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Old 02-02-2012, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Pit of filth
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My son is 7 (2nd grade) but reads on a 5th grade level. I need more ideas for books. Recent reading list:

Judy Moody (all)
Stink (all)
Captain Underpants (all)
Ricky Ricotta (all)
Bunnicula/Howliday Inn (all)
Wiley and Grandpa (all)
Andy Griffiths (author--all)
Harry Potter (all--lost interest in book 7 though)
Percy Jackson (all)
Kane Chronicles (lost interest)
Cirque du Freak (all)

He really prefers humor books. If not that then he loved the Stink and Judy books. He's finishing Bunnicula Strikes Again right now.

Any suggestions?
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Old 02-03-2012, 03:53 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Try him on a couple of Ray Bradbury titles, like "Dandelion Wine" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes". He could also read things like "Treasure of Sierra Madre" and "Oxbow Incident" and "My Antonia".

Please, please, try to get him to READ "Lord of the Rings".

Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and "Around the World in 80 Days".

For non-fiction, W H D Rouse's "Gods Heroes and Men of Ancient Greece".
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Old 02-04-2012, 07:03 PM
 
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How to Eat Fried Worms
Matilda and any other Roald Dahl kids books
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Old 02-05-2012, 05:47 PM
 
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How about some of the basic Newbery award books?
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:21 PM
 
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My usual recommendation for kids because I think it is priceless: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Funny, full of imagery and plays on words!
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:31 PM
 
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My usual recommendation for kids because I think it is priceless: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Funny, full of imagery and plays on words!
I love this book, too. Aside from the word play, it's an allegory that carries a deeper message. It's also a Newberry award winner.

I think it's geared more for older elementary kids. Younger kids might not have a problem reading the book, but some of the figurative speech, along with the messages in the book, might fly a bit over their heads.
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:42 PM
 
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I love this book, too. Aside from the word play, it's an allegory that carries a deeper message. It's also a Newberry award winner.

I think it's geared more for older elementary kids. Younger kids might not have a problem reading the book, but some of the figurative speech, along with the messages in the book, might fly a bit over their heads.
Agreed - I think I read this to my kids when they were in 2nd and 4th grades and then they each went on to read it on their own at least two more times. It is one of those books that gets deeper as you get more mature, but is a fun one even on a simple level.
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Old 02-06-2012, 01:57 PM
 
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Agreed - I think I read this to my kids when they were in 2nd and 4th grades and then they each went on to read it on their own at least two more times. It is one of those books that gets deeper as you get more mature, but is a fun one even on a simple level.
You get more out of this book every time you read it. That's true even for adults.
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Old 04-01-2012, 02:53 PM
 
Location: Fredericksburg, Va
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The "Henry Hudgins and Ramona" series (can't remember the author!!)
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Sunshine State
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The Bone Series by Jeff Smith, The Heroes of Olympus Series by Rick Riordan if he liked the Percy Jackson series. I second the Roald Dahl books.
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