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What is your favourite children's book when you were a child,,?

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BabyBearRus · 01/11/2021 03:49

What is the best children's book of all time? Any reason why?

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LadyGAgain · 01/11/2021 04:50

Mine are slightly older. I LOVED the famous five and I can still remember how I felt reading them

DoesHePlayTheFiddle · 01/11/2021 04:51

The Little White Horse because of Maria's bedroom and the animals, Loveday Minette and Miss Heliotrope. And Marmaduke Scarlett. And geraniums and bees. Embroidered waistcoats. The details might be iffy 55 years on but the images are still with me. Sugared almonds.

MangoM · 01/11/2021 05:17

Mrs Frisbee and the Rats of Nimh.

It was my first ever experience of having read a book, then watching the film adaptation (and being disappointed as the book was so much better).

Naz2009 · 01/11/2021 05:29

The faraway tree by Enid blyton.
The original story written around 1940. Not the adaptation version
First read age 8/9, fell in love, as I drifted away into a fantasy land with each chapter.
I still have my book, in my bedside draw next to me.

LadyGAgain · 01/11/2021 05:37

Oooh the secret necklace by Enid Blyton. The mystery and the excitement of solving the puzzle is still with me to this day. I can't wait to read it to DD.

StTherese · 01/11/2021 05:39

The original books by Enid Blyton :
The Faraway Tree
The Adventurous Four series
Famous Five
Malory Towers series
St Clares series
Brer Rabbit series
The Naughtiest Girl in the school
The Children of Willow Farm

Also Marianne Dreams by Catherine Storr

As a young teen, we all used to read the Sweet Valley High books too.

polkadotpixie · 01/11/2021 05:53

I loved The Famous Five and The Rats of Nimh as a child. I was a teenager when Harry Potter came out but loved that too

YouHaveNoAuthorityHereJackie · 01/11/2021 06:02

Ballet Shoes and The Little White Horse for all the reasons @DoesHePlayTheFiddle has mentioned. Still my comfort books 30 years on and I assume it must be the same for my mum as she’s the one who handed me the copies like they were something really special. Thanks for this thread op, I have a strained relationship with my mum at the best of times so that’s a really nice memory you’ve just bought back.

IcedCoffeeAlways · 01/11/2021 06:05

@Naz2009

The faraway tree by Enid blyton.
The original story written around 1940. Not the adaptation version
First read age 8/9, fell in love, as I drifted away into a fantasy land with each chapter.
I still have my book, in my bedside draw next to me.

@Naz2009 100% agree 😍 My copy is so battered that it’s barely hanging together but I love the cover that’s on mine. I’ve just managed to track down a copy in much better condition and it’s now in my baby’s nursery bookcase in the hope that’s he’ll love it too 😊
Seeleyboo · 01/11/2021 06:10

jan pienkowski The Haunted House. I was a very neglected and abused child. I was sent to live temporarily with an Aunt who lived by the Cutty Sark. In the days when the council estate near the Ship was a shit hole and full of rubble. Next to the Cutty Sark was a book boat. I discovered that book im there. Had no money to buy it but went there daily to just sit on the floor and immerse myself. I was 5. How sad.

Dontfuckingsaycheese · 01/11/2021 06:10

Here. Such a beautiful book ❤️

What is your favourite children's book when you were a child,,?
What is your favourite children's book when you were a child,,?
What is your favourite children's book when you were a child,,?
Dontfuckingsaycheese · 01/11/2021 06:13

Of course I love Enid Blytons Moonface too ❤️ But this book is truly beautiful ❤️❤️

What is your favourite children's book when you were a child,,?
What is your favourite children's book when you were a child,,?
hellcatspangle · 01/11/2021 06:20

Charlie and the chocolate factory

Galaxyinmypocket · 01/11/2021 06:23

I loved the famous 5 if I had to name a top favourite

nameyouwhat · 01/11/2021 06:26

"little grey men" by BB
"Charlotte Sometimes " by Penelope Farmer
magical storytelling at its best.

nameyouwhat · 01/11/2021 06:27

Sorry meant to put moomins as well by Tove Jansson

Seymour5 · 01/11/2021 06:30

Another vote for The Faraway Tree. As an only child in the 50s, reading was my main pastime. So pleased my children and my grandchildren like books too.

BabyBearRus · 01/11/2021 08:19

Forgot to say mine. Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. I found it so magical. And Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. And the Outsiders by SE Hinton. If I was a kid when the Harry Potter books were released, then definitely would be on the list.

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Hopeisallineed · 01/11/2021 08:25

Rebecca’s World

PurBal · 01/11/2021 08:27

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

TheSpiral · 01/11/2021 08:33

Famous Five mostly, then A Little Princess, then The Dark Is Rising. Although had you asked me aged six or seven I would have said Four to Doomsday, which was a novelisation of a Dr Who episode. Not sure why…
I also loved Children of Green Knowe.

TheSpiral · 01/11/2021 08:34

@Hopeisallineed

Rebecca’s World

I have tried to buy that so many times and any available copy has always been silly money. I haven’t looked recently though, maybe I should!
Hopeisallineed · 01/11/2021 08:36

@TheSpiral yes, they are expensive now. I ended up buying the audio book for my kids as was much cheaper. They love it.

Disfordarkchocolate · 01/11/2021 08:36

I had a book with three stories by Frances Hodgson Burnett, I think The Little Princess was my favourite of the three. I loved them all though.

middleager · 01/11/2021 08:41

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The Turbulent Term of Tike Tyler

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