Book List: If You Liked . . .

Dear Reader,

We were listening to one of the Percy Jackson books recently and it reminded me  a lot of another favorite series of ours, the Sisters Grimm. So I started to think of what other books or series are similar and I thought I would come up with a list of suggestions along the lines of “if you liked such-and-such, try so-and-so.” So without further ado:

If you liked the Percy Jackson books by Rick Riordan, try the Sisters Grimm series by Michael Buckley. No Greek gods here but only fairytale characters galore as well as the descendents of the Brothers Grimm. I would say it is pitched at about the same level as Riordan’s books and has the same off-beat sense of humor which appeals to kids (and adults).

If you like The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall, try Saffy’s Angel and its sequels by Hilary McKay. But beware of some adult themes in the third book, Permanent Rose. See this post for more details.

If you liked the Ramona books by Beverly Cleary, try Gooney Bird Green and Anastasia Krupnik by Lois Lowry. Ms. Lowry is well-known from some more serious books (she has a few on the Holocaust for instance), but these ones are light-hearted and fun. And the Gooney Bird books are educational too. See this post or this one for more details.

If you liked Hotel for Dogs by Lois Duncan, try Zoobreak by Gordon Korman. The others in this series are good too. I am not really sure which series here is better known but since Hotel for Dogs was a movie, I am assuming more people will have heard of it. Neither series is what I would call quality literature, but both are fun and fairly harmless. My kids loved them.

If you like Roald Dahl’s books (think Willy Wonka, Matilda, the BFG), try The Willoughbys by Lois Lowry. It is absolute silly fun. The parents are trying to get rid of the kids and sell them with the house and then go and get themselves lost on a mountain. But it is all done in a silly British way so it’s okay, right?

Those are my suggestions. Feel free to add some of your own! We are always looking for new books.



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