Picked up from Leah, originally from Reading Matters.
Name your three favourite children’s series
I loved reading and re-reading Louisa M Alcott‘s books as a child and was a little bit in love with the whole of the March family, yes even Aunt March. I whizzed through Little Women, Good Wives, Jo’s Boys and so on at least twice a year for many a year. Thinking about them again makes me want to climb up to the attic and dig them out again for a re-read.
L M Montgomery’s Anne (Anne with an e!) of Green Gables series is also a favourite.
Enid Blyton played a huge part in my early childhood so I think the third one has to be The Famous Five series.
Name your three favourite non-series children’s books
Just looking through Amazon’s Enid Blyton pages reminded me of her book The Enchanted Wood. I loved this book as a child and have just jotted down a note to get a hold of it for the granddaughters.
Not exactly a suitable book but Dahl is a famous children’s author and I loved getting frightened again and again by Roald Dahl’s Kiss Kiss.
Another non children’s book but I’ve loved Nevil Shute’s A Town Like Alice ever since I can remember.
Name 3 favourite children’s book characters
Number 1, no hesitation, would be Donald Zinkoff from Jerry Spinelli’s Loser.
Professor Baer from the Little Women series.
Recommend us a book not covered in the above
Not a favourite yet but I’m halfway through a first reading of Sea Otters Gambolling in the Wild, Wild Surf by John Bennett. Very funny and the dialogue between 16 year olds rings very true (the main character Felix is a little spookily like my nephew) and I’ll be sending him the book as soon as I’m finished. But I want it back, okay Matt?