Saturday, December 18, 2010

Books from childhood

My 12-year-old niece is staying with us for a few days. She's a big reader who's ploughing through Harry Potter a second time because she ran out of books. This got me thinking about the books I enjoyed before high school English lessons spoiled reading for me. To be honest I was generally more interested in Lego than in books, but here are a few I remember:

  • The Little Grey Men by B.B. (gnomes stuff marshmallows into the hold of a toy ship and go on a quest)
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (loved the first book, lost interest in the rest)
  • Baby Island (sisters aged 12 and 14 are shipwrecked on a desert island with four babies)
  • Mandy by Julie Andrews Edwards (orphan spruces up an abandoned cottage) (written by the Julie Andrews)
  • Naughtiest Girl in the School and Malory Towers by Enid Blyton (boarding school heaven)
  • Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder 

2 comments:

Tez Miller said...

I didn't like high school English, either. All that ANALYSING and ESSAYS and TIME...

Keith Stevenson said...

I used to read a lot of 'Alfred Hitchcock's Three Investigator books. Kind of like Scooby Doo but with three boys who had a cool junkyard hideout. That and Armada ghost story collections and retellings of norse, roman, greek and egyptian myths by Roger Lancelyn Green. In fact I picked up his Tales of the Greek Heroes which had been reissued by Penguin last year, 50 years after the original publication. Great stuff.