I’ve been doing some research (and by research I mean lots of browsing in book shops!) into books that are at the right level for the Year 3 boy I am tutoring. Most of his friends read short novels, but believe me, he’s not quite there.
Based on his fluency, word attack and comprehension, I’d say he’s around early Year 2 level. So when he began bringing out books like ‘Despicable Me – the novel’ and a few ‘Goosebumps’ newbies, I felt like I was bursting his bubble when I had to tell him ‘I think these are a bit too hard’ and suggest ‘Let’s do the 5 finger test to check’.
So, I bought ‘The Big Fat Cow That Goes Kapow‘, by Andy Griffiths. Silly, repetitive and obviously boy-ish…it was a big hit. It was such a hit that he was determined to read the WHOLE novel in one sitting. And boy, was he proud.
Here are the books that are next on the list:
The Cat on the Mat is Flat – Andy Griffiths
Barky the Barking Dog – Andy Griffiths
Ten Unlucky Pirates – Andy Griffiths
Hey Jack! – a series of books, by Sally Rippin
Gigglers – a series of books, by various authors (I’ll be at the library, choosing the most boy-ish ones!)
Aussie Nibbles – a series of books, by various authors (yet again, I’ll be choosing the grossest, silliest ones)
I’d love to hear your suggestions for any other books that are novel-like, but have a significantly lower word count on each page!