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LornaDoone40
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 2:27 pm    Post subject: Favourite Childrens Books  Reply with quote

My favourite childrens literature (in no particular order):

1. Matilda - Roald Dahl (Frankly any of Dahl's childrens books, but this or the BFG, or Georges Marvellous Medicine, or.... )

2. The Phantom Tolbooth - Norton Juster

3. Where the Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

4. The Elephant and The Bad Baby - Elfrida Vipont (for very young children)

5. I Am David - Ann Holm

6. Charlottes Web - E B White

7. The Borrowers - Judith Elkin

8. The Chronicles of Narnia - C S Lewis

9. Little Women - Louisa May Alcott

10. Maurice and His Amazing Educated Rodents - Terry Pratchett  (Also Johnny and The Bomb/The Wee Free Men/Hat Full of Sky/Wintersmith)

Any other suggestions?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One solid gold classic and one more modern book which deserves to be called a classic:

1. Kenneth Grahame: The Wind in the Willows

2. Penelope Lively: The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

I still re-read them both. Often  
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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One solid gold classic and one more modern book which deserves to be called a classic:

1. Kenneth Grahame: The Wind in the Willows

2. Penelope Lively: The Ghost of Thomas Kempe

I still re-read them both. Often  


Oh, I had the most beautiful copy of WitW - rather than the edition with the full colour illustrations, I had a wonderful leather bound edition with prints of the original pencil sketches by E H Shepherd in 1931.

Have never read The Ghost of Thomas Kempe, but will certainly seek it out.


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 7:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of my personal favourites:

Alan Garner:
The Owl Service
The Weirdstone of Brisingamen
The Moon of Gomrath

William Mayne:
It
Earthfasts

Lucy M Boston:
The Children of Green Knowe
The Chimneys at Green Knowe
An Enemy at Green Knowe

Susan Cooper:
The Dark Is Rising
Greenwitch
The Grey King

Robert Westall:
The Cats of the Seroster
The Scarecrows
The Watch House
The Wind Eye

Penelope Lively:
The Whispering Knights
The Driftway
The Ghost of Thomas Kemp
The Revenge of Samuel Stokes

Tolkien:
The Hobbit

Older authors:
E. Nesbit
Richmal Crompton
L Frank Baum

Modern Authors:

Philip Pullman
Diana Wynne Jones
Terry Pratchett


On a side note, both J. K. Rowling and C. S. Lewis can kiss my balls – overrated crap.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2009 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anything by Arthur Ransome.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Susan Cooper:
The Dark Is Rising
Greenwitch
The Grey King


Well spank my butt and call me Shirley - I bought a one-volume edition of all five novels in that series just a couple of weeks ago: I remember reading The Dark is Rising at school. I haven't tackled the full monty yet, but I'm looking forward to doing so.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not having any kids off my own and all my nephs & nieces grown up and dispersed who knows where - and even the friend's and neighbour's kids I used to borrow to watch certain films now going to uni I don't get much chance of reading kids books any more.

Though I did buy what I thought was a sci-fi (OK, some say that's for grown up kids) book in a £ shop. It turns out that it was for 12 up. I was suitably astonished, it was a great story (about mobile cities), very well written and pulled no punches on what might be called "adult issues" (up to a certain point of course.)


I do enjoy the Harry Potter books and an pleased to see that there is some other good, well written, stuff for kids out there.

I never got round to Winnie the Poo etc. as a kid, was never read to and had my nose stuck in text books and sci-fi almost as soon as I started independent reading.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My kids are a bit young for some of these.

I loved Maurice Sendak

I would also highly recommend Noah's Rocket by Tony Frais - it's a wonderful take on the Noah's Ark story.

David Williams Mr Stink is recently published and is an absolutely wonderful kids book (it's David Williams aka Little Britain). Apparently its David Williams second kids book, but I haven't read the first one yet.

As a child myself, I was a big Little Women by Louisa May Alcott fan. Plus Tolkein of course.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

CS Lewis
Hate Harry Potter
Susan Cooper - The Dark is Rising series
Hate Harry Potter
Stephenie Meyer - Twilight series is suppose to be good.
Tolkien's Hobbit
Famous Five
Secret Seven
Philip Pullman
Roald Dahl
Winnie the Pooh
Flicka - can't remember the author though
Billy Bunter of Grey Friars
Robinson Crusoe, Black Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, Water babies
Holes
My son enjoys the Beast Quest books by Adam Blade
Hate Harry Potter

All I can think of at the moment
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 12:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Well spank my butt and call me Shirley - I bought a one-volume edition of all five novels in that series just a couple of weeks ago: I remember reading The Dark is Rising at school. I haven't tackled the full monty yet, but I'm looking forward to doing so.

The first of the series (Over Sea, Under Stone) is nothing special, a bit too Enid Blyton really, but don't be put off; trawl through it and read the rest.  The Dark is Rising, Greenwitch and The Grey King are all excellent.  Silver on the Tree is weird though.


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