When we got back from our holiday we had a few quiet days at home and on one of those days we went to a local library. We live near the border of another local authority and usually go to the library in the other authority, because it used to be closer at our old house than any of the others. Now it’s probably not the closest, but it’s not far and I am often driving past, so it’s convenient. This time we decided to go to one of the libraries in our own authority, which we hadn’t been to for a while. They have a much more generous borrowing policy: H can get out 32 books I think.
As the library was new to H there were loads of books he hadn’t read there and we borrowed quite a few of them to go home with (although not as many as 32 thankfully). What these books all have in common is that they are part of a series. He saw some Beast Quest and Sea Quest that were either new to him or that he hadn’t read in a while and decided he’d like to have a few of those to read. He’s been reading both series for a few years now and he really enjoys them. He knows they are formulaic, but that doesn’t stop them being an exciting read. There are loads of these books, so they are great ones to try to get a reluctant reader interested in.They are written by a team of authors under a pen name, so they are continually being produced. H can read one in under an hour, so they are a fast read.
H had asked me to order The Diary of a Wimpy Kid from the library and we had been waiting for it to arrive. At the other library though they had it on the shelf with quite a few more from the series and H is now a big fan. H says ‘it’s an interesting book’ which doesn’t really help you get a feel for it. It’s the story of Greg and his family, there’s humour and it takes an interesting look at family and school life. H read 4 of these back to back when we got home from the library – I think that says a lot.
H has enjoyed the Robot Races series too. These books are action adventure stories about races with battles in them: perfect boy reading.