This is a post to collect the books that our 6-year old son loved to read by himself or read by us to him this year.
The year started with a renewed interest in the Dog Man series. He read all of them over and over again and finally got bored of them. Unlike the previous year, he is now able to read most of the text in the strips.
Carl Barks is the genius creator of the comics featuring all the Ducks: Donald Duck, Uncle Scrooge and Donald’s nephews. All of his Duck comics have been collected in the deluxe hardcover volumes under this collection. There are some great stories here, I loved reading them and laughing along with my son.
The stories all have a familiar arc where Donald Duck is an innocent dumbo who is saved by the quick wit of his nephews. The Uncle Scrooge stories feature his miserliness. Do note that many of the stories have outdated notions of Native Americans, Indians and other races.
These volumes feature Donald Duck and Uncle Scrooge comics created after the time of Carl Barks. The artwork and stories are longer and richer (think Tintin) and might be suitable for an older kid. I had to read the text out in these books to my kid.
Seeing this in his school’s library, our son started reading these longer fictional books. The stories all have a familiar arc where the siblings Jack and Annie use the magical books in a treehouse to transport themselves to different times in human history or places. Most of the books in the series also have Fact Trackers books that reveal the science or history behind the main feature of each book.
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