Kids’ Book Club Takeover: Nine-year-old Khaled’s favourite reads

This month’s kids’ book club is brought to you by nine-year-old Khaled bin Mohammed bin Fahad, who recommends titles about dragons, Pokémon and Zombie-chasing children


At MCC, we’re passionate believers in the joy of reading and the power of books to help our little ones learn and develop. This month we asked nine-year-old Khaled bin Mohammed bin Fahad – son of MCC’s resident bookwork, Bessma – to tell us about his favourite books. Khaled is in 4th grade and attends King Faisal School in Riyadh. Outside of school, he’s interested in Pokémon, horse riding and learning new facts. He also loves reading, mostly about superheroes and Pokémon, and loves people reading to him. 

Khaled’s recommendations:


How to Train Your Dragon Movie Guide / Dreamworks / Hachette

How To Train Your Dragon Hidden World, The Ultimate Movie Guide, by Dreamworks, published by Hodder Children’s Books

“This book is about a fictional movie of Vikings from a place called Berk. They used to kill dragons and now tame them.

“I like this book because it has many facts about dragons. It explains how the Berkiens tame them and the strategies they use with their dragons to defend their homes.

“If you like to learn about dragons or you’re a fan of the movie,  you will like this book.”

MCC says: The How To Train Your Dragon books by Cressida Cowell, and the 2010 film of the same name, have been hugely popular with children everywhere and this book builds on that interest by offering facts, activities and the story of the film. If the children’s noses are kept in a book reading about loved characters, then it can only be a good thing.


Pokemon Annual / Farshore

Pokémon Annual, by the Pokémon Company, published by Farshore

“This book has story games and facts about Pokémon. It is published every year.

“I like it because I can learn more and also read stories and play games about Pokémon.”

MCC says: Never underestimate the power of an annual based around a popular character! While it may seem trivial to some, the book has lots of activities, quizzes and games that will keep children engaged. And the short items will help hold the attention of those with shorter attention spans.


The Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier / Penguin Random House

The Last Kids On Earth, by Max Brallier and Douglas Holgate, published by Penguin Random House

“This book is about four kids who were the last people in the world because a portal from another dimension with monsters and zombies came to the world and started to zombify everyone and they were the only people who survived. But don’t worry, it’s not scary. 

“I like the book because it has action and drama and it’s so funny.”

MCC says: From the New-York-based author of the Wimpy Kid books, this tells the tale of 13-year-old Jack Sullivan, who has survived a zombie apocalypse by hiding in his treehouse. There’s lots of action and monster-fighting as Jack attempts to set himself video-game-style goals and defeat the baddies. Crucially, with its lively illustrations and a great deal of humor, it is likely to engage the attention of even the most reluctant readers, who will want to know what happens next. Keeping them reading, as all parents know, is half the battle.


Does your little one have a book they’d like to recommend?

We want to hear from them! Email us at [email protected] and we’ll be in touch to arrange the details.



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