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My Top Five Childhood Reads by Rick Yancey
The Grinch Stole Christmas is still popular in my school library. In fact
all the Dr. Seuss books are still much loved by my pupils. It’s funny I find it
hard to remember my favourite books as a child – I loved The Twelve Dancing
Princesses – dancing all night, yes please! But I also loved The Faraway Tree
stories by Enid Blyton. (Another author who is still read by my pupils today.)
- The Hardy Boys series by Frank W. Dixon. This series occupied an entire
shelf in my bedroom; I still remember the blue covers and the cheesy artwork.
Funny thing is now I can’t remember a single plot, but I do remember anxiously
awaiting each instalment.
- The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. I remember the day I got this book,
thinking, “Why does he have two middle names?” It was my first foray into
fantasy, after which I dived into Terry Brooks and the Thomas Covenant books.
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. What can be said? Well, this:
- The Grinch Who Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss. I saw the animated version starring the
voice of Bella Lugosi before I read the story. But I loved The Lorax and Green Eggs and Ham. Was never
crazy about Cat and the Hat (it made me nervous for some
reason). I am convinced now that my love of language, the way words sound and the way juxtaposition creates
unforgettable effects, began with Dr. Seuss.
- Encyclopedia Brown by Donald J. Sobol. A kid detective? And he’s smarter
than his own dad? And the author is kind enough to put the solutions in the
back of the book for thick-heads like me? Gimme!
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