Oh my goodness.
Have you seen the Mercy Watson books by Kate DiCamillo?
MeiMei LOVES them.
So far we've read the first two. They are absolutely zany.
These are set up as short chapter books, but the length is such that we easily finish them in one sitting.
And just in case you didn't realize.... Mercy Watson is a pig. As in an actual pig. Who lives with the Watsons.... kind of as if she were their child. lol
Excellent for a young reader-- either in the "you read to me" stage or the "I'll read it myself" stage. :)