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This one seems like it should be so easy, but alas I am so empty of ideas! Part of it is that this young gentleman loved everything by Roald Dahl. So we should just recommend something like that, right? But here's the problem—there's nothing in the world just like Roald Dahl, because he was so freaking amazing. Which puts us back where we started. Read on:
Looking for recommendations for an advanced 7 year old boy who has just recently enjoyed Stig of the Dump, The Talking Parcel, and just about everything by Roald Dahl.
I'm looking for stuff that he can read on his own, and/or I can read aloud at bedtime, when his 5 year old sister is also listening in. We're currently reading The Peppermint Pig and enjoying that too.
I have The Diddakoi and The Secret Garden waiting next, but after that I am a bit stuck!
They love most things, esp dramatic adventure stuff and things with lots of visual imagery.
He also adores Horrid Henry – but I hate it!!
Well. First of all, I'm just going to blame my current lack of intellect/creativity/brain on the heat, and get that out of the way. Then I'm going to try to figure out what this kid is able to read. The Secret Garden seems pretty advanced for someone who is 7, quite on the other end of the spectrum from Horrid Henry, but maybe he just has wide-ranging tastes and impressive ability. OK, then what does he love? Stories about kids on their own (Stig of the Dump, Roald Dahl) with adventure.
Oh how I wish I were able to pull, right from somewhere in my head, a book published by someone this year that would be just right for this kid (and his listening-in sister). But apparently the one that has taken possession of my brain won't let it alone, and it is this:
I apologize for not being able to hold more than one book in my head at any one time, but this one sprang there and wouldn't leave. I could just see him reading it, her listening (does he read aloud? However it happens), and the book is just so strange and perfect and amazing. And it's not too crazy for a 5- and a 7-year-old, in terms of being terrifying and too grown up and all.
But clearly, what this young man needs is a reading list, not just one book, so excellent readers all, please oblige him in the comments.