Is there life after Horrid Henry?

This seems to be a regularly asked question by teachers and parents. At one of the schools I work in, so many children who are really good readers (Stage 13+ of the Oxford Reading Tree) seem to find it difficult to move on from Horrid Henry. Good all Francesca Simon really seems to have got it right in terms of the subjects children like, a simple reading level as well as lots of pictures.

My feeling is that to stick with this formula is perhaps the best and not to try to leap from Horrid Henry to the Famous Five or other thick chapter books, however much we enjoyed them as children – it has to be a really gradual transition!

Try Ricky Ricotta, which although quite simple will show your child that there really is life after HH! Also the Geronimo Stilton books which have lots of pictures throughout the text and are great fun!



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