Chapter Books?

Since Henry discovered chapter books, he's been burning through them. We started when he was two with Charlotte's Web. He loved it so much, we probably read it to him 4 or 5 times.

Since then, we've gone through most of the Little House books, Pippi Longstocking, Stuart Little, and.. I can't remember what else. We need suggestions for some more.

Here's the criteria: nothing too scary. The boy gets freaked out by ominous music, so it's got to be pretty light. He likes fantasy. He likes history. He isn't a huge fan of the absurd (like Pippi). He's not ready for Harry Potter, and I can't stand any of the Chronicles of Narnia (the allegory gives me a rash). He might be ready for some Cornelia Fudge...

What do you recommend? What did you like when you were a kid? What do your kids/grand kids like?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

black beauty
wind in the willows
wizard of oz
peter pan - there are different "official" versions
BFG - thought there are nasty giants

- - - jo

Bojan said...

What Jo said and

Igraine the Brave
Little Prince
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
James and the Giant Peach

Bojan

Words Words said...

Thanks, guys. This really helps.

Igraine the Brave, I don't know that one. What's it like?

Anonymous said...

also ...

Stuart Little
Flat Stanley (very short 2 book series)

jo

Bojan said...

It's a Cornelia Funk book about a princes who wants to be a night her brother magician and her parents magicians who accidentally turned themselves into pigs in the middle of a siege :) It's fun. Dannika and I read it in a day.

Anonymous said...

That of course should be princess and knight...

Words Words said...

Spelling forgiven. When one comments on blogs at 5:45 in the morning, one doesn't worry too much about these things.

How is the baby sleeping, Bojan?

Anonymous said...

Also Swallows and Amazons - a long (5 book?) series dating from 1930s about an adventurous group of kids in the lake district of jolly old E. Dated but good though perhaps too old. I don't think there are scary bits

jo