This feature, in which we recommend books based on what you tell us in an email, is going to be around throughout our summer vacation. I am trying to catch up on all the kind people who have been patiently waiting for a recommendation. If you have specific questions, needs, or desires (my child is a reluctant reader who loves carnage but hates cats) send it to us here, and we will do our best to recommend the right book for you. And, as always, please don’t hesitate to put in your own recommendations!
All right, team: we’ve got a 6-year-old boy who absolutely loves movies and stories, but can’t stay interested in chapter books. He liked the Magic Treehouse books, was motivated by getting the stamps in he passport, and loves exciting things but can also get scared (who can’t?).
My thoughts are simple: go for pictures, and go for cliff-hangers. Voila!
OK: I can’t say that the parents here will enjoy reading these. But maybe the boy will! These books mean well, and they’re exciting, and they’ll pull him along in the story. Along these lines, the Boxcar Children might be a good choice—the tension of solving the mystery has grabbed more than one reluctant reader. Any other ideas?