'Little Lemur Laughing' By Joshua Seigal is a riotous romp of different poetry forms which are bound to make children laugh. Poetry is also a great way in for reluctant readers AND it is really made to share and say out loud so there's lots of opportunities from just a little Lemur laughing book here.
'The Song of Seven' by Tonke Dragt who is a Dutch writer. She interestingly became a writer when she had been imprisoned in a Japanese camp and begged some paper so she could start to write.
'The Song of Seven' is a tale about a teacher who discovers that others around him are not what he seems and embarks on an adventure which he then starts to share with his class. He becomes a tutor for a young boy who lives in the 'house of stairs' in the care of his uncle who is otherwise known as the 'fiendish foe'. It's a gentle read just like her other books-I've enjoyed all that I've read so far. The story is an adventure story peppered with humour and a depth to it which you have to think about-which is real and which is fantasy? There's lots of tradition in the story too and it's rather good 8+.
Lastly is this little beauty 'The Cherry Pie Princess' by Vivian French. This is so funny and will raise a smile -it's a read that has many layers. It's helpful to know the basics of fairytales as you'll get more out of it if you do but it's a funny story with well written characters in it but also has elements that really make you think and lots of very dry humour so it's a great read for EVERYBODY. Princess Peony loves reading, is good, kind but sassy and curious and sticks up for people. Her family are pretty much the opposite-her Dad puts everybody in prison if he doesn't like them, her mum is a little bit fey and her sisters are interested in themselves and clothes... a bit modern celebrity really! So it's up to Princess Peony to save the day when her little brother is about to be christened and the wicked old with is NOT invited to the christening-ring any bells? Lovely bit with the good fairies who haven't done magic for a while and are a bit rusty. It's not just a girly book-it has some good messages in so don't be put off by the princess title, there's more to it than princess and girly.