Flip The Story of An Otter is an obscure book but an old one which I loved when I went to elementary school. In fact, it's the first book I actually read as a child, and the library card was full of my name and no one else's. That in itself shows how much I loved reading it.
Swallows and Amazons absolutely mesmerized me. From the holiday in the Lake District, to camping on an island, to a war with savages, not to mention a scary pirate, this book is certainly at the top of my list. If I could time travel I think I'd choose this time period and this particular area in England. Pure fun!
What is a Moomin? A white, snuggly, Hippo-like creature who completely captivates your imagination. There is nothing more exciting than following Moomintroll and his family on their adventures, and meeting their group of rather eclectic friends, from the Hemulen the botanist, to the Muskrat the philosopher. This book is a brilliant imaginative creation and certainly a childhood favourite.
Milo and Tock go together like bread and butter, and what could make up a better story than one made from letters and numbers in a creative soup of adventure. The mission? To rescue Rhyme and Reason, yet what can a rather apathetic boy and a ticking dog do? Read and you will discover!
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe was the only one of the Narnia books that I read as a child but I remember being captivated by it. Sadly, when I read it as an adult, I couldn't revive the same feeling, but in compensation, I was able to draw out some of the more adult themes. I did finally read the complete series last year and my reviews can be found in my reviews master list on this blog.
Elmer from My Father's Dragon is a kid after my own heart. His inventiveness and persistence made me want to be more like him. Imagine using bubblegum to escape when faced with terrifying tigers! He's just awesome. There are two other books in this series: Elmer and the Dragon and The Dragons of Blueland but I think this first one is the best.
My grandmother owned this book and I can remember searching for it on her bookshelves each time I visited and curling up with it in the big easy chair. I remember absolutely loving it, but curiously I can't recall any details, which is why I have plans to re-read it in the next little while. I hope I still have the same nostalgic and fond feelings for it.
Who could not adore this bear-with-little-brain? I loved Pooh, I loved his friends and I especially loved the adventures that they had.
And the moral of the story? Care. And at the very least, never, never, never say, "I don't care," unless you are prepared for the fatal consequences. Sendak at his finest.
What would you do if you discovered a rather grumpy fairy who granted wishes? Surely your life would exceed your expectations, as you could now have anything you wanted. Yet these four brothers and sisters find that fondest desires don't always turn out as expected, and with the power to create reality comes an even greater responsibility. This book is hilarious and kept me laughing from beginning to end. It's the first of a trilogy, followed by The Phoenix and the Carpet and The Story of the Amulet.