May 26, 2006

Aren't some kids' books great?

I was having a bit of a reminisce about books I loved in my youth and still love today, partly because I'm buying a new copy of Susan Cooper's "The Dark is Rising Sequence" on Amazon, and partly because I was listing my favourite books on Facebook. And I realised whilst on Amazon looking up "The Dark is Rising" that you know a book's probably quite good when 29 people have reviewed it, and one person's given it 4/5 stars. The others have all given it 5 stars. Ditto "The Phantom Tollbooth" by Norton Juster – 13 reviews, all 5 stars. Both brilliant books which I will still quite happily read now, mid–way through my English Literature degree, both possibly not as well–known as they should be, and both really, really good. Recommended.

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  1. Oooooh yes! They're both excellent. I still love to read them too. :–) (Do you remember when they dramatised The Dark Is Rising for Radio 4's children's Sunday hour, back in the early 90s? Hearing that theme music still sends a shiver down my spine.)

    26 May 2006, 22:37

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