Childhood favourites (Was Oh the horror!)

Ian W. Riddell iwriddell at
Wed Feb 12 15:08:25 EST 2003

>This is very interesting--I also always start my children's literature
>courses with getting the students to name their favorite childhood books,
>and I don't think that Blyton has ever come up.   
>Dahl only comes up very rarely (often, when my students are exposed to
>Dahl as adults, they're horrified by him.) 
>I often get the following (authors as well as books, obviously):  Judy
>Blume, Beverly Cleary, Dr. Suess, Where the Wild Things Are, Rainbow Fish
>(erg), Love You Forever (double bleagh),

I'm amazed at how many adults love this book and think that children 
will too. Don't get me wrong, I love Robert Munsch, his "Paper-bag 
Princess" "Stephanie's Ponytail" and "Thomas' Snowsuit" are some of 
my favourite books to read and read aloud. Kids adore them. Kids 
respond less enthusiastically to "Love you forever". I think it's 
some adults' idea of what kids will like - but it's just too 
heart-on-the-sleeve for kids to sit still for more than once.

who still can't believe he didn't add "How the Grinch Stole 
Christmas" at the top of his favourites!

Fairy tales are not true--fairy tales are important, and they are not 
true, they are more than true. Not because they tell us that dragons 
exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be defeated.
G.K. Chesterton

Ian W. Riddell
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