The latest instalment in the Planet Omar series by Zanib Mian was published on 21st July, and Ultimate Rocket Blast offers readers a laugh out loud reading experience as they accompany Omar and his friends on an adventure that involves building a rocket for a competition. Omar is fortunate enough to have parents whose skills are a welcome addition to succeeding at the task at hand, but when someone starts to sabotage the competition entries the priority for Omar and his friends becomes finding out who is responsible. This is the fifth book in the series, all of which have been brilliantly illustrated by Kyan Cheng, with every page adorned with illustrative content to inspire even the most reluctant readers to pick up these books, and help early chapter readers to envision the story, and follow the antics as they unfold.
To help encourage fans of Planet Omar to continue their reading for pleasure between books in this series being published I have come up with the following list of books I recommend to those children that have enjoyed this series to date.
Diary of A Wimpy Kid Series by Jeff Kinney
There are over 15 books in this series to date, with follow the crazy life of Greg Heffley, and his family and friends, with illustrations throughout, and plenty of laugh-out-loud moments to make these memorable reads with a feel good vibe.
Tom Gates series by Liz Pichon
With book 20 due for publication this October, there are plenty of books in this series to dive into, all of which are perfect as standalone titles, and incredibly popular with early chapter book readers. The books are illustrated in fun, eye catching ways, and the humour awaiting readers will definitely have them coming back for more.
Charlie Morphs into a Mammoth by Sam Copeland
Main character Charlie is able to change into different animals, a secret he has successfully maintained in the previous titles in this series, Charlie changes into a Chicken and Charlie turns into a T-Rex, both of which I also highly recommend. In this instalment Charlie needs to discover who or what is causing local animals to disappear, but he is distracted by worrying about his parents arguing more and more, it is a fun filled, fast paced adventure for early chapter readers to embark on.
Anisha Accidental Detective Series by Serena Patel
With the sixth book in this series due for publication in September, now is the perfect time for children to dive into this series so far, with five incredible mysteries awaiting solving as readers accompany Anisha through a variety of different scenarios, and follow the clues to discovering the respective culprit. Like Omar, Anisha is a BAME character that allows under represented children the ability to see themselves in the literature that they are reading, which is incredibly powerful, and finally becoming more and more the norm. Authors Serena Patel and Zanib Mian offer award winning content to children whilst ensuring they represent those children that benefit from these incredible additions to bookstores and school library stock.
Diary of an Accidental Witch Series by Perdita and Honor Cargill
Book three in this series is due for publication on 4th August, and involves all the magic and mayhem we have come to love from the earlier two titles in the series. The books are funny, beautifully illustrated by Katie Saunders, and being shorter in length makes them more enticing to those embarking on their early chapter journey, as well as being jam packed in content as readers accompany Bea Black as she begins her experiences as a witch, in a town full of secrets, and on a school trip to a haunted castle in this lastest book, Ghostly Getaway.
The Treehouse Series by Andy Griffiths
There are currently eleven books in this series for readers to enjoy, with the twelve instalment due for publication in October. All of the book are eye-catchingly illustrated by Terry Denton. The number jumps by 13 in each instalment, beginning with the 13 storey treehouse, and going all the way up to the upcoming release of 156 storey treehouse. My son indulged in these books whilst in primary school and he has continued to delight in them over the years, making them perfect for transitioning over to high school as he is now in year 8 and still excited for the next title to be published. The treeehouse in the book adds another 13 stories to its size each time, and this newest instalment sees some festivity being added to the antics involved that will have children laughing-out-loud along the way.
Dork Diaries Series by Rachel Renee Russell
With over ten titles in this series, there is plenty to enjoy as readers accompany Nikki Maxwell and her friends as they go through all things girly, especially dealing with frenemies! There are brilliant illustrations throughout, and feature a diary layout at times, and bitesize chunks at others. These are incredibly popular books with boys and girls alike, and Rachel’s new series The Misadventures of Max Crumbly offering boys a male lead that has just as much adventure and chaos to endure as Nikki does, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy.