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Books for a 4 year old boy

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kittylester Sat 04-Jun-16 09:59:22

Our younger grandson (aged 4) shows little interest in books. He and his sister have a couple of stories every night and she will ask for stories or 'read' to herself during the day but he is too busy being physical - currently he is a Ninja Turtle jumping down stairs etc.

He has a good imagination, enjoys playing board games etc and is starting 'big school' in September. His number skills are advanced for his age (according to playgroup)

Has anyone any suggestions for books that will 'grab' him?

rosesarered Sat 04-Jun-16 10:04:59

Yes, anything at all by Julia McDonald ( The Gruffalo, Superworm etc.) well written and beautifully illustrated.

rosesarered Sat 04-Jun-16 10:05:46

My DGS is exactly the same age, and he loves them over all his other books.

Anya Sat 04-Jun-16 10:22:06

GS3 at that age loved the Meg & Mog books. In particular he was fascinated by Jan Pieńkowski's colourful illustrations He also taught himself to read before he went to school by following the simple words.

Anya Sat 04-Jun-16 10:23:05

PS his reception teacher was surprised when he could read the word 'cauldron' wink

rosesarered Sat 04-Jun-16 10:33:26

Yes, Meg and Mog, also ( how could I forget) the Mog books by Judith Kerr, also by her The Tiger Who Came To Tea.

kittylester Sat 04-Jun-16 11:00:29

Thanks for those suggestions.

We have most, if not all, the Julia Donaldson books but I had forgotten Meg and Mog - his mum lived those. I'd also forgotten The Tiger Who Came to Tea which we had and seems to have been borrowed by one of the others.

nanaK54 Sat 04-Jun-16 11:06:11

Can I recommend 'Oi Frog' it has a strong rhyming text and is very funny too

Anya Sat 04-Jun-16 11:12:45

Yes! Love 'Oi Frog!'

NanKate Sat 04-Jun-16 11:14:06

Our boys love Night Monkey, Day Monkey, that could be Julia Donaldson. Also The Jungle Run, there is a map at the front and the boys race each other with their fingers before I start reading. They also choose which character they are going to be and ..... You get my drift Kitty

Greyduster Sat 04-Jun-16 11:27:46

My GS loved the stories of Winnie the Witch and her cat Wilbur. They are very funny stories and the illustrations are wonderful. The Katie Morag series is good too. Simon Bartram's Bob and Barry's Lunar Adventures (especially "A Right Royal Disaster"!). If he likes rhyming stories, The Snail and the Whale (we loved that one) and, if you can get hold of it, The Baby in the Bubble is very funny. And, of course all the ones already mentioned upthread.

LullyDully Sat 04-Jun-16 11:32:20

Where the Wild Things are,(That night Max wore his wolf suit and made mischief of one kind and another)
Anthony Brown's Gorilla, Dinosaurs in Underpants. Anything a bit anarchic. He may just prefer non fiction about rockets and trucks.
Anything with words will do, shopping lists, books about himself with photos made on the computer.
There must be some Ninja Turtle books, or make some on Publisher with him. Bet he likes the computer.

Jenty61 Sat 04-Jun-16 11:35:53

Dr Suess books..

midgey Sat 04-Jun-16 14:12:56

Hairy McClary.....from Donaldsons dairy, great series with plenty of disasters! Aliens love underpants is another good one.

rosesarered Sat 04-Jun-16 14:24:37

Ooops, wrong name ( I put McDonald) but you had the books anyway.Does he also like Thomas The Tank Engine, my DGS loves books about trains.
Does anyone remember The Patchwork Cat ? I wonder if you can still buy this?

kittylester Sat 04-Jun-16 15:13:21

Thank you all. They already have lots of books around but it is just trying to find something that clicks with him particularly.

I'm off to the book shop early next week! sunshine

Juggernaut Sat 04-Jun-16 15:30:11

The Dr Xargle series, by Jean Willis. If the family have a cat, he'll appreciate Dr Xargle's book of Earth Tiggers!
Also try Roald Dahl's Revolting Rhymes, boys usually love them!

kittylester Sat 04-Jun-16 16:38:43

Ooh, I've got Revolting Rhymes somewhere!

Luckygirl Sat 04-Jun-16 17:05:48

I have just been sitting with my 4 year old GS reading our way through a set of Julia Donaldson books that I got very cheaply from the Book People - it has The Gruffalo, Room on the Broom, Charlie Cooke's Favourite Book and lots more. He really loves them, partly because he remembers the text and it I stop for a second he fills in the gaps. Of all my GC he is the least likely to win Brain of Britain, but he is very engaged with these books - and he's very cuddly!

LullyDully Sat 04-Jun-16 17:25:33

Hairy Maclary is wonderful, repetitive and very funny.

kittylester Sat 04-Jun-16 17:52:18

I love the Hairy MacLary books too!! Reading to a child is so much easier when there is a rhythm to it. I used to dread being asked to read Thomas books to our children and I also hated Beatrix Potter (there I've said it blush)

I'll look at Book People Lucky, thank you. We've got most of Julia Donaldson's output but he just isn't interested. I've just talked to his aunt who is a teacher and passionate about children and reading and she said to ignore it and play story CDs. I'd also forgotten that he asks DD's partner to make stories up so presumably all is not lost!!

RedheadedMommy Sat 04-Jun-16 18:04:34

The Jolly Postman is a beautiful book with lots of special bits. There's letters you need to open, cards etc. It's amazing. We have the Jolly Christmas postman too.
It's about £10 but really worth the money.

LullyDully Sat 04-Jun-16 18:20:45

I think homemade books about him with the Turtles may be a last resort. Easy to ma's in PowerPoint or Publisher.

NanKate Sun 05-Jun-16 07:19:31

Kitty have a look at the books published by Barrington Stoke, they specialise in books that appeal to reluctant readers (and those with dyslexia). Waterstones sell them and easy to get online.

Pippa000 Sun 05-Jun-16 09:22:14

GS aged 4 ( just) has an ongoing fascination with tractors, in fact any farm machinery, so books with these in grab his attention. I have also downloaded books on to my Kindle, as they are very tablet literate, for both GCs. Their aunt (our daughter) buys them books at every opportunity the last one, for a recent birthday being The Dinosaur that Pooped a Planet, which GS loves!!!