Book List and Guest Post: Books FOR boys, reviewed BY boys.


I want to introduce my new boy book review crew. My son, newly 8-years-old, is in 2nd grade. He is a serious gamer and would be on screens 24/7 if he could. He plays Minecraft maniacally, while simultaneously watching a Disney channel tv show. This, of course, does not please me.

He does love reading. Until recently, he preferred to be read to, snuggled up in bed at night, using “one more page” to prolong bedtime. We read a mix of picture books, graphic novels, non-fiction and chapter books. I usually have pile of books to review and he’s my guinea pig.

Lately, he’s dived into graphic novels and hybrid graphic novels with great enthusiasm. I still try to read picture books with him and the occasional non-fiction, but I’m also enjoying “boy” books that I didn’t read with his older sisters.

2nd to 4th Grade Books Reviewed by an 8-year-old Boy

We had been happily reading the Tales of a 6th Grade Muppet series when he mentioned that he’s reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid at school independently. It occurred to me that I have a few of them on a bookshelf that his oldest sister had owned. I knew the POWER of Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Every kid I know has read the series, making parents stand in line on the release day of each new book. But I never experienced the power of this series … until now, that is.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid is truly a gigglefest. I don’t think any other book series my son and I have read together has made us laugh so much. I’m talking fits of laughter. Can’t read more, we’re laughing so much. Bedtime gets pushed up, not by 15 minutes but once by 2 hours when my son is reading Dairy of a Wimpy Kid.

“I’m not tired.”

“I’m READING!!!”

“Just a few more pages!”

“You never let me read!”

Typically this is music to my ears but not at 10 pm on a school night. Still, I have to admit I give him a few more minutes to read. Boys begging to read? Yes, that’s the power of Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney

I love it. Awesome. I think it would be good for 2nd to 4th grade. I like it because it’s funny.

Tales of a 6th Grade Muppet series by Kirk Scroggs

It’s not that interesting but it’s still pretty good. I like it that it’s really funny. It’s always so boring when they are talking about Eagle Talon Academy and stuff. I like all the funny parts but I expected the Comedy Showdown to be better.

4th – 7th Grade Chapter Books Reviewed by a 10-year-old

My young friend ABR (Avid Boy Reader) is a boy in PickyKidPix‘s 5th grade class. In fact, they’ve had the same teacher for six years now. When he was very young, perhaps first grade, he was a reluctant reader because I remember loaning a bag of our favorite picture books to his mom. Now, ABR is in 5th grade and reads voraciously, constantly running out of books.

We had a little discussion after school about these two books and he told me that he liked the Vincent Shadow book over Riley Mack. I’m glad that I tested these books out with a boy. I had an issue with Vincent Shadow — his character was pretty flat for me. It was the equivalent of reading a comic book in a chapter book format — the characters were not fully developed and didn’t really change from start to finish.

I had a different issue with Riley Mack. The characters seemed like little adults — kids that age, at least the ones I know, simply don’t act or think that way. Still, it had a Ferris Beuller’s Day Off sense of farsical adventure to it which was fun to read.

Riley Mack and the Other Known Troublemakers by Chris Grabenstein

This is a book about a 7th grader named Riley Mack and his friends who save trouble but are known for being troublemakers. Even though the plot is not that realistic, I liked this book.

Vincent Shadow: Toy Inventor series by Tim Kehoe

This book is about a kid toy inventor who enters his inventions in a contest. I recommend this book for ages 6-8.

PragmaticMom, Pragmatic Mom, Pragmatic Mom loves children’s books. When she covers education and parenting topics on her blog, KidLit somehow slips in. Did that happen again? You can find her on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and her blog.

Book List and Guest Post: Books FOR boys, reviewed BY boys.


  1. Thank you so much for the opportunity to guest post on your wonderful blog!

  2. great gift ideas! thank you.

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