tells the story of a unicorn living in a lilac wood who must go on a quest to rescue all the other unicorns of the world, also 'The NeverEnding Story' by Michael Ende, 'Mrs. Frisby and The Rats of Nimh' scares her a little but she still asks me to read it because she loved the animated film, 'Labyrinth' A.C Smith about a girl who wishes the goblins would take her little brother away and when they do she realizes she wants him back and must make her way throught the labyrinth to the castle and rescue him, she loves all the silly goblins and various 'mad' characters. classics such as 'Peter Pan' , 'Alice in Wonderland', 'The Wizard of Oz' , and 'The Wind in The Willows' are staple favs.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2009 18:26:11 BDT
LEP says:
Look on
It's abook swap site and they have lots of children's books categorised under age.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jul 2009 18:26:54 BDT
LEP says:
Those vet books I mentioned above - Animal Ark.

Posted on 14 Jul 2009 21:04:39 BDT
My 7 year old loves the 'Naughtiest girl' books, we are on book 4 and we started them when she was 5, we also like to the the 'daisy' books, the Princess Poppy, Poppy and Max (which she can read herself), Clarice Bean, Queintin Blake's very good, sparkle street series are good too, thats all I can think of just now....hope this helps

Posted on 15 Jul 2009 11:50:13 BDT
Can I recommend 'The Little Children and The Fairies' by Mhari Aine. It is a delightful book to read to children especially using different voices for each character. It is a story of fairies, a comical unicorn called Twinkle all lead by an archangel to save the villagers from people trying to hurt them. It is also easy for children to read for themselves when they are ready.
My grandchildren loved it and I enjoy reading it to them. It is available on Amazon

Posted on 15 Jul 2009 13:07:46 BDT
AlanArrrh says:
Try 'The Lonely Digger' and 'The Wise Old Boar' both by Margaret Merry - an established artist who illustrates her own books with precision and vivacity. They are fairly recent publications, popular on both sides of the Atlantic.

Posted on 15 Jul 2009 18:18:05 BDT
Luke O'Dell says:
"The Train Without a Station" is a good book. About a boy working with his granddad to rebuild an old train.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2009 18:27:56 BDT
LEP says:
How about Peter Pan - the full version not the Disney abridged ones.

Posted on 16 Jul 2009 16:44:10 BDT
I would suggest the Mr Gum books by Andy Stanton. They're brilliant - he won the first ever Roal Dahl Award last year. I'm also going to plug Dinopants, my first book, available on here and in all good bookshops from September.

Happy reading!

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2009 20:56:36 BDT
LEP says:
Try this, it's a very funny takeoff of Harry Potter and is for children and adults of all ages - Henry Potty and the Pet Rock by Valerie Frankel.

Posted on 16 Jul 2009 20:57:25 BDT
J NicLeoid says:
My little girls who has just turned 7 has just read a 3 in 1 Pippi Longstocking book and said it was the best book she had ever read!

Posted on 17 Jul 2009 11:53:04 BDT
Lancelot says:
Try 'The Unravellers' by Tracey Morley. Loads of great characters and full of adventure and fun. And it's set on the Cornish Coast so will get you in the holiday mood!

Posted on 17 Jul 2009 21:17:21 BDT
Lucia Marié says:
I love reading to my 6 yr old grand daughter. My list includes the old favourites: Black Beauty, Heidi, Heidi grows up and Heidi's children, Charlotte's web, The Wind in the Willows, The Railway Children, The secret Garden, Pollyanna, Anne of Green Gables, and Daddy Longlegs.

Posted on 19 Jul 2009 13:34:39 BDT
Julie Barnes says:
matilda. the hungry caterpillar. the gruffalo books, beatrix potter, enid blyton.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Aug 2009 00:42:45 BDT
Scary Reader says:
'Charlie's Key' and 'The pearl in the Grass' by John Harris.Charlie's KeyThe Pearl in the Grass: A Story from China

Posted on 15 Aug 2009 20:19:15 BDT
Any Lucy Daniels - Animal Ark series or Dolphin Diaries. My sons love them, we started with me reading to them when they were younger and now the eldest is off on his own.

Posted on 1 Sep 2009 21:12:24 BDT
Last edited by the author on 1 Sep 2009 21:39:02 BDT
Leabhar says:
I've read the following books aloud to a class of 6 year olds, The Enchanted Wood Collection was by far the class favourite. They often spoke of the characters in the book. Pippi Longstocking was also popular with the children. The Giants and the Joneses introduces the children to 'giant language' ( iggly = little etc. etc.) which they greatly enjoyed.

The Enchanted Wood Collection, Enid Bly.
Little Wolf's Book of Badness,
Fantastic Mr. Fox, R.Dahl,
Pippi Longstocking,
Charlotte's Web
The Worst Witch
The Giants and the Joneses, Julia Donaldson
The Hodgeheg, Dick king Smith

The 'Danny' books ( Danny and Baby Do it All, Granny's Secret etc.) published by O'Brien press go down well, these books take around 15min to read.

Popular picture books :

The Incredible Book Eating Boy, Oliver Jeffers
The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig, Eugene Trivizas
The Giving Tree,Shel Silverstein
The True Story of the 3 little Pigs, Jon Scieszka
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Judi Barett
That Pesky Rat,Beware of the Storybook Wolves, Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book, Lauren Child

Posted on 2 Sep 2009 11:05:37 BDT
Hurrah for the Animal Ark series, LOVED those when i was young! Also Enid Blyton , Dick King Smith etc as people have so wonderfully suggested!

I remember ploughing my way through the library's 'Banana Books' series, i think they were school-curriculum approved, anyone remember those? and 'Young Lions' do great titles, my favourite book which i still remember fondly was called Desperate for a Dog

Also wonderful are the Jill Tomlinson books, especially the owl who was afraid of the dark. and the original paddington bear and winnie the pooh books are magical and really quite funny!

Posted on 2 Sep 2009 18:33:36 BDT
C. Rucroft says:
When I was that age, I really enjoyed 'Sophie's Adventures' (a series by Dick King-Smith) and the Animal stories (by Lucy Daniels). I think your 6 year old would enjoy these.

Posted on 2 Sep 2009 18:58:18 BDT
Try "The Missing Extra" by Jacky Rom
A young girl gets her first film role and becomes a detective. a modern adventure story.

Posted on 4 Sep 2009 10:55:09 BDT

Animal Ark series by Lucy Daniels
Famous Five/ Enchanted Wood series by Enid Blyton
Peter Pan
Alice in Wonderland - perhaps a little too young for this?
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Krindlekrax by Phillip Ridley - again a bit too young maybe.
The Animals of Farthing Wood series - Colin Dann
The Wizard of Oz - by L. Frank Baum

Posted on 29 Dec 2009 17:31:00 GMT
John Jackson says:
I suggest you think about "The Ringadings of Chatalot" series. Illustatrated and designed to subtly teach safety while amusing children. The happy endings are impossible to forsee. Visit to see if it fits the bill
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