This list is for those of you who think that the Harry Potter books are too intense for your children, or if you don’t want your children to read the books.
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As I wrote yesterday, Harry Potter books (and movies) can be pretty scary and intense for younger children. If your child is intrigued by magic and fantasy, but you’re not certain she or he is quite ready for Hogwarts, here are a few fantasy titles they may be more comfortable with.
(Click on the titles to see full reviews.)
Top 5: Beginner Fantasy Chapter Books
1. The Cuckoo Clock by Mrs. Molesworth – age 5+
A very sedate and old-fashioned (1877) story about a girl who visits some magical places and learns to behave herself a little better.
2. The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum – age 5+
Quite different from the movie – a rambling, weird tale with a few scares and dustups along the way. (NB. some violence: see full review.)
3. Half Magic by Edward Eager – age 5+
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