Book Week is coming to an end nationwide, but it’s still Kids Month at Booktopia, so we thought we’d sit down and name the children’s books that meant the most to us growing up.
The Asterix Series
A combination of humour, history and in-jokes I understood more and more as I got older. Plus, I was scared of any large blocks of text because I was basically dyslexic, and their names made sense to me.
Gaul was divided into three parts. No, four parts – for one small village of indomitable Gauls still held out against the Roman invaders.
When Getafix is kidnapped by the Romans, Asterix penetrates their camp to rescue him with hair-raising results…
Big Book of Sleep
It was about my favourite hobby, and provides the most plausible reason for yawns I’ve heard.
Full of wonderful yawning creatures who spread sleep thoughts at bedtime, this book is the perfect remedy for children who don’t want to go to sleep.
The Butter Battle Book
It was the first allegorical book that tricked me. My parents must have read it to me hundreds of times before I realised it was actually about the absurdity of The Cold War. By then the message had sunk in without me realising.
Dr. Seuss chronicles the feud between the Yooks and the Zooks from slingshots through sophisticated weaponry, until each side has the capacity to destroy the world.
Pooky Little Puppy
It was one of the first books I was given as a kid. I still have the copy today.
One of the original 12 Little Golden Books, The Poky Little Puppy has sold nearly 15 million copies since 1942, making it one of the most popular children’s books of all time.
Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone
It was the first book I read that encouraged me to read from start to finish. I read every page, every word.
Harry Potter is an ordinary boy who lives in a cupboard under the stairs at his Aunt Petunia and Uncle Vernon’s house, which he thinks is normal for someone like him who’s parents have been killed in a ‘car crash’. He is bullied by them and his fat, spoilt cousin Dudley, and lives a very unremarkable life with only the odd hiccup (like his hair growing back overnight!) to cause him much to think about. That is until an owl turns up with a letter addressed to Harry and all hell breaks loose! He is rescued by a world where nothing is as it seems and magic lessons are the order of the day.
The Tiger Who Came To Tea
The Tiger is such an amazing, larger than life character. As a kid, it was just so over the top that it seemed to make sense.
The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don′t expect to see at the door is a big furry, stripy tiger!
Because it made books fun.
The first title in the amazing Wally phenomenon. Join Wally on his worldwide hike! He’s hidden in every scene – along with lots of friends! Perfect entertainment for rainy days and school holidays. The eye-boggling Where’s Wally? series has sold over 43 million copies in 33 countries around the world.
It was the first book I read, the first book I owned, and I still own a copy today.
Every night, when the world is sleeping, big gruesome giants guzzle up whoppsy-whiffling human beans.
And there’s only one giant who can stop them – the BFG. He’s the kindest giant there is and, with his friend Sophie in his top pocket, he sets out to rid the world of the Bloodbottler, the Fleshlumpeater and all their rotsome friends forever…
It was a totally different humour to what I was used to as a child and the illustrations were beautiful. It gave you an insight into adulthood.
The Adventures of Tintin comic book series, was written and illustrated by Georges Prosper Remifrom 1929 until his death in 1983, leaving the twenty-fourth Tintin adventure Tintin and Alph-Art unfinished. His work remains a strong influence on comics, particularly in Europe. He was inducted into the Comic Book Hall of Fame in 2003.
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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.
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