My favourite book from childhood is a tough question. The books that stand out the most are Enid Blyton books – the Secret Seven and the Faraway Tree books. I had a few copies of my Dads from when he was little, they smelt fusty and damp and I can almost smell the pages now. I loved the fact my dad had read these books too.
The adventures that all the characters had within the books was such a great source of imagination. I loved the faraway tree and the different worlds it visited. It was a source of wonder and excitement to read and find out more. I was awe struck.
Other books I enjoyed were Roald Dhal. I read Charlie and The Chocolate Factory, The Twits, Matilda – they were engaging and amusing and very clever. I think I have read them all, I’ve even read his short stories for adults (when I was about 14) and his autobiographies when I was younger too.
The lion, the witch and the wardrobe was also a book I loved. I have always liked the inscription inside:
“My dear Lucy,
I wrote this story for you, but when I began it I had not realised that girls grow quicker than books. As a result you are already too old for fairy tales, and by the time it is printed and bound you will be older still. But some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. You can then take it down from some upper shelf, dust it, and tell me what you think of it.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe
Even as a child I thought about this, how could you not want to read fairy tales? I sort of got it then. But I really understand now.
Michael Rosen has also been a big influence in my life. Going on a Bear Hunt was something we read and sang in school, the thrill of the squelchy mud and the wavy grass.
My favourite poem from Michel Rosen is Chocolate Cake. It used to make me smile, and laugh, and the anticipation got me every time. You can see Michael Rosen reading his poem here
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