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Authors of top illustrated chapter books & why Wendy Milton is a good choice

As your child transitions from a beginner to an advanced reader, kids’ chapter books become the reading material of choice. But chapter books come in different styles and content, so which ones are right for your young reader? Generally speaking, children are ready to transition to chapter books at around age 7 or 8, but whereas some dive naturally into chapter books, others will struggle when books become longer and harder to follow.

One author has worked out the perfect juxtaposition between illustrated books and chapter books to help bridge this gap. Wendy Milton combines chapter books with illustrations, which is just the safety net some children need to progress.

Wendy wrote the well-known “Zach’s Story” series: (1) Angel of Fire, (2) Sophie’s Return, (3) Nemesis, (4) Spooks and (5) Finding Cathcart. According to Sound Telegraph, Angel of Fire, the first book in the series, is: “a lively, up-beat tale for young readers aged 8 to 12 years who like action, quirky characters and a good dose of humour”. There’s also The Boy Who Disappeared and Rafferty’s Rules – a two-part story – and five wonderful, stand-alone titles: The Doolally Kid, Missing Uncle Izzy, A Stitch in Time, The Enchanted Urn and Taking Stock.

For kids who love to laugh, you can’t go wrong with Wendy’s illustrated chapter books. She builds detailed, fully-immersive worlds and her stories are full of mystery, intrigue and humour that will entertain and amuse children. Her colourful characters and otherworldly tales will appeal to 8 to 12 year olds, in particular. Wendy currently sells her novels in Australian bookstores, with international customers ordering her paperbacks and eBooks through Amazon and other online retailers. You can go directly to Wendy’s Amazon page by clicking on this link.

Baden Bower