© 2017 The Literacy Classroom 

Year 2 Recommended Fiction

 

Contemporary  Fiction

Badly Drawn Beth
by Jem Packer and illustrated by Duncan McCoshan

SO I’m stood on a stage in front of the whole school, I’ve got soggy noodles on my head AND MY MUM IS SINGING IN A TUTU…

Beth is back for another hilarious adventure. And with her school talent show, Dad’s karaoke superstardom, Mum teaching at her school AND a potentially evil childminder, life is messier than ever!

Frankie's Magic Football Deep Sea Dive
by Cressida Cowell

Frankie and his team love playing football. There’s always time for a game. And now that they have their magical football they’re playing against teams they never imagined!

During a visit to a holiday park, Frankie and his friends discover a theme park with a difference – each ride is a portal into an amazing fantasy world. This time, the magic football takes them all on an underwater adventure that asks Max to swim his best doggy paddle, and makes playing football a game against the tide!

Flying Fergus
by Chris Hoy

The first in a fantastically fun, magical cycling adventure series from Sir Chris Hoy. Fergus Hamilton, a boy who always dreams big, gets a rusty old bike for his ninth birthday from his mum and granddad. It’s not the flashy Sullivan Swift he’d longed for – but when it’s all cleaned up and he takes it for a test run, he discovers something amazing

The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Oliver Jeffers

Debut author Drew Daywalt and international bestseller Oliver Jeffers team up to create a colourful solution to a crayon-based crisis in this playful, imaginative story that will have children laughing and playing with their crayons in a whole new way.

Poor Duncan just wants to colour in. But when he opens his box of crayons, he only finds letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!

Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown, Blue needs a break from colouring in all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other.

The battle lines have been drawn. What is Duncan to do?

The Story Machine
by Tom McLaughlin

Elliott is a boy who likes to find things and, one day, he stumbles across a machine. At first, he can’t work out what the machine is for – it doesn’t beep or buzz like all his other machines and it doesn’t have an ON/OFF button. Then, quite by accident, Elliott makes the machine work. The machine makes letters! Elliott thinks it must be a story machine but, sadly, Elliott isn’t very good at letters and words. How can he make magical stories without them? But, wait, some of the letters look like pictures. Elliott is good at pictures and, as he discovers, pictures make stories.

Captain Falsebeard in a Very Fishy Tale
by Fred Blunt

Meet CAPTAIN FALSEBEARD and ADMIRAL SWINETOES

Bitter enemies of the briny blue!

When Captain Falsebeard discovers the legendary Crossbone treasure, he and his crew can’t believe their luck! Until, that is, Falsebeard’s arch enemy – the dastardly Admiral Swinetoes – determines to steal the booty – by any means possible.

This first picture book by hilarious new storyteller, Fred Blunt, is a swashbuckling tale of battling pirates, stolen treasure, mermaids and – parrot poo!

Cops and Robbers
by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

The robbers of London town plan a desperate crime one Christmas Eve – to steal all the toys they can lay their hands on! Fortunately, the robbers meet their match in brave office Pugh who leaps into action and arrests the villains – all except Grandma Swagg who manages to get away.

Burglar Bill
by Janet and Allan Ahlberg

Janet and Allan Ahlberg's hilarious picture book, Burglar Bill. 
Burglar Bill is an entertaining picture book by the iconic British husband and wife picture book team Janet and Allan Ahlberg, creators of Peepo! 

Who's that creeping down the street? Who's that climbing up the wall? Who's that coming through the window? Who's that? ... It's Burglar Bill.

Beauty and the Beast
by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Loretta Shauer

A captivating retelling of the nation’s favourite fairy tale, from the nation’s favourite storyteller, Michael Morpurgo.

After encountering a fearsome beast at a mysterious palace, down-on-his-luck merchant Marco is forced to make a promise in exchange for his life: he must persuade one of his three daughters to return to the palace in his place – but she must come of her own free will.

Beautiful, kind-hearted Belle agrees at once to return to the palace, and there she and the Beast exist companionably, with the Beast asking of Belle the same question at the end of each day: “Dearest Belle, will you marry me?”

After a return home to consult with her father, Belle resolves to follow her heart and return to the Beast, but her plans are thwarted by the trickery of her jealous sisters. When, at last, Belle is able to find her way back to the palace, she finds her beloved Beast lying as still as death on the ground. As Belle’s tears fall on his face, the Beast is transformed into a handsome prince – the ancient spell upon him broken by Belle’s tears of true love…

The Dark
by Lemony Snicket and illustrated 

Laszlo is afraid of the dark. The dark lives in the same house as Laszlo but mostly it spends its time in the basement, it doesn’t visit Laszlo in his room. Until one night it does. Lemony Snicket and Jon Klassen bring to light a universal and empowering story about conquering fear. Join a brave boy on his journey to meet the dark, and see why it will never bother him again.

Mungo and the Spiders from Space
by Timothy Knapman and illustrated by Adam Stower

Mungo is really enjoying his new book Galacticus and Gizmo Save the Universe. The dashing hero, Captain Galacticus, has just been captured by the evil Dr Frankenstinker and things don’t look good. Mungo can’t wait to find out what happens next, but when he turns over, the last page is missing! Who will foil Dr Frankenstinker’s dastardly plan? Who will save the universe now? There’s nothing for it – Mungo takes a deep breath and jumps into the story…and his very own space odyssey! With a lot of courage and a little help from a Vroom-101 spaceship, Mungo saves the day (and the universe) and becomes the youngest ever member of Star Squadron.

The Pea and the Princess
by Mini Grey

Once upon a time there was an enchanting fairytale about a prince who was looking for a real princess to be his bride. The only way to tell whether the many princesses who applied for the post were really royal, legend had it, was to see if they would be able to feel a tiny little pea through dozens of luxurious mattresses as they slept. Only the princess who emerged the next morning complaining of the extreme discomfort in which she had passed the night, could possibly be good enough to be the prince’s bride . . . All well and enchanting, but has anyone stopped to think about how all this might have felt for the pea in question? No. So here, for the first time, straight from the pea, is the truth about this much-loved, oft-repeated fairytale.

Dolphin Boy
by Michael Morpurgo and illustrated by Michael Foreman

Jim lives in a fishing village – but no-one goes fishing any more as all the fish have gone. One day, Jim spots a dolphin beached on the sand. He runs to get help, and everyone works together to return the dolphin to the water. Afterwards, the dolphin stays in the harbour, playing with the swimmers – and he even carries Jim on his back! Then the dolphin disappears, and everyone is so sorrowful they take out a boat to find him. Suddenly the sea is boiling with dolphins leaping out of the sea! They have come to stay – and the village comes to life with tourists, mended boats, and dolphins!

Katie in London
by James Mayhew

When Katie and her cousin Jack visit London with Grandma, they don’t think there’s much to see and do. But at Trafalgar Square they meet a talking stone lion and he takes them on a wonderful tour of the city, taking in such sights as The Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and the London Eye!

Traction Man in Here
by Mini Grey

With an action outfit for every occasion, Traction Man patrols the house. Whether he is saving toys (in latex space suit and Perspex helmet, teamed with Rocket Boots); searching the sink for the lost wreck of the sieve (in sub-aqua suit, fluorescent flippers and infra-red mask) or rescuing damsels in distress (in jungle pants, camouflage vest and a bandanna), Traction Man is never less than stylishly turned out and expertly accessorised. He is the last word in heroic fashion flair – until, that is, the day that he is presented with an all-in-one knitted green romper suit and matching bonnet by his owner’s granny. Can Traction Man overcome the humiliation of his desperately dowdy new look and rediscover the action hero within or will the burden of the knitted green monstrosity be too great?

The Pirate Cruncher
by Jonny Duddle

In The Pirate Cruncher, a so called fiddler leads the cut throat crew on a dangerous adventure for a chest of priceless jewels! But do they have a clue what lurks under and in the water of the mysterious waves of the deep dark seas? The pirate cruncher is an entertaining story for all ages with added humour and lots of rhyme. Look closely at the pictures for clues to the fiddler, cut throat crew and pirate cruncher!

Squishy McFluff:The Invisible Cat
by Pip Jones

‘Can you see him? My kitten? Close your eyes tight
His fur is so soft and all silvery white
Imagine him quick! Have you imagined enough?
Oh, good, you can see him! It’s Squishy McFluff!’

When Ava discovers an imaginary cat in the cabbage patch, she knows she’s found a new best friend. Together, Ava and Squishy McFluff get up to all kinds of mischief . . .

Told in full colour throughout, this is the perfect stepping stone from picture books to older fiction.

Pip Street: The Great Kitty Kidnap
by Jo Simmons

A hilarious new series, perfect for fans of Mr Gum, filled with black-and-white line illustrations. Bobby Cobbler’s family have only just moved to Pip Street when his beloved cat Conkers goes missing. As a mammoth-sized search begins, Bobby makes friends with the tiny and fizzy Imelda who lives next door. The friends soon discover that a lot of cats from Pip Street are missing. In fact so are the ones from Chip Street and Dip Street too! What on earth is going on? Something mysterious that’s for sure! Bobby is determined to solve this whiskery mystery and see the safe return of his pet, but little does he realise that the culprit won’t rest until Pip Street is completely catless!

Claude in the City
by Alex T Smith

Claude is no ordinary dog – he leads an extraordinary life!

When Mr and Mrs Shinyshoes set off for work, Claude decides what adventure he wants to have that day.

Today he and Sir Bobblysock go to the city for the very first time. They have tea in a cafe, go shopping and visit a museum. It is all very normal until… Claude accidentally foils a robbery and becomes the local hero!

Where the Wild Things Are
by Maurice Sendak

One night Max puts on his wolf suit and makes mischief of one kind and another, so his mother calls him 'Wild Thing' and sends him to bed without his supper. That night a forest begins to grow in Max's room and an ocean rushes by with a boat to take Max to the place where the wild things are. Max tames the wild things and crowns himself as their king, and then the wild rumpus begins. But when Max has sent the monsters to bed, and everything is quiet, he starts to feel lonely and realises it is time to sail home to the place where someone loves him best of all.

Man on the Moon
by Simon Bartram

The everyday story of an ordinary man? Well, sort of. Bob is the man on the moon, and he has a very special job, looking after the moon, cleaning it up, showing visitors around and selling souvenirs.

Into the Forest
by Anthony Browne

One night a boy is woken by a terrible sound. A storm is breaking, lightning flashing across the sky. In the morning Dad is gone and Mum doesn't seem to know when he'll be back. The next day Mum asks her son to take a cake to his sick grandma. "Don't go into the forest," she warns. "Go the long way round." But, for the first time, the boy chooses to take the path into the forest, where he meets a variety of fairy tale characters.

The Bear and the Piano
by David Litchfield

One day, a young bear stumbles upon something he has never seen before in the forest. As time passes, he teaches himself how to play the strange instrument, and eventually the beautiful sounds are heard by a father and son who are picnicking in the woods. The bear goes with them on an incredible journey to New York, where his piano playing makes him a huge star. He has fame, fortune and all the music in the world, but he misses the friends and family he has left behind. A moving tale of exploration and belonging from an exciting debut author-illustrator. 

The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark
by Jill Tomlinson

"Dark is exciting, Dark is kind, Dark is fun, Dark is necessary, Dark is fascinating, Dark is wonderful, Dark is beautiful, and Dark is of course SUPER!"

A heart-warming classic full of animal antics by Jill Tomlinson.

Plop, the Baby Barn Owl, is like every Barn Owl there ever was, except for one thing – he is afraid of the dark. "Dark is nasty" he says and so he won't go hunting with his parents. Mrs Barn Owl sends him down from his nest-hole to ask about the dark and he meets a little boy waiting for the fireworks to begin, an old lady, a scout out camping, a girl who tells him about Father Christmas, a man with a telescope and a black cat who takes him exploring. He realizes that through these encounters that dark is super after all.

Filled with gentle humour and comfort, Jill Tomlinson’s animal stories have been enjoyed by children who want to snuggle down with a good read for decades. 

Zoo Boy
by Sophie Thompson

Hello, Dear Reader. 
Are you sitting, lying down, standing on your head, eating a jam sandwich comfortably?
Then I'll begin...
I want to introduce you to a boy called Vince, whose birthday it is today...

Vince is an normal boy with an unusual dislike for animals. Well, you'd feel the same if your father was always working at a zoo and your mother had run off with a lion tamer.

Then, on his eighth birthday, Vince discovers he has "the gift". He can talk to animals! You think this is amazing? Perhaps you should meet the spoiled and demanding zoo animals that Vince encounters. There's a penguin who wants fish fingers, a flamingo that wants pink candyfloss and an owl that wants sugared mice. Now Vince is expected to meet their demands... on his birthday! But everyone seems to have forgotten about that...

A hilarious, delightful debut for 6+ readers by actress Sophie Thompson, with black and white illustrations by the wonderfully talented Rebecca Ashdown.

The House that Sailed Away
by Pat Hutchins

Poor old Grandma!

It had rained every day since she came to stay with Mother, Father, Morgan, the baby and Tailcat. But just as everyone was getting really fed up of being stuck indoors, the most amazing thing happened!

Suddenly the house started to shudder and rock - and then just floated off down the street and off to sea.

Before long, the family find themselves on the wackiest adventure ever! Hungry cannibals, blood-thirsty pirates, a kidnapping and buried treasure are just some of the hair-raisers in store. Will the family ever see dry land again or will evil One-Eyed Jake cut them into a million tiny pieces?

The Reluctant Dragon
by Kenneth Graham

A classic retelling of St George and the Dragon from the author of The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame.

‘Now, dragon,’ said the Boy imploringly. ‘You’ve got to fight him some time of other you know, ’cos he’s St George and you’re the dragon. Better get it over, and then we can go on with the sonnets.’ Everyone knows St George has to do battle with the dragon, but what happens when the dragon simply won’t fight St George?

The Reluctant Dragon is a funny story of bravery, friendship and derring-do. This children’s classic is made even more collectable thanks to the beautiful illustrations by E.H. Shepard, the artist behind the original illustrations for The Wind in the Willows and the man who drew Winnie-the-Pooh.

Dixie O'Day on his Bike
by Shirley Hughes

How will Dixie and Percy cope with the whizzing world of bicycles? And with a new friend coming between them, could there be trouble in store for our two heroes?

Expect crashes, smashes, bumps and bangs as our dashing duo race off on a new challenge...

These first chapter books from mother-daughter pairing Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy have one chapter for each night of the week and are full of maps, and fun extra activities.

“A witty and beautifully designed series for emerging readers” THE SUNDAY TIMES