Planet Tad, although awesome in its own right, is clearly part of a sub-genre of young adult books… the “journal” or “vignette” type of short scene book. Here we list a bunch of other books that you might like if you enjoy Planet Tad.
by Jeff Kinney
As far as I know, Diary of a Wimpy Kid launched this genre of books. But if Jeff Kinney didn’t launch the genre, then he most definitely brought it into the spot light.
Like the Harry Potter books for young adults, these are no-brainers. Your kids will read them and love them. You will read them and love them. Much of the charm comes from the liberal use of simple cartoon illustrations throughout the books.
by Ursula Vernon
Dragonbreath follows Danny Dragonbreath as the only mythical creature in a school for Reptiles and Amphibians. Even though we are dealing with creatures and animals here, the school theme will feel quite comfortable to a new middle-schooler. Though not quite a journal-style book, Dragonbreath is liberally illustrated with large, cartoon graphics that bring the characters to life. I believe there are currently 6 books in the series and my 5th-grader has enjoyed them quite a bit.