Books for Boys – Series Fiction for Elementary School Boys


David Adler sent me an advanced copy of his new series, Danny’s Doodles.  His first book, The Jelly Bean Experiment follows the antics of two extremely different personalities, Danny and Calvin.  According to Danny, “My new friend is 100% weird.”   Danny is an average baseball playing fourth grader.  When Danny and Calvin team up for an experiment it  is anything but average.  The result the beginning of a friendship… a dynamic duo for a new series  of  books for boys.

Unfortunately, the next book in the series, The Donut Dilemma won’t be published until the fall of 2014.   Check out the books below for other ideas.


Adventures of Jo Schmo by Greg Trine and art by Frank W. Dormer – Wait a minute… the main character is a girl.  Yes, but one book is called Wyatt Burp Rides Again… and she’s a superhero.


Alvin Ho by Lenore Look and illustrated by LeUyen Pham – With titles like Allergic to Girls, School and Other Scary Things, Allergic to Babies, Burglars and Bumps in the Night, and Allergic to Camping, Hiking and Other Natural Disasters…   readers are destined to find a title highlighting their greatest anxiety.  If you want your home filled with laughter, buy Alvin Ho.


Calvin Coconut by Graham Salisbury and illustrated by Jacqueline Rogers – Most boys I know live in North Carolina or Georgia.  A book about Calvin who lives close to the beach in Hawaii is exotic.  Kung Fooey,


EllRay Jakes  by Sally Warner and illustrated by Jamie Harper – Straight from the publisher Penguin’s website.  “From trouble with bullies to the need to impress friends, EllRay Jakes finds himself in situations that young boys can relate to.”


George Brown, Class Clown by Nancy Krulik and illustrated by Aaron Blecha – What boy doesn’t find burping, toilets, wedgies, and boogers funny?  These subjects and more are covered in this series of 11 books.


Hank Zipzer by Henry Winkler (best known as the Fonz) and Lin Oliver and illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson.  It’s hard not to be a winner with the Fonz as the author and titles like Barfing in the Backseat.   The Hank Zipzer website states, “Inspired by the true life experiences of Henry Winkler, this winning series about the world’s greatest underachiever is funny, touching, and deals with learning differences in a gentle and humorous manner.”


Stink by Megan McDonald and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds – Stink is the brother to Judy Moody, a popular series first published in 2000.  According to Megan McDonald, his own series was conceived when she walked into a classroom yelling, “Stink! Stink! Stink!”


The Time Warp Trio by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith – I’m getting lazy, but I’m honest… giving credit where it is due.  This is straight from Wikipedia.  “The Time Warp Trio is a book series written by Jon Scieszka and illustrated by Lane Smith and later by Adam McCauley, which chronicles the adventures of three boys – Joe, Sam, and Fred – who travel through time and space with the aid of the mysterious Book.”

Disclaimer:  I’ve only read the first chapter of most of these.  But various friends promise me their boys love them.

The Tooth Fairy is Overextended


The tooth fairy neglected to arrive three nights. Not one, not two, but three times!

Afraid to let me pull her first tooth, ML went to bed with it hanging by a thread. The next morning, she had a gap in her mouth, but no tooth to show for it. It wasn’t under the bed, lost in her sheets, inside her pillow case, or on the floor. We concluded she swallowed it sometime in the wee hours of the morning. We decided the tooth fairy didn’t come because she had finished her rounds for the night.

The second and third time the tooth fairy didn’t arrive on time were last week. Tuesday evening, I tried to pull her tooth. She refused my offer. On Wednesday morning, she asked me to pull it. That night she spent the night with her friend. She rushed home from camp on Thursday finding her tooth, not money. We decided it was because ML spent the night away from her tooth.

ML awoke on Friday morning. Once again her tooth was there. She thought it was because she spent the night on the living room floor, not in her room. On Friday evening, ML sealed her tooth in an envelope. She took it to her Dad’s house and planned to put it under her pillow. If the tooth fairy doesn’t come, we will know our other theory is true. . . the tooth fairy is on vacation.

There are numerous easy reader books about losing teeth. . . Makes sense as most kids are learning to read at the same they are losing teeth.

Our favorite easy reader teeth books include
Young Cam Jansen and the Lost Teeth by David Adler and illustrated by Susanna Natti
The Magic School Bus and the Missing Tooth by Jeanette Lane and illustrated by Carolyn Bracken.

There are some funny picture books about teeth. In Clarabella’s Teeth by An Vrombaut , a crocodile and her friends brush their teeth together in the morning. Her friends finish and go out to play, eat lunch, play some more; but Clarabella is still brushing her teeth. She finishes as her friends are getting ready for bed and brushing their teeth. Thankfully, she has kind, smart friends who solve the problem of her missing out on fun because it takes so long to brush her teeth.

Rod Clement’s Grandpa’s Teeth is a hilarious account of missing false teeth. They turn up at the end of the story. You’ll never guess where.