Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Books from my childhood

My post from a few days ago got me thinking about the drawings I did when I was young. I have always loved books, and several stick out in my memory from when I was young. I can still remember the illustrations and the words. They are the kind of books I would want my children to have.Window by Jeannie Baker is a picture book without words, showing the progression of the countryside through a window into a thriving city. It is a gorgeous evocative book, one of my favourites.The Eleventh Hour by Graeme Base is another favourite. This whodunnit has the most intricate and thrilling illustrations and hidden puzzles and codes to solve as you try to work out who ate the feast! An absolute joy.

More Spaghetti, I Say! by Rita Golden Gelman and Jack Kerri still makes me laugh hysterically. It is a story of two monkeys, one with a major spaghetti eating problem. It is a rhyming book, and my mum used to read it with funny voices. We would read it over and over again. I still remember some of the lines:

"No, I can NOT! I can not come and play. Can't you see? I need more! More spaghetti, I say!"

What are some of you most memorable books from childhood? I would love to discover some new ones and remember some classics.


PinkLizzy said...

Oh I loved Peepo and I adored reading that to my children when they were younger.
I remember being read lots of fairy stories. Mr Pinkwhistle and Mr Meddles.

PixelatedMushroom said...

I definitely loved the first two as a kid :) I don't remember the spaghetti one though.

The movie for 'Where the wild things are' is coming out soon! that was one of my Maurice Sendak favourites.

Oh and the hungry hungry caterpillar of course

Thanks for the memories

Gaby and Jane said...

The first 2 I loved as well!!

My favourite was 'Just because a little bug went KACHOO' still is my favourite!

I loved all Graeme Base, also Eloise, Madeline, Babar...

Cloud said...

All time, top 5 favourites would have to be:

1. Where the Wild Things Are
2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar
3. Blinky Bill
4. Snugglepot & Cuddlepie
5. The Muddle Headed Wombat

Also loved all the Asterix & Tintin books :)

Kirrily said...

Friends and I were talking about this recently. I've got a shocking memory, but the one that currently stands out is Brer Rabbit and the Tar Baby.

vanilla pixie (Carley) said...

My 2 favourites as a child (& I still have both of my copies!) were:
* The Country Bunny & the Little Gold Shoes
* The Balloon Tree

Am stoked that I now have kids I can share these with :)

Vickie said...

We've always had a house full of books....I loved Graeme Base (esp Animalia), Possum Magic, Flavia & the Dreammaker, the 'Serendipity' books, Dinotopia...& still love them :)

Shine a Little Light said...

I loved Graham Base and Paul Jennings books. And do you remember Grug? Also the aboriginal dream time books about the rainbow snake etc. ahh and dinotopia for the illustrations alone!

Tricia said...

I absolutely love Jeannie Bakers books. I've bought my daughter all of them. She calls them "mummy's books".

Wehere the forst meets the sea is my fav...with Window running a close second.

I've only just stumbled upon your blog. Off to explore :-)