Books Read – Feb and Mar 2016

Month: Feb & Mar 2016 

Age: 7+  yrs 

Books Read: Children’s Fiction Books that Dar enjoyed

What’s Notable:

  • I purchased the rest of the series of Nick and Tesla and the Imaginary Veterinary from Popular Online.
  • I borrowed more library books (suitable for eight to ten years old) these two months from a few new series. As usual, links are affiliate links to amazon for you to browse the excerpts from the books.



Sophie Simon Solves Them All

Author: Lisa Graff

Sophie is a gifted kid but her parents wished her to be more “normal”. She really wished to get a good calculator but her parents refused to help her. Her friends are “normal” but their parents wished them to be better than they really are. Eventually, she helps her friends with her knowledge and got what she wants, finding out that having “friends” isn’t so bad after all. This is a nice short story about friendship and helping each other. I hope Dar learn some values of making friends while reading this.

Series – The Worst Witch

Author: Jill Murphy

#A Bad Spell for the Worst Witch | #6 The Worst Witch to the Rescue

Dar enjoys this series which actually is a classic published in 1974! It had been re-published numerous times and I like the latest illustrated covers. The character always ends up in a funny, awkward situation involving magic as she is a student witch at an academy for witches. Story is fun and engaging.


Series – Jasper John Dooley

Author: Caroline Adderson

#1 Star of the Week | #3 Not in Love | #4 You’re in Trouble | #5 Lost and Found

A series about a boy called Jasper with interesting daily adventures in school such as being the Star of the Week, friendship matters and trips. The reading level is too easy for Dar but he likes any stories to do with school, especially when the character is a boy which he can relate to.


Series – Blast to the Past

Author: Stacia Deutsch and Rhody Cohon

#3 : Bell’s Breakthrough | #2: Disney’s Dream

These are good to learn about the famous people while reading as the characters time-travelled to their era. The second book is about Walt Disney and the third is about the inventor of the telephone.


Series – All The Wrong Questions

Author: Lemony Snicket

#1 : Who could That Be At This Hour?

This was the first book in the series but he already read a side-story in Jan called the “File under: 13 suspicious incidents” and grew interested in Lemony Snicket as the author and also a character in the story itself. He is a young detective investigating a series of mysteries. I will be getting the rest of the series for him because Lemony Snicket’s queer story-telling ability appeals to us.

 Series – The Imaginary Veterinary

Author: Suzanne Selfors

#4 The Order of the Unicorn | #5 The Griffin’s Riddle 

I introduced this series to him since last year but he really only finish reading number 1 to 3 this Jan. After enjoying the first three books, these two were immediately read the moment I got them from Popular Online. The story seemed funny as he was chuckling at some point. Will be waiting for the sixth book in the series.


Series – Roald Dahl

Author: Roald Dahl

The Complete Adventures of Charlie and Mr. Willy Wonka

He was engrossed in this after I made him bring it to school for morning readings and speed read in almost a day.We ended up watching the movie Tim Burton made. From here, I’m going to slowly introduce other Roald Dahl books to him. Hope he would like them too!


Series – Melonhead

Author: Katy Kelly

*These are found in the 10-12 years old category in the public library but the text is easy to read.

#1 Melonhead | #4 Melonhead and the Vegalicious Disaster | Melonhead and the Big Stink 

These stories were fun and humorous to read and the characters are creative and inventive. The stories are quite everyday life tales where Adam Melon always seemed to get into trouble and think up creative ways to solve the problems. The dialogues with his friends and family are quite fun to read.


Series – Treasure Hunters

Author: James Patterson

*This is written for higher primary students but I thought the subject (treasure and ship) was interesting for Dar.

Treasure Hunters

The authors writes for more mature kids but the cute illustrations and the subject caught my attention. I introduced it to Dar who liked it enough to keep reading and finished it in about two days. It is a thick book but many of the pages were filled half with illustrations so the content might not be a lot after all. The story is a narrative first-person style and a bit queer to me as the adventures happen very fast and scenes jump from one to another. Dar seemed to get it and like it though.


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