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Updated on July 27, 2018

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Best Books for Boys 7-10 years old

Over 30 years of reading later, and the three books I still remember the most fondly are the books I read as a child. I read these when I was about 7-10 years old and they have stayed with me ever since. I think the appeal of these children's books is that they have a pure story and fed my already intensely active imagination. Each of them is about discovery, invention and adventure and I would definitely categorize them as 'boys books' but believe that girls would equally enjoy them. These really are memories that I would want every child to have so if you have a young child in your family, do them a favor and make sure that they reads these books.

Little Grey Men

The Little Grey Men Children's Book
The Little Grey Men Children's Book

The Little Grey Men

A Tale of Rescue

A Quick Overview

The last four gnomes in Britain live happily by a Warwickshire brook. But when one of them decides to go and exploring one day and doesn't return, it's up to the remaining three Gnomes to build a boat and set out to find him. This is the story of the gnome's epic journey in search of their missing friend, Cloudberry and is set against the background of the English countryside, beginning in spring, continuing through summer, and concluding in autumn, when the first frosts are starting to arrive.


What first attracted me to this book was the forward where the author clearly states that this is not a book about tinsel winged fairies. Now that's the way to start a young boy's book! Fun, full of exciting action and funny moments, this saga in miniature is a journey of imagination that any reader, especially the young, will cherish for a life time.

The Little Grey Men

Little Grey Men, The (Julie Andrews Collection)
Little Grey Men, The (Julie Andrews Collection)

Both written and illustrated by Denys Watkins-Pitchford, The Little Grey Men tells the story of

the last four gnomes in Britain, all named after the flowers Baldmoney, Sneezewort, Dodder and Cloudberry. These friendly, little chaps live by a Warwickshire brook, enjoying the famously pretty English countryside.

But their little paradise encounters a tragedy when, one day, Cloudberry decides to set off on a day of exploration. He does not return.

Concerned about the welfare of their good chum, the three concerned friends pledge their commitment to go find poor Cloudberry. They decide to build a boat, which they christen the Dragonfly and set out on the water to discover and recover their buddy. What else would good friends do?

This saga of the gnomes' epic journey in search of a lost friend is both a good read and a valuable lesson is morals. The gnomes act in a way that values the worth of comradeship and shows the credit of acting responsibly. They band together to lend their aid to a member of their community who probably needs help. They do not leave poor Cloudberry to his own devices but, instead, pull together and decide to do the right thing by helping him. More stories like this would be good for all of us, not just for children.

 

Stig of the Dump

Stig of the Dump Children's Book
Stig of the Dump Children's Book

Stig of the Dump

About The Book

Barney is a solitary eight-year-old, given to wandering off by himself. One day he is lying on the edge of disused chalk-pit when he tumbles over, lands in a sort of cave, and meets' somebody with a lot of shaggy hair and two bright black eyes'. This strange primitive is wears a rabbit-skin loin cloth and speaks in grunts. Barney names him Stig and the two become fast friends the way that children do. They learn to understand one another, and together they raid the rubbish dump at the bottom of the pit, improve Stig's cave dwelling. Together they enjoy a series of adventures that are sometimes wildly improbably and sometimes extremely practical.

One of the things that I remember loving about this book was that, at the time, I really believed that something like this could happen. I had read many adventure stories about lost tribes in the Amazon jungle so why couldn't a stone age caveman be living in rural England? of course it could happen! To me, the story being grounded in the realms of possibility and not set in some fantastical, far away land or in a world populated with ogres and dwarves, made the story excitingly real. I kept imagining it happening to me and, as a kid that preferred to spend most of my time alone exploring our own rural farm in Australia, I kept hoping that it would.

This is just about the ultimate boy's book. Amazing. Amazing. Amazing. Simply a must read, I implore you to make sure that every young boy and girl has a copy of this incredible book.

Oh, and when you read the part about the can of 'Weed Killer' you will remember it forever, I promise you.

Stig of the Dump

Puffin Modern Classics Stig Of The Dump
Puffin Modern Classics Stig Of The Dump

Barney is a solitary eight-year-old, given to wandering off by himself. One day he tumbles over, lands in a sort of cave, and meets' somebody with shaggy hair wearing a rabbit-skin and speaking in grunts. He names him Stig. They together raid the rubbish dump at the bottom of the pit, improve Stig's cave dwelling, and enjoy a series of adventures.

Barney is a bored young boy staying with his grandparents on the chalk Downs of southern England. One day, he falls over the edge of an old chalk pit close to his grandparents' house, tumbling through the roof of a den. While exploring the den, Barney encounters its owner, Stig, a caveman with shaggy, black hair and bright black eyes. The chalk pit is disused and full of people's dumped rubbish.

Barney and Stig quickly become friends. They learn to communicate with each other without language, as Stig speaks no English. Stig's den is a place built out of discarded rubbish, which motivates Barney to help Stig make it look more attractive. They spend time repairing and improving Stig's den, collecting firewood, going hunting, and at one point catching some burglars who break into Barney's grandparents' house. Although Barney mentions Stig to others, no-one believes that Stig is real.

Barney starts to give thought to where Stig has come from. During a very hot, sultry mid-summer's night, when Barney and his sister Lou are unable to sleep, they find themselves transported back in time and out onto the Downs. To their surprise, they meet Stig, back with his own people, engaged in the construction of four gigantic standing stones. They spend a night camping out with the people of Stig's tribe, and helping to shift the final stone into position before sunrise.

 

Furious Flycycle

Furious Flycycle
Furious Flycycle

The Furious Flycycle

This was my absolute favorite book as a kid (and maybe still is to this day). It is a book that is so good that it doesn't even need a synopsis of the story, just know that any story with inventors, kid inventors, flying bicycles and Spitznagle's ice cream (Better than it sounds!) is sure to entertain and delight. I really can't express how much this book touched me or how much it influenced my life but let me say that, because of this book, I convinced several school teachers to take time out of their personal lives to help me study to become a mechanical engineer.

Follow-up: I recently learned that this book has a sequel! It's by the same author, Jan Wahl, and is called S.O.S Bobomobile. How I wish I had known about this when I was a boy.

The Furious Flycycle

The Furious Flycycle
The Furious Flycycle

A classic from bestselling and multi-award-winning children's author Jan Wahl. In order to rescue his uncle's family from imminent danger, Melvin Spitznagle, kid genius, puts his latest invention to the ultimate test.

 

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    • GetitScene profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Anderson 

      5 years ago from The High Seas

      I would love to know what your son's review is! I admit that I feel a little cheated by not having had the experience of reading it as a kid myself. Of course I will probably still read it now but, at 42, I'm sure it won't be the same, magical memory it would have been had I read it in my youth.

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      aethelthryth 

      5 years ago from American Southwest

      I have added it to my Amazon wish list.

    • GetitScene profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Anderson 

      5 years ago from The High Seas

      I just found out that Furious Flycycle has a sequel book! http://www.amazon.com/SOS-Bobomobile/dp/B002JLNUTG I cannot believe that I missed this growing up!

    • GetitScene profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Anderson 

      5 years ago from The High Seas

      I am so glad you and your son enjoyed it! I love this book dearly and keep praying every year that Pixar will bring it to the big screen so that everyone can enjoy it as much as I did. Fingers crossed for 2013!

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      Insightful Tiger 

      5 years ago

      I will definitely look into these books for my boy, especially after the great testimonial, lol. voted up and shared!

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      aethelthryth 

      5 years ago from American Southwest

      No begging for Lego Mindstorm kits yet. But he only finished the book about 3 hours ago. I think he started it maybe 4 or 5 hours ago. I had read the book yesterday, also in one sitting, and so today told him he needed to be reading.

      Son: "Do I have to read this book?"

      Me: "You can either read the book or sit there and do nothing."

      So he picked up the book, and there was silence. After about 30 pages, I asked if he would like to stop and look at a video. He said no, and then said nothing until about page 90, complaining that this was a hard chair he'd been sitting on all this time. He found a more comfortable chair and finished the book. This is a kid who could well be labeled as hyperactive, who could not be distracted from The Furious Flycycle!

      I was familiar with the author and illustrator, and can't believe I somehow missed this book when I was growing up. Thank you from me, my son, and my extended family, who will soon be hearing of it since I told my mom about it!

    • GetitScene profile imageAUTHOR

      Dale Anderson 

      5 years ago from The High Seas

      aethelthryth, I feel a bit embarrassed to admit this but, hearing that a child is getting to enjoy these books because of my article, actually made me have an emotional reaction. I was instantly a young boy again, feeling the same excitement I did when i read these books. How rare it is to get given the gift of childhood again. It means more to me than I have the ability to describe. Thank you!

      Did he tell you about the 'weed killer' can in Stig of the Dump? I still laugh till this day! The Furious Flycycle may change his life so don't be surprised if he finishes the book and then begs you to buy him some expensive Lego Mindstorm kits. PLEASE come back and let me know how he enjoys the books once he's done.

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      aethelthryth 

      5 years ago from American Southwest

      My 7-year-old is going quickly through Little Grey Men, on the recommendation of this article. He read Stig of the Dump in two days, and then started "playing Stig" building things. I guess we'd better look up The Furious Flycycle.

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