As a family with a first grader, third grader, and fifth grader, we sometimes struggle to find books that will keep everyone interested. Too often the books that my fifth grader are drawn to aren't ones that I'm too keen on having my first grader listen to just yet (think "39 Clues" or the final books of the Harry Potter series). So when a book comes along that comfortably bridges the gap AND is a series, I'm elated.
In the fun of summer reading, we discovered "Lion Boy" by Zizou Corder. Having knocked out the first part of this innocent adventure story about a boy who talks cat and is on a mission to save his talented scientist parents (who have been stolen away to prevent them from sharing their newly discovered cure for asthma), we are on to the second book "Lion Boy: The Chase" and eagerly anticipating the third, "Lion Boy: the Truth."
If you are looking for a family read that has enough adventure for the older kids and the wholesomeness we used to be able to expect from children's literature ... this could be your next read!