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    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2008
    I've heard good things about his Tales of The Unexpected anthology, but I've yet to read it myself.
    • CommentTimeJun 29th 2008
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    Anything by Lloyd Alexander. Hell, everything by him, but especially "The First Two Lives of Lukas Kasha" and "The Wizard in the Tree". Also, Daniel Pinkwater's children's novels are great training manuals for young misfits. A lot of them are out of print, but you can usually find them in used bookstores.
    • CommentAuthorKradlum
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2008 edited
    Lots of inspiration for me here! My wife is the Roald Dahl fan of the family, I only remember reading Danny Champion Of the World and wanting to build hot air balloons.

    The cover of The Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet reminded me that I read all the Hugh Lofting Dr Dolittle books as a kid, also in those 1950's style hardback bindings.
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2008

    Almost forgot about this one.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2008
    Quite a few of the books I loved as a kid have already been mentioned. I tend to forget about 'The Phantom Tollbooth' and then every few years someone reminds me of it and I have to go looking for it amongst my huge pile of books.

    Going back more years, for some reason one book I really remember is something called 'The Tiger Who Came To Tea'. I've no idea why it sticks in my head so well, but it does.

    There was this series of short reader things we had at my infant school as well, I wish I could remember what they were called, but they were basically 20 or so pages long, with illustrations, and they slowly revealed this really creepy mystery story. There was something like 40 of them. Damn I wish I could remember more about it. I bet my sister will remember it, have to remember to ask her about it.

    I think around the same time as that I read the Hobbit (yeah, I read the Hobbit before I turned 7, it explains a lot). My teacher wanted me to really push out my reading age because she said I had a really strong vocab. Thinking about it, most of my English teachers over the years have pushed me to read stuff meant for people much older than me (when my class did Animal Farm, I did 1984 at the same time), I think I broke my GCSE English teachers heart when I decided against doing English Lit at A-Level.

    I also remember reading one of the Robert Charette's truly slablike Battletech novels in a single evening when I was about 12. Never been able to track that one down again to see if it was actually anywhere near as good as I remember it being, heh.
    • CommentTimeJun 30th 2008 edited
    Anything and everything by Astrid Lindgren. My parents often took me to the library to listen to stories read out loud, and when I got older, they got me my own library card, which lead to me reading tons and tons of Lindgren. Emil of Lönneberga, Ronia the Robber's Daughter, The Children of Noisy Village and especially The Brothers Lionheart, which still makes me cry.

    Then I found Aili Somersalo's books, especially Päivikin satu (rough transl. Päivikki's Fable) and Mestaritontun seikkailut (rough transl. The Adventures of the Master Elf) Other favourites that I had were the fairytales written by H.C. Andersen, Raul Roine and the Grimm brothers. The old Greek fables also were a big hit at my parents' house. My dad read and re-read Aesop to me and my sister countless times. Our parents did that quite often, read stories to before we went to sleep.

    One of the treasures from my childhood is the book of fables illustrated by Rudolf Koivu. It's so beautiful:

    the snow queen

    However, the book that I remember most vividly, and that I read again back in my second year in high school, is James Clavell's Thrump-O-Moto. It's gorgeously illustrated, for one, and I could always disappear into the world painted on the pages. It also gave me comfort back when I was trying to learn to walk again after my second knee surgery.

    There's so many books that I loved as a child, but I can remember only the characters and what the covers might have looked like. It's kind of sad, because some of those books I'd love to find and buy.
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    Makes me happy to see Lloyd Alexander already got a mention. To me his Prydain Chronicles is right up there with LOTR and Narnia as the holy trinity of fantasy fiction for growing up.
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    • CommentTimeJul 1st 2008
    when I was fairly young, I liked books of Greek or Irish mythology and Peanuts collections. when I hit about 9 or 10, I got into supernatural stuff in a big way-- The Girl with the Silver Eyes, all the Zilpha Keatley Snyder books, and everything I could find about witchcraft, ghosts and UFOs. (I think I liked the new Indiana Jones movie because of all the Erich von Daniken I read as a kid.)
    • CommentAuthordot_xom
    • CommentTimeJul 1st 2008

    I kid!

    I read a lot of Berenstain Bears as a kid. You cannot go wrong with Roald Dahl's stuff too. Hmmm. The Curious George books were fun too. Tons of Aesop's fables too.
    • CommentTimeJul 1st 2008
    I'm surprised no one mentioned Lynne Reid Banks' The Indian in the Cupboard books. I never saw the movie that came out, but I adored the books in elementary school. They're full of stories about brotherhood, friendship, racism, responsibility, love, and the occasional bits of action. I don't know that they'd be appropriate for younger kids (I don't intend to read them to my daughter til she's at least in school), but they're good 'uns all the same. Anything Dr. Suess is good, too, favorites being Yertle the Turtle (the thinly-veiled Hitler book), One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, and the Bartholomew Cubbins books.

    My personal reading also went through the Phantom Tollbooth phase, and then landed in Stephen King/Michael Crichton land when I was in 5th grade.

    I also agree with the Dahl and Sendak suggestions, as well as giving ups to Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, which I find hilarious to this day, and also Goodnight Moon. My little girl isn't as fond of that book as when she was younger (she's about 2 1/2 now), but she'll still bring it to us to read to her on occasion.
    • CommentTimeJul 1st 2008 edited
    I had a bunch of weird old books that stuck with me as a pre-teen, and most of them had themes of loner independence or psychic powers: Dar Tellum, which arrived in a bag of hand-me-down-books; The Girl with the Silver Eyes, which a friend found recently and shared with me again; The Boxcar Children; Julie of the Wolves; Island of the Blue Dolphins; Slake's Limbo; and of course, McCaffrey's Harper Hall trilogy.
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    I haven't seen anyone mention Wump World or anything else by Bill Peet. Bill Peet was the shit. Still is. Bit preachy sometimes, but still.
    • CommentAuthorjayverni
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2008
    Earthsea series by Ursula K Le Guin I don't remember it exactly (young wizard learns his craft during a struggle between good and evil...eerily familiar somehow), but I know for a while I was engrossed with her books, and those were the ones that got me hooked. I ended up reading a bunch of her short stories and the Left Hand of Darkness, which was probably my favorite.

    One that I wish was around when I was younger:
    an incredibly fun story told from the point of view of a "witness" which is a genetically enhanced animal used as a recording device to augment people's memories. But this particular little monkey starts to think a little more than his programming allows. Haven't read it in a while, but I still think about it, and really wish the story had been continued.

    And of course Ender's Game, Alvin Maker, and the other Card books were big with me for a while. David Brin's Postman was a big one for me, as well as his Uplift War series. Man, too many to think of. Heinlein and Asimov were the ones that really got me reading in the beginning. Thank you all for giving me more stuff to feed my own young book fiends.

    Niven's Ringworld was great too, I loved the idea of the Pak Protector, and the whole "Tree of Live" as an evolutionary tool. Now I'm starting to think I need to go back and revisit some, just so I can remember them.

    Its amazing, the more I think about it the more I realize there were more books I read that had an impact than didn't. Hard to cull it down to make it a coherent list...

    Another two that really stick out in my memory are Herbert's White Plague, and Heinlein's Friday. White Plague hit me because my dad used to bring me to rallies in New Jersey to learn about Bobby Sands and all the hunger strikers. It wasn't too long after that I found White Plague, and it really hit home. Friday, though, was just plain fun from what I remember. She was hot, a spy, and was damn good. Can't remember the story all that well, but I know I recommended it to a bunch of people, even got my non reading brother to read it. I also went through a HUGE Heinlein stage, read everything and anything I could find. Stranger in a Strange Land, any Lazurus Long book, To Sail Beyond the Sunset, Job: A Comedy of Justice...damn, too many of his to list, really.
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    One book I loved was D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths:

    Absolutely fantastic illustrations that had me loving Greek mythology at a tender age.
    It was the kind of thing that can lead a young man to comic books.
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    Huh, I remember Island of the Blue Dolphins. I read that then I was 10.
    • CommentAuthorpi8you
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd 2008
    Wow, I'm not the only one that geeked out on the Greek mythos at an early age? I spent pretty much the entirety of 3rd grade obsessed with it(4th-5th grade revolved around an obsession with the US Civil War). Of course, the cobwebs are now so thick that I couldn't tell you what specific books I was reading.

    Stream of thought as I poke around/remember them-

    The Mouse and the Motorcycle series completely absorbed me way back when, along with piles of Choose Your Own Adventures titles, and getting into young teen stuff, many of Gary Paulson's titles are a must(who is a fair bit more prolific than I recall) including The Hatchet and Dogsong.

    Heh, looking at the Newberry Winner's List, Mr. Popper's Penguins was a wonderfully silly book that I'd forgotten about. The SevenFive Chinese Brothers also sticks in my head as one of those more enjoyable tales.

    A Wrinkle in Time seems to be falling out of favor in places, but was a fantastic read and one of the first 'proper' stage plays I ever saw. Where the Wild Things Are should probably see some attention, especially with a movie on the way... Sesame Street's There's a Monster at the End of This Book continues to be fun.
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    Speaking of geeking out, I loved this big glossy book about the solar system, with images of what the surface of each planet might look like and what kind of creatures would live there if it could sustain life. It also has actual maps and pictures taken of the planets, with details about planet size, density, temperature and so forth. It was both scientific and fantastic, but I can't remember what it was called... It was one of my favorite things as a child, though.