The Boys Top 5 Picks

Each month I’ll pick a different subject and my three Grandsons will provide their top 5 picks / favourites.  The boys are aged from 6 to 10 years old so you may see duplicates across their lists as they do actually like the same things sometimes!

February's Top 5 - Children's Books

For February I’ve chosen books. The 3 boys have provided their 5 favourite children’s books or series of books that they have read recently and enjoyed the most. I’ve provided a brief synopsis for each.

They are all avid readers and as well as buying books, G (Daughter) makes good use of the local library to pick up a wide range of children’s books for them to choose from.

Cas Reading

Grandson No 1 (F) age 10’s list:

Grandson No 2 (C) age 9’s list:

Grandson No 3 (Z) age 6’s list:

  1. Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth.  3 science fiction books, Divergent, Insurgent & Allegiant.  Set in the future, in a dystopian version of Chicago that has been divided into five factions with Citizens defined by their social and personality-related affiliation.  The protagonist and narrator is a sixteen-year-old girl from Abnegation named Beatrice Prior.
  2. Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz. Alex, an average British teenager whose life is about to change when his Uncle dies in a “car accident”. Unsatisfied with the official story, Alex investigates his Uncle’s death and finds out his Uncle was an operative for MI6.  Unbeknown to Alex his Uncle had been secretly training him and  now MI6 wants to recruit Alex to take over his Uncle’s unfinished business. 
  3. Bad Dad by David Walliams. Heartwarming story of how a boy and his dad who take on the villaneous Mr Big.
  4. Brilliant by Roddy Doyle.  Two siblings are concerned that the adults around them have become noticeably sadder. When the grown-ups speak sadly of “the black dog of depression,” the children assume that it’s a literal dog that has caused nationwide depression by stealing Ireland’s funny bone.  The children set out to retrieve the funny bone.
  5. A Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. About a boy named Greg Heffley and his struggles to fit in as he begins middle school, a satirical comedy for pre-teens.       
    I asked F which one he liked best – he said “them all”
  1. Bad Dad by David Walliams. Heartwarming story of how a boy and his dad who take on the villaneous Mr Big.
  2. The Lost Journals of Benjamin Tooth by Mackenzie Crook.  A budding botanist and scientist. He is only 11 years old but he is already nursing baby birds, mounting butterflies that he has caught and claiming that one day he will be remembered as the greatest scientist the world has ever known!
  3. The Windvale Sprites by Mackenzie Crook. About a boy who, after a storm, finds a sprite in his pond. After accidentally killing it, he starts looking for information which leads to the town legend, the warbler (a dead bird)
  4. Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan. Fantasy adventure and mythological, the only way Apollo can reclaim his rightful place on Mount Olympus is by restoring several Oracles that have gone dark.
  5. Billy and the Minpins by Roald Dahl.  The Minpins live in the forest in miniature houses inside a hollow tree.  They are all terrified of a Fearsome Beast – and if Billy wants to go home he must defeat it once and for all! 
  1. Plunge into the Pirate Pool by Caryl Hart.  Albie goes on a underwater treasure hunt, meets scary underwater creatures and makes some pirate friends.
  2. Superworm by Julia Donaldson.  Superworm, a hero to all the bugs, who is abducted and bewitched by wizard lizard, only to be rescued by his little friends.
  3. Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman. Aliens love underpants, but there are no underpants in space. So when the Aliens come down to Earth it’s simply because they want to steal your pants!
  4. How to grow a dinosaur by Caryl Hart.  When Albie’s Mum makes him help in the garden one day, he tosses down some dinosaur seeds. By the very next morning, the garden has turned into a jungle full of massive monsters.  
  5. Billy Button: Telegram Boy by Sally Nicholls.  Billy Button has always dreamed of being a telegram boy. He loves their smart uniforms and shiny bicycles, but he’s too young for the job. So when the regular telegram boy breaks his arm and Mr and Mrs Button are in urgent need of a new boy, Billy jumps at the chance to don the Royal Mail badge

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