Roald Dahl, Going Solo - where to go from here?

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wonkylegs Wed 26-Mar-14 21:24:01

Ds has almost finished all the Roald Dahl's kids books. So far his very favourite by far has been Going Solo so i'm wondering where we go from here. Its been a long time since I was five so I am struggling with ideas.
Can anybody suggest anything that might capture his imagination in the same way?

emmaMBC Wed 26-Mar-14 21:39:57

Books written with a similar sense of humour would be;

David Walliams' Gangsta Granny, Demon Dentist & Ratburger.

Also try The Grunts series from Philip Ardargh

These are great fun to read out loud .... have fun!!

emmaMBC Wed 26-Mar-14 21:40:49

PS Are you looking for more ideas for him to read to himself? Which age group?

SoftSheen Wed 26-Mar-14 21:49:44

I'm impressed that he has managed Going Solo at five.

How about other children's classics such as:

Just William Books
Goodnight Mister Tom
The Secret Garden
The Growing Summer
The Railway Children
Five Children and It
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
The Story of the Treasure Seekers
Swallows and Amazons
Secret Seven/ Famous Five series

wonkylegs Wed 26-Mar-14 21:52:59

Hes 5 nearly 6 - Yr1 at school.
He's a confident reader and has coped quite well with Roald Dahl, we take it turns reading alternate chapters to keep up the pace.
He's liked the Roald Dahls except for the Twits & the Witches (which we are finishing off now) because he found them scary.
His favourites have been Going Solo (although I edited out one or two of the goriest lines) , followed by the BFG & Matilda. He seemed to like the real story & its inspired a huge amount of questions which i'm keen to encourage as he tends to just wizz through books and i'm never sure he takes them in.

EverybodysStressyEyed Wed 26-Mar-14 21:57:10

my ds is a year older and sounds similar - he finished the roald dahl books pretty quickly last year but he didn't really hook onto any other books

in the end i got him a lot of non-fiction books. he particularly liked reading about explorers and history. they were books he could browse and dip in and out of.

mummytime Wed 26-Mar-14 21:59:09

I think Going solo can be read by a bright 5 year old, but is far too advanced in concept.

I would suggest trying old fashioned Children's books if he really is that advanced.

(Not "Goodnight Mr Tom" for a 5 year old - the bit with the dead baby is too harrowing for any Primary age child).

wonkylegs Wed 26-Mar-14 22:00:59

I've got some of those classics so i'll give them a go, I was just worried they are too much, he also still likes books with a little illustration (loves the quentin blake stuff) and none of my classics have any.
I can't believe that he's doing as well as he is. I've always been a good reader and we've always encouraged him, as have school but they send him home with such uninspiring stuff.
I was as a child a prolific reader (and still am) but I only started to learn to read at 5 so wasn't hitting these books at quite the same age.

RiojaHaze Wed 26-Mar-14 22:09:21

The David Walliams books are being shared around DDs class at the moment. We're currently reading The Boy that wore a Dress and they're all illustrated by Quentin Blake too.

DD has a Michael Morpugo one about a lion cub on the go, Matilda and an Anne Fine. She's 7.

mummytime Wed 26-Mar-14 22:58:55

You can get Michael Morpurgo from the Book people, so if he likes them that might be a good idea.

Here's a list of biographies that might appeal if he enjoyed the 'real story' aspect. I forget what Dahl does in the book, is he a pilot? delightfulchildrensbooks.com/2012/10/21/30-picture-book-biographies

emmaMBC Tue 01-Apr-14 23:07:03

Have a look at Waffle Hearts too.

Ophelia and the Marvellous Boy is fantastic too - both are new for this year.

There are some great new illustrated chapter books for middle grade readers heading on to the market this year - they seem to be, and rightly so, very popular.

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