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A Question to The Child In All Of Us...

What were your favourite children books as children?

I'm talking about the ones that you re-read, and could still read now. Books that absorbed you and made you want to read them more and more.

For me it is probably these:

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
Charlie & The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Norby: The Mixed Up Robot by Issac Asimov

an honourable mention goes to The Machine Gunners by Robert Westall, as well as the rest of Dahl's output. Also a book which I loved when I read and had a profound impact on me... but that I can't remember the author to, or even if I know the correct title. I believe it was called Tomorrows World, and was a sci-fi novel with two children at the center. The lead character, a girl, whose father had created a machine (called C3, short for some three word name) that controlled the weather, and the very lives of the people in their city. Eventually it was out of control and had to be stopped, but it destroyed itself after it accidentally blinded her while tring to kill her friend. It was such a well done story. Any recognise it? Please tell me...

Also I found, as I worked over this entry in my head, that it wasn't just single stories that affected me, but certain areas of fiction. Specifically: short stories - esspecially those of Stephen King and Issac Asimov, but mostly any sci-fi short from the 50's. It is really a lost art...

What about you?

[edit = I FOUND IT!! It only took going through all the damn books in Amazon's Childrens section with Tomorrow in the title to find it! *dances* It's called The Tomorrow City by Monica Hughes... yaaaay


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22nd Sep, 2005 12:14 (UTC)
i loved the poem's from where the sidewalk ends by shel silveerstein. also, i loved all dr. suess books, but probably horton hears a hoo, the lorax, cat in the hat, green eggs and ham, and oh the places you will go! the most. and i loved the berenstein bears series. i had every one of them.
22nd Sep, 2005 12:26 (UTC)
also, there was a book called make lemonade by someone with the last name woolfe that i loved. there has to be more though, my memory has just failed me.
22nd Sep, 2005 13:34 (UTC)
where the wild things go

22nd Sep, 2005 18:59 (UTC)
Oooo yes! How could I forget that?

I used to have a plushie of the main monster in that...
22nd Sep, 2005 13:43 (UTC)
There was a series of books...fuck I wish I could remember the name...don't have time to look them up right now.

But it involved the dad making a time machine. Rawr. I'll remember while I'm at work, I'm sure.
22nd Sep, 2005 17:18 (UTC)
A Wrinkle In Time and the whole "time" series by Madeleine L'Engle, but especially that first book...
The Giver by Lois Lowry.
22nd Sep, 2005 17:42 (UTC)
The Giver by Lois Lowry
Beyond the Paw Paw Trees: The Story of Anna Lavinia by Palmer Brown
The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Anderson
The Black Cauldron series by Lloyd Alexander
Anything by Chris Van Allsburg
Discovery of Dragons by Graeme Base

and then a lot of other illustrated books that would take too long to list on here.
22nd Sep, 2005 18:44 (UTC)
Anything by Hans Christiaan Andersen

The famous Five-series from Enid Blyton (I cried and cried in the library when they didn't have fresh ones in our library.)

Pluk van de Petteflet by Annie M.G. Schmidt (I Googled for an English translation, and apparantly, there hasn't been made one! o_O What a shame.)

Anything by Thea Beckmann (luckily, her works háve been translated)

When I had read most of our little library in the village I grew up in, I got só bored, that I switched to Stephen King. :)
22nd Sep, 2005 22:28 (UTC)
The Monster's Ring by Bruce Coville
23rd Sep, 2005 18:17 (UTC)
The Narnia Chronicles, definitely.

The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by Tolkien
A book about a girl who dressed as a boy to go to university in the middle ages that I can't remember the name or author of
Star Trek novels (they were my fathers! But, also, I'm just a big dork.)

As far as really little kids books, I used to read what were called Golden Books (they had a strip of foil down the spine) and I read probably 200 or so of them. Plus Seuss and such.
6th Jan, 2006 21:12 (UTC)
I loved the Dahl books, too. Most kids didn't touch them, but I thought they were awesome. My mom and I used to roar when we read The Twits.
6th Jan, 2006 23:15 (UTC)
Oh Dahl rocks my socks. He even managed to make his autobiograhies fun and easy to read.

Recently kids books have become more popular, and I think that is in large part due to authors being like Dahl: unafraid of what they put on the page, writing for the kids, not worrying about the parents thoughts.

The Twits was good, but I always prefered The Witches, and of course the two Charlie books.
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