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Initial post: 15 Jan 2013, 19:54:49 GMT
Broxi3781 says:
Can anyone suggest illustrated books for more mature readers. At age 7, my son feels he is too old for picture books. He has read a number of graphic novels, but is getting tired of super heroes as well. He absolutely loved Charlie Higson's Silverfin Graphic Novel, Muchamore's The Recruit and the Alex Ryder graphic novels, as w ell as the Wimpy Kids series but needs something he hasnt read yet. We also have Project X's older childrens books.

He is capable of reading at a young adult level, having read Higson's The Enemy books and Young James Bond books and these are they type of stories he enjoys most, but he misses the illustrations.

Does anyone know if there are any good illustrated books for older readers - or do we just have to keep hunting out graphic novels? The problem is - most graphic novels are written for adults and he is after all only 7 - I don't want things too graphic if you know what I mean, so while I've been thinking of anime - I know some of these are really not meant for such young children.

Please - no kindle books - we prefer real in print books, but the self promotion of too many kindle authors leaves me suspect of any recommendations. Far too often we found authors better at writing their own reviews than stories - and we wiped the kindle app. Not to say there are not many very talented kindle writers out there - only that it is too hard to find the good ones in the avalanche of others.

Although authors are not meant to to promote their own work here - if you happened to have written something like this which made it to print - please leave a quick note. This is a very hard to find area and I am desperate.

If you are an author - please note _ I feel there is a demand for this type of book that is going unmet. Children used to have comics - but these have dissapeared. Many children are old enough to want a more complex story but still need visual support to really get the imagination going and become fully immersed in the story. this is especially true of boys - and I have sons.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013, 00:20:01 GMT
L Schofield says:
Have you tried any Roald Dahl books? My son is nearly 8 and still likes to have pictures, and even I still enjoy reading these! He also has the Mr Gum set and is just starting on Fleabag Monkeyface. These all have some illustrations in them.

Posted on 18 Jan 2013, 09:48:54 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jan 2013, 13:21:44 GMT
Broxi3781 says:
Yes we have read a few of Dahl's books - Thank you for the suggestion.

Posted on 18 Jan 2013, 15:53:28 GMT
How about the Asterix books? Or Tin Tin?

Posted on 18 Jan 2013, 16:10:48 GMT
sandsy says:
Cressida Cowell's How to Train your Dragon series have some simple B&W line illustrations.
See also George's Secret Key to the Universe (x3 books) by Stephen Hawking.
Although they haven't got illustrations, the Charlie Bone series is recommended for this age group - my son (7) received a set for Christmas though he hasn't started them yet (as he's still on the Dragon series!). Other books my son received for Christmas included some form the Just William series and some Willard Price adventures.

What about trying non-fiction books too?

Posted on 18 Jan 2013, 18:59:56 GMT
Broxi3781 says:
I may try Tin Tin. We have tried George's Secret Key and How to Train your Dragon series. He seems to prefer stories for older childen - zombies, spies, horror, that sort of thing but still likes illustrations as well.

Posted on 19 Jan 2013, 17:16:57 GMT
C. Seakins says:
I would recommend the "Edge Chronicles"- a series of fantasy series books by paul stewart and chris riddel. Although there's no "zombies and spies" there are sky pirates which are pretty cool. On the other end of the scale there is "manga"- Japanese comics. These are printed in black and white and offen include more complex characters than typical american super hero comics. Popular ones for his age group would be "Naruto", "One Piece", "fairytale" and "Bleach".

Posted on 21 Jan 2013, 15:37:35 GMT
Michaela says:
Have you tried any of the Michael Morpurgo books which have fabulous illustrations? For example, I believe in Unicorns and Where my wellies take me. Also "It's A Book" is fun. "Varjak Paw" by S.F. Said has some wonderful black and white illustrations by Dave McKean and, apart from being a gripping adventure, covers themes such as friendship and loyalty. If he likes rather whacky unusual books, "Sensible Hare and the case of missing carrots" and the "Ottoline" books might appeal to him as well. So glad he likes books rather than ebooks!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Jan 2013, 15:33:00 GMT
Kim D says:
Hello Broxi
I'm leaving this note only because you have asked authors to do so. My story - St Viper's School for Super Villains - has Beano meets Manga type illustrations and is aimed at 7 - 9 year old children. Do take a look at the reviews on Amazon and Goodreads. You might also be interested in my blog on Fantastic Fiction for 7 - 9 year olds. http://electrikinc.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/fantasic-fiction-for-7-9-year-old-boys/ All of these books are illustrated.
I hope this helps.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2013, 17:28:38 GMT
Broxi3781 says:
Kim - have had a look at your sites - is there any place that shows the illustrations? Also he is moving a bit away from superheroes. Are your villains endowed of any superpowers - or just naturally a bit wicked? He prefers everything to at least have some loose connection to science - so he's all right with zombies as the result of plague - less interested in the dead climbing outof the grave - he wants to be able to believe what he is reading -- although James Bond style gadgets and antics can be as unbelievable as super heroes if you ask me - but then again no one did. It doesn't really matter if I like the book - it matters if he likes it.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2013, 17:34:03 GMT
Broxi3781 says:
Thank you Michela, we have read a couple of Morpugo war books. I hadnt realised just how many series we have gone through until I started this thread and relaised we had read so many already. he usually doesn't go in for animal stories either - especially not anything where the animals talk. He does seem to to enjoy YA books the most as far as storyline - Muchamore, Higson, and Horwitz - and we have just order the first book in H.I.V.E. to give that a try but few of these books have pictures. He was mad for the Wimpy Kid series but we can't find anything else like that. He used to love Horrid Henry too but now feels much too old for that. He is only 7 though and I'm a bit worried about Manga as I know some have adult content. I don't want to accidentally get something inappropriate!

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2013, 17:52:59 GMT
Michaela says:
Hi again Broxi,
Has he tried any of the "Tom Gates" series by Liz Pichon? Similar genre to Wimpy Kid? The "Geronimo Stilton" books are quite good fun but again talking animals, so probably not his scene. Forgot to mention "Really Weird Removals", first time round, one of the excellent Kelpies imprint. Good luck with your quest! Michaela

Posted on 25 Jan 2013, 18:33:14 GMT
Broxi3781 says:
Thank you. I've just looked up a few pages of this online and my son is quite interested. I almost bought this series before as this one and Norm were recommended - sadly I chose Norm which he does like at all. I've got The Brilliant World of Tom Gates, H.I.V.E. and Artemis Foul ordered although Artemic Foul may prove a bit too magical for him I am hoping the fact that the faeries are ugly evil wicked things armed to the teeth rather than prancing creatures in ballet suits may change his mind.

Posted on 27 Jan 2013, 23:50:35 GMT
Last edited by the author on 28 Jan 2013, 00:37:01 GMT
Hazel says:
I'm not sure if this is what you are looking for but Wonderstruck has wonderful illustrations.
If he doesn't mind the magic (and a girl as protagonist), Wildwood could be something for him, too.

As to manga, I've just discovered that there are Maximum Ride books published as manga. I've only read the first two books in the 'normal' series (an exciting YA series), so I can't tell you if the manga are suitable, but you could check them out. Maximum Ride: Manga Volume 1

Posted on 28 Jan 2013, 12:53:53 GMT
Paul Tapner says:
A ghost story for younger readers that has illustrations. And is pretty good:

Ghost Knight

Back in the 1970's, some of the very first Doctor Who stories to be novelised had illustrations. Some of these have been reissued. Such as:

Doctor Who and the Auton Invasion

These are book versions of stories that are on dvd, but they might appeal

Posted on 1 Feb 2013, 01:25:11 GMT
E J says:
Hi, don't know if these are suitable as they're not zombie/spy related, but how about the Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster? Or the Jeremy Strong books? There's also a Raymond Briggs one that's in storyboard form - Fungus the Bogeyman. I think it's great that he knows what he likes at 7!

Posted on 1 Feb 2013, 14:36:56 GMT
Broxi3781 says:
Thanks - We have Fungus the Bogey man and have tried Strong. The phantom toll both has a wizard on the cover and he absolutely does not want to try anything with magic and wizardry. I've tried interesting him Harry Potter as so many people recommend them but he really doesn't like the idea.

We have just bought Artemis Fowl graphic Novel, A White Wolves Fiction book - The Hound of Ulster I would have thought a very good book but it strays too far the original story. But I really do like the format - so I will be buying more in the same series. I've also got a non fiction on zombie myths coming and Zombie Wasps by National Geographic, + we have ordered the 1st Tom Gates and a childs grahic novel with Zombies so hopefully we will find something good. He may not like to admit it - but he really seems to be enjoying his younger brothers Astrosaurs series as well. And finally I've bought HIVE which I will read 1st as I always do with YA. It doesn't have pictures, but the I am hoping the story will entice him. I will probaly read the 1st few chapters out loud with my own embellishments describing everything to get him into the book. He is also really enjoying Project X Code - but as they are really phonics readers - you need 4 books to make one story and even then he has them all read in minutes. They are also expensive so we are collecting them bit by bit with a set costing close to £20 so I can only get one or two sets a month. They'll be grand for teaching my youngest to read next year though.

Posted on 1 Feb 2013, 16:07:04 GMT
E J says:
Oh that's interesting - I'm from Ulster so you've highlighted a new book for me to investigate! Hope your little boy finds new adventure head. Great he has a mum who wants to invest in his reading :)

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Feb 2013, 17:04:11 GMT
Broxi3781 says:
WL - If you happen to know of any other books with any relation to Ulster for children please let me know. I have been searching for years as we are also in Ulster, and my son is home educated. We do have this:
The Little Drummer Boy by Michael Mullen - about the Battle of the Boyne featuring two boys on oppoising sides - but it really isn't a great story - still better than nothing.

We also have this World in Conflict: Northern Ireland: Troubled Land
but it is has a number of inaccuracies and makes a few fairly biased statements including accusing most Protestants of bigotry. Kind of a bigotted statement on the authors own part, but he is from the USA and I feel just does not understand.It has some useful sections, but you have to be prepared to do a lot of sifting. I've ordered one more childrens books - once again from the USA - they seem to be the only ones who wrtite about Ulster!

I'm currently reading a number of adult books and tryig to simplify the information for him.

Posted on 1 Feb 2013, 17:49:04 GMT
E J says:
Will do, though I think it'll be hard to find something unless you do a proper deep dig. Have you asked around the Linen Hall Library?

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Feb 2013, 19:31:49 GMT
Broxi3781 says:
Haven't been there in ages. No parking nearby and I have a disability making walking long distances difficult. Tried local library - no luck but then again the head librarian the Grimm's Fairy Tales was a film.

Posted on 1 Feb 2013, 20:27:12 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Feb 2013, 20:31:53 GMT
K. Reeves says:
Check out Half Magic by Edward Eager. If he likes that, there are more by Eager but Half Magic is my fave. Four children find an ancient wishing talisman but they have to experiment to figure out how to use it - hint for grown-ups: It grants half your wish. So the fun is in the logic and the whimsy of their adventures, pen and ink sketches throughout.

Posted on 2 Feb 2013, 04:33:26 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Apr 2013, 17:03:57 BST
Try the Bollywood Series

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