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Initial post: 7 Aug 2009 23:14:29 BDT
A. Milne says:
I'm looking for some exciting books for my 5 year old little boy to read on his own. Obviously, due to his age they have to have relatively easy to follow plots and very innocent! I've had a look at the Beast Quest books that his cousin has, but he wouldn't like them - a bit too much info when it comes to the blood and guts!

Surely there is something out there? He's reading the Faraway Tree at the moment which he is quite enjoying...but, like most little boys, he loves "goodies" and "baddies" and adventure, and I feel that he'd just love something with a bit more excitement. I hope you know what I mean - I'm a big fan of Enid Blyton and not trying to put down her books in any way!

Thanks in advance for any suggestions...

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Aug 2009 17:34:52 BDT
LEP says:
Well there's The Secret Seven books by Blyton and when he's older The Famous Five by Blyton and Malcom Saville books.

Try Michael Murpurgo's lovely books (may be a bit too old for him though) and The Animal Ark books which are by various authors and for age ranges from 5 upwards. Just type in Animal Ark in Amazon Search, Books, above.

I can think of a lot for slightly older children, but not for age 5. You could also try Dick King Smith.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Aug 2009 17:44:50 BDT
Last edited by the author on 8 Aug 2009 17:47:46 BDT
susan says:
I work in a book shop and find the horrid Henry series is very popular with parents and also a range of the Disney books and also if he likes Thomas the tank engine there are lots of stories in stock.

Posted on 8 Aug 2009 17:56:05 BDT
R. Gregory says:
Try looking also at "Rowan of Rin" by Emily Rodda, this was popular with my son. She also did Deltora Quest, which went down well, but may work better in a year or two.

Posted on 8 Aug 2009 20:12:23 BDT
Annie Apple says:
Come on do Charlottes Web or Little Nose or some Dick king smith, Dahl is fantastic too. 101 Dalmations good too. Winnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland etc.
Reading to kids is great fun.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Aug 2009 20:52:26 BDT
LEP says:
I did think of Charlotte's Web, however A Milne said that her son was reading them himself and it might be a bit hard for a 5 year old to read. Not if he's being read to of course.

Posted on 8 Aug 2009 23:18:17 BDT
A. Milne says:
Thanks for your replies. Yes, I'm particularly looking for books for him to read himself. I read with him a lot...but his reading's of a standard now where he can take 10 minutes reading a chapter of a book on his own, and I'd like to encourage that by finding him some books that really fire his imagination. It sounds terrible, but I'd completely forgotten about Dick King-Smith...I will certainly have a look and see if some of those are suitable, so thanks for that. I'll have a look around at all the other suggestions too - thanks for offering some guidance! :)

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Aug 2009 17:22:26 BDT
LEP says:
Go and have a look through the young children's section of your local library. Really at aged 5 he needs something relatively short. The Disney books are also a good idea.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Aug 2009 17:34:04 BDT
LEP says:
Click on Customer Communities above left and then click on Childrens Books. It will come up with a list of "Tagged" books for you to scroll through. Have a look at some of them that you might be suitable for him to read himself. (The only thing is that the "Tagged" books sites are rather a pain because if you click on one you have to start again at the beginning scrolling through).

Posted on 11 Aug 2009 04:25:25 BDT
L. Burgoyne says:
On the picture book side of things, I bet your son would love Burglar Bill and Funnybones, regardless of being easier. Also look for books that require him to test his skills without necessarily having to read too much - i.e finding things on the page; Satoshi Kitamura and Anthony Browne are great for this. Graeme Base is fantastic for mind boggling and exciting books and the good thing about books like this are they can be enjoyed without discovering it all at once, so you don't need to worry about difficulty. For chapter books, I absolutely loved 'My Father's Dragon,' by Ruth Stiles Gannett at around that age. Also, try Jill Tomlinson - the owl who was afraid of the dark, the gorilla who wanted to grow up etc. and Alan Ahlberg - Ten in a Bed and The Jolly Postman books are particularly good and slightly harder than his picture books. 'The tale of Custard the Dragon,' by Ogden Nash is a funny book that makes poetry enjoyable.

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Aug 2009 08:13:00 BDT
S. Turner says:
My little boy loves the 'Astrosaurs' series, sorry can't remember the author.
The idea is Dinosaurs didn't get wiped out, they built space ships and went into outer space! Each book sees the lead characters face mild peril, but always save the day and good wins over evil once more. Perfect for a five year old starting out on their own

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Aug 2009 20:31:00 BDT
Julie Hunt says:
Dinosaur Cove books popular in our house, bit complicated name-wise though. what about Arabelle and Mortimer books and original Paddington, not the picture books.

Posted on 12 Aug 2009 00:25:50 BDT
M. Maidment says:
WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE is brilliant

Posted on 12 Aug 2009 10:04:34 BDT
Usborne readers are good, they have three levels and larger text and cover all the classics such as The Three Musketeers, Around the World in Eighty Days etc. My son's' favourite is Robin Hood. They are fairly new and Waterstones stock them. They have classics and retold stories for boys and girls which are easier to read before tackling the real thing.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Aug 2009 13:28:24 BDT
N. Raffo says:
Try the Dinosaur Cove books by Rex Stone, my five year old boy loves them, and they're much simpler to follow than Beast Quest but still full of adventure - and they come with free stickers! He's also enjoying books by Jeremy Strong, they're quite funny with easy-to-follow plots. Hope this helps!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Aug 2009 14:07:32 BDT
K. Dodman says:
Have you tried Anthony Browne books? I think they are fabulous and can be read on so many different levels. The illustrations are great and children love finding different things hidden in them. I use his books with my class at school and the children can't get enough of them!

Posted on 25 Aug 2010 10:03:49 BDT
S. Ehr says:
Mary Pope Osborne -- Magic Tree House Series. First Dinosaurs Before Dark.
Just the right reading age for him to read alone. Short chapters. Age Appropriate. As you noted Dick King Smith is lovely as well.

Posted on 26 Aug 2010 02:26:27 BDT
I love Emily Gravett's books - they're quirky with interesting illustrations. My daughter and I love Shirley Hughes too. For a 5 year old, don't worry about him reading long texts with less pictures. It is just as important that he understands the story and is interested enough to talk about it as just decoding the words. And rereading is important too!

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2010 10:30:19 BDT
As a children's professional from the libary service I can tell you that Usborne have a new series of first time readers for your little boy which are very good. With these kinids of books you are not going to get a great since of adventure until his reading improves as he gets older. I would feel very strongly that you should still be reading to him therefore getting in real fun stories and perhaps he could help you with some of the words, these stories will inspire him to want to read more and more. These books would suit what you desbriced:

Manfred the baddie, The Three Horrid pigs and the Big Friendly Wolf, Little Red, Leon and the place between, Mr Gum, Red ted, Pippi Longstocking, Cloud tea Monkeys, Yucky Worms, The adventures of the dish and the spoon, a A new home for a pirate, The Great Nursery rhyme disaster, Little Wolf's Book of Badness. Hope this helps

Posted on 26 Aug 2010 10:35:01 BDT
Also try the First Adventures of Little Tim - there are a series of these books!

Posted on 26 Aug 2010 11:59:17 BDT
How about the Mr Gum books such as You're a Bad Man Mr Gum. They are funny and a bit naughty but nothing you wouldn't laugh about together.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Aug 2010 12:04:11 BDT
The Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer are a cracking read. If your son is intelligent he will get it if you see what I mean. Artemis is a bit of an anti hero so he isn't all good but he is fun. Hope this helps. Failing that you can't beat Terry Pratchett (A Hat Full of Sky is recommened for kids)
Cheers
Pete O'Brien

Posted on 26 Aug 2010 21:12:04 BDT
M. Pilon says:
Try "Harry the Happy Caterpillar Grows" by Cindy Jett. It is the story of a caterpillar that has a whimsical life full of games, friends, leaf eating and caterpillar school. He is devastated when he learns in school that he supposed to build a chrysalis and become a butterfly. He vows that he will keep things as they are and remain a caterpillar forever. As the story unfolds, Harry learns that he can't keep things from changing, and he finally makes a decision to build chrysalis and become a butterfly. My daughter, who is fascinated with caterpillars and butterflies, absolutely loves this story!

Posted on 3 Sep 2010 16:25:30 BDT
Otto Mouton says:
I think he may enjoy this, first in a series of five. Would love to hear what you think of it:
Snake's Mistake (Maya's Little Friends)

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Dec 2010 17:57:32 GMT
Gogindy says:
Flotsam kindle

Flotsam, By Stephanie Skeem. Great kids chapter book with fun pictures and a good message.

Amy was cursed. There was no doubt about it. It happened the day her mother left her in an old Lost and Found box when she was only three. That day, she believed, was the day that she had been cursed with the uncanny ability to locate lost items, people and things, but never to be able to find things she had lost herself. Tossed around from home to home, because no one wants her around, Amy is placed under the care of an old German man named, Mr. Heckler. There Amy finds, a lost baby deer, a home, and a chance of a new life. Given a list of lost items to locate, Amy sets out to prove her abilities, only to find herself a pawn of power, in a very dangerous game of seek and find, where desperate individuals will stop at nothing until she has found every secret, and dug up every treasure the town has. FLOTSAM, is an adventure story that tells of forgiveness, and hope, of shipwrecked lives, and of those amazing coastguards of life who take the time to find us when we are lost.
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