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Revisiting the Childhood Bookshelf February 18, 2012

Filed under: Books — katblogger @ 7:54 PM

Remember your favorite book when you were a kid? (If you were like me, a better question is ‘remember your favorite books when you were a kid?’). When was the last time you read them? Years ago, maybe. Do you ever miss them?

Some children’s books only work for children. You’ll go back and realize that they’re poorly written, patronizing, full of plot holes, whatever. They were fun when you were a kid, but you’ve moved on now.

However, some books are timeless. Like the wonderful comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, both adults and children can find entertainment and meaning in them. Some ‘kid’s’ books ought to be picked up every few years and revisited. That’s what I’m doing now.

I went through Andrew Clement’s sweet – if unrealistic – books, and then revisited the always fun Borrowers series by Mary Norton. If you haven’t read these… read them. Seriously. It’ll give you a fun new perspective on the world, and Homily is always good for a laugh. I’m currently rereading the Anastasia Krupnik series by Lois Lowry, another must-read filled with humor and a lot of heart. (The first one will probably make you cry.) Next on my list is the complete works of Roald Dahl, who manages to be hilarious and irreverent all at once. You think the film version of Willy Wonka is nuts? You should meet the one that stabs Vermicious Knids in the butt and composes poetry about it on the spot.

Just reading a childhood favorite makes me remember a happier, more innocent time. Plus, a lot of these books are still great for adults too. Try revisiting an old friend. You might be pleasantly surprised.


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