Here be Monsters – Alan Snow
We went to see The Boxtrolls the other week and my 7 year old is obsessed. The film is based on Here be Monsters, and my little one loves the book as much as the film. The book is full of fun illustrations that he adores and orphan Arthur’s adventures are brought to life brilliantly. If your little one isn’t a big fan of reading, then I would recommend seeing the film first to peak their interest, but the book is definitely fun and exciting with or without the film.
The Worst Witch – Jill Murphy
My 6 year old daughter loves the Worst Witch stories – which I remembered too from childhood. These are the stories that I read to her at bedtime after she has read her school reading book. Mildred Hubble is a great character for girls, and enough humour for the grown ups reading it too! We are currently reading the latest in the series which is The Worst Witch and the Wishing Star – where Mildred wishes for a dog! It is lovely to see a set of books that have successfully stood the test of time.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children includes creepy black and white photos alongside its unusual story to create a mesmerizingly creepy atmosphere. My 13 year old son’s favourite is of a baby hovering in mid air as a man looks on in shock beside them. He’ll be very carefully watched when we visit my sister’s baby daughter next weekend to ensure there are no re-enactments. The book is told through a first person narrative which is gripping from the first sentence, and makes it easy for teens and adults to enjoy. The book focuses on an abandoned orphanage on an island which apparently provided a home for children with strange powers. The narrator, Jacob, explores the stories his grandfather told him and the photos he kept, but is this an old ghost story, or could there be something to his grandfather’s tales?
Gangsta Granny – David Walliams
My 9 year old son has been desperately waiting for the latest David Walliams book to come out (Awful Auntie) but in the meantime has been re-reading (for about the 10th time!) Gangsta Granny which is his favourite to date . He loved seeing the TV adaptation at Christmas last year and I have no doubt we will be back to re-reading The Boy in the Dress again soon as it has been announced that it will be on BBC this Christmas.
Usborne Phonics –Various
My 4 year old has just started school and we’ve been reading the Usborne Phonics books with her from the box set that we bought years ago when the girls were little. They’re really coming into their own now that she has learnt her phonics and they cleverly repeat the phonic patterns and have great illustrations.
Ripley’s Believe it or Not Annual – Robert Le Roy Ripley
My 10 year old is not big on reading but we’ve finally found something that will actually keep him quiet for longer than 5 minutes. Ripley’s has been around forever and I can remember my granddad always coming over and telling stories he’d seen on the Ripley’s Believe it or not TV shows to me and my 2 sisters. The annual is full of the weird and wonderful facts and stories you’d expect, and is accompanied with great photographs that my son will bring over to me or his mum every so often and reel off everything he knows about it. His favourite story so far is the restaurant that uses a volcano to cook food! I don’t know if that’s a comment on our standard of cooking at home, or if he just thinks volcanoes are cool. I’d be happier to believe the latter.
Tom Gates – Liz Pichon
My 6 year old daughter is absolutely loving the Tom Gates books at the moment – she loves the graphics and the way the books are written in such a funny way. She’s currently reading Everything’s Amazing about funny things that happen at school and is really enjoying it. I think that there are now 6 in the series.
Let us know what you and your little one have been reading this week in the comments box below.