The tripartite children’s book meme

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?

No tagging, just have a go if you’ve the time and inclination. Although I must admit that I’d love to hear Nancy, Doobus, Stroppy and Katherine‘s choices.

4 Responses to “The tripartite children’s book meme”

  1. Katherine
    February 18th, 2006 20:06

    Ha, you knew I wouldn’t be able to resist! Done and dusted and on the blog, I think you’ll like my Matilda link.

    Welcome back!

  2. Knock Knock Mary
    February 18th, 2006 21:30

    A big ditto on the series and then after that, I was unfamiliar on some. We have Little Women in book, audio book and a variety of film versions here. And Green Gables – a psychoanalyst friend once said, that is a perfect example of a typical/normal childhood. Who would have guessed.

  3. stroppycow
    February 19th, 2006 22:52

    Better have a thougt about this then.

  4. Nancy
    February 28th, 2006 01:15

    Fun! I’ll have to put that on my blog tonight. Thanks to you, I fell in love with Donald Zinkoff, too.

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