25 Feb 2013

Chapter Books for Boys (5+)

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Moving onto chapter books can be a rough ride. I've combed the bookshops for something suitable for my daughter and all I have is Usborne early readers Level 4. Other books I've bought for 'age five and up' are too difficult by far.

So right now, I only have tips for boys.

Some Popular Books
Level of difficulty
(1) a good first ‘chapter book’; (2) when your child is speeding through or has run out of (1)s ; then go onto (3)

Oxford Reading Tree various authors (1) fast paced, short adventure stories
Horrid Henry series by Francesca Simon (1) funny, clever and fast paced short stories collected in one slim volume. Lots of pictures, large text, low reading age. These are available cheaply from www.thebookpeople.co.uk
Flat Stanley series (2) short novels, very engaging and funny. Available on thebookpeople.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney (2) very funny, lots of pictures, longer length text. See the bookpeople.
Jeremy Strong author (2) Very funny, short novels. See the bookpeople.
Jack Stalwart series (2). Sometimes scary short novels where a super spy travels the world having adventures. Some complex vocabulary. . See thebookpeople.
Astrosaurs series (2). Funny, exciting adventures of dinosaurs in space. Often found on the bookpeople.
Beast Quest series (2). Scary. Adventure/thriller. See thebookpeople.
David Walliams author (2.5). Simple, longer length stories which children find funny. No great literary masterpieces.
Mr Gum by Andy Stanton (2.5) mid length novels, large text, lots of pictures. Well written, surreal comedy with some sophisticated literary devices: similes, word-play. Available on thebookpeople.
Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander (2.5), a fantasy/adventure series
Captain Underpants series (2.5) very funny, large text, lots of pictures, low reading age, bit longer than Horrid Henry. I haven’t seen these on thebookpeople yet.
NON-FICTION: Horrible Histories, Horrible Science, Horrible Geography (3) Lots of pictures, but complex vocabulary and some complex/scary ideas. They look easier than they are, so beware of over-facing a child with these.
Roald Dahl author: rightly popular sophisticated writer of hilarious, tense novels of increasing levels of difficulty. Please note, some are too scary for sensitive children: Esio Trot (2); very short, The Twits (2), very short, some pictures, big text; Fantastic Mr Fox (2.5) shortish, smaller text; The BFG (3) fairly scary; The Witches (3) scary; Matilda (3); Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (3); James and the Giant Peach (3); Boy (3); Going Solo (4): thebookpeople.
Michael Morpugo author of well-written and popular novels of difficulty (3-4) long and short. See thebookpeople.

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