I tried the books you suggested and they were not quite right but they lead me to other books that were! Hurrah!
I bot a lovely book that includes needles and one skein of yarn and it's full of little knitty projects that I think will keep him entertained long enough that he will be ready to get on with some bigger projects.
It's called: Knitting: Learn to Knit Six Great Projects.
Thank you so much for your help. I would never have found the 'perfect' book for him without you.