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Subject: Books for young boys
Date Posted: 3/28/2008 9:09 PM ET
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I have two boys (7 & 5) and we read a lot.

I am looking for some new suggestions though.  Some of our past favorites have been some of  Roald Dahl's work, My Side of the Mountain, they also enjoyed James Herriot' Treasury for Children, and we are currently doing the Wizard of Oz which they actually like quite well. 

Any undiscovered gems out there that we could give a try?

Date Posted: 3/28/2008 10:02 PM ET
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I probably sound like a broken record because I keep recommending the Hiccup Horrendous Haddock series by Cressida Cowell but they are so much fun! We started reading the first one (How To Be A Pirate) to our son when he was five years old and he decided he wanted to be Hiccup for Halloween that year. He would also laugh so hard at the story and illustrations that we would have to take breaks in order for him to catch his breath. By the time we got to the third book he was reading them on his own. Unfortunately the books are British and there is a LONG lag time between their release in England the their release here. We are impatiently awaiting the fifth book right now!
Date Posted: 3/29/2008 1:49 AM ET
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I second LeeAnne's recommendation of the Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III books! 

Have you read the Chet Gecko books by Bruce Hale?  Hilarious!  Our son (8) LOVES them!

Time Warp Trio series by Jon Sciezska - another favorite in our home.

Bailey School Kids books - kinda 'fluffy' reading, but entertaining.

Geronimo Stilton

If I think of others, I'll add them to my list!

~Jori

Date Posted: 3/29/2008 10:46 AM ET
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Thanks guys.

This will give me a good start!

Date Posted: 3/29/2008 9:50 PM ET
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Those were great suggestion. I haven't heard of those series, but will be checking them out. My sons love books too.

Date Posted: 4/1/2008 3:40 AM ET
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My Father's Dragon -- Ruth Stiles Gannett's trilogy -- was a favorite with my boys.

Japanese Children's Stories  (available from Tuttles publishing)  also was a big hit .



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Date Posted: 4/1/2008 3:40 AM ET
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Date Posted: 4/2/2008 12:56 PM ET
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I think the later Oz books are worth the effort to track down.  The librarians at our local branch got used to me requesting these obscure titles.  The later books have more boy characters.  Dick King-Smith has well crafted books for the young set, too. 

I have to check out this Hiccup series myself!

Date Posted: 4/4/2008 1:25 PM ET
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Ann, My kids also loved the My Father's Dragon set.  Big hit.  I'll check out the others as well.

And yesterday while at the library, I found a bunch of the Oz books.  Cool.

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Date Posted: 4/5/2008 8:47 AM ET
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All 3 of my boys are/were nuts about Magic School Bus books.  :)  Nice thing about them is they come in 3 different reading levels for beginner, emerging, and chapter-book readers.  A lot of people are crazy about Magic Tree House, though we don't like them as well.  My 8yo twins are now getting into the Wally McDoogle series, and those are funny enough that even my teen likes listening in!  :)

Date Posted: 4/5/2008 11:39 AM ET
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Gary Paulson books are great, too, when they get older.  Lots of adventure stories.

Date Posted: 4/24/2008 11:46 AM ET
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I think they would like Harry the Poisonous Catepillar by Lynne Reid Banks, I just started reading these to DD.

Date Posted: 4/25/2008 5:45 PM ET
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Geronimo Stilton is very popular at our library.  They are usually all checked out.

Date Posted: 4/28/2008 9:30 AM ET
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My boys love the Hank the Cowdog series. I think it's funny too....

Date Posted: 5/2/2008 6:45 AM ET
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My sons, ages 9 & 7 love the Captain Underpants (of course) series, Ricky Ricotta series, and the Franny K Stein series.