Childhood favourites (Was Oh the horror!)
abhillel at hotmail.com
Thu Feb 6 05:33:46 EST 2003
Joyce Odel wrote:
>Five favorite children's books that I actually read as a child?
>Right off the top; Oz.
With you there, not a surprise seeing as we first met on the Oz list...
>The illustrators who followed him were Frank Kramer, whose
>work was distinctly inferior -- although easier for me to copy -- and
> >someone I cannot remember.
"Dirk". Also inferior. If contemporaries count, I like Eric Shanower a lot
as an Oz illustrator, he's clearly influenced by comics but is very in
keeping with Neill, I think...
>gave them a fine, chunky, "substantial" feel in the hand at least.
And an unmistakable smell. I'm certain I could identify a Reilly and Lee
book by smell.
>Next; Betty MacDonald's children's books. Nancy and Plum was recently
>reprinted by somebody or other.
Oooh, I only ever read the Piggle Wiggle books. "Nancy and Plum" was also
recommended on a list of Jaqueline Wilson's favorite children books, and she
had a lot of other books that I loved. I guess I should definitely look this
>Third; C. S. Lewis's Narnia stories, and let's hear it for Pauline >Baynes
Yes! on both counts.
>Fourth; Edward Eager.
These were a great favorite of mine in fourth grade, I think mostly I was
pleased to find a fellow E. Nesbit fan after I had finished reading all of
her books that I could find. Doesn't one of his books also contain an Oz
pastiche? And one definitely contains a parody on "Little Women"...
>Last...Why, the "color" series of Fairy Tale books
>edited by Andrew Lang, of course!
Yes, yes, yes! Me too!
>George MacDonald in
>particular. The Princess and the Goblin
And I grew up several decades after you (born in 1974). Either I was old
fashioned, or that's all I could get my hands on, or else I read far too
much when I was little. I also loved the "Doctor Doolittle" books, Noel
Streatfield's books, the Moomin books, and anything with horses in it. And I
did discover DWJ at a relatively early age - I think I read "Charmed Life"
when I was seven - but I only got hooked upon rediscovering her in my teens,
when I was actually able to buy some copies of her books instead of
borrowing them from libraries.
I also read a lot of Judy Blume books, but I grew out of realism. :)
Here's one more childhood favorite that I've almost never heard mentioned:
"Poor Cecco", by Margery Williams (more famous for "The Velveteen Rabbit").
Am I the only person who has ever read this book?
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