And we’re back with another month of Top 5 Wednesdays. I missed last week’s topic. Sorry. – I’m doing some illustrations for a book subscription box called the Magic Book Box. Very exciting! Coupling that with a new job with new deadlines and time has been running away from me.
But here we are and this week the topic is ‘Children’s Books to Read as an Adult’. I’m not sure how we’re to define ‘Children’s book’. Does middle grade count or are we looking to ages eight and under? Most of the books that come to my mind are labelled Young Adult leaning to the younger side.
The Chrestomanci series – Diana Wynne Jones
Luckily I started reading the Chrestomanci series and can add it to the list right away. I love the Howl’s Moving Castle series and had to branch out to more of Jones’s work. So far I’ve read Charmed Life, The Lives of Christopher Chant, Conrad’s Fate and the Magicians of Caprona. They have all been wondrous and charming.
The graveyard book – Neil Gaiman
For the people who haven’t read this book yet: Go read it. It’s about a boy who grows up in a graveyard and is raised by ghosts.
Everyone else: You already understand.
The Amazing Maurice and His Educated Rodents – Terry Pratchett
Dark and funny. A Pied Piper con scheme. Terry Pratchett could set any type of story on his Discworld and they make you laugh and then think.
This guy describes what it’s like to read Pratchett perfectly.
The Haunted Car – R.L Stine
This was the first book I lend from our local town Library. (I was living in the Karoo at the time.) Yet again I was lured to a book by its cover. I can clearly remember reading it in a day. I spent a lot of time in that library; so this book will always have a special place in my memory. I’m not sure how it will stand up to adult reading, but I’ll give it a go again.
Brolloks en Bittergal – C.J. Langenhovel
Brolloks en Bittergal is a beloved Afrikaans fairy-tale by one of our most noted Authors. As far as I can remember it was about two cannibals and the children that needed to escape from them. I definitely need to reread this in the near future.
I’m adding my two favourite children (age 8 and under) books as an afterthought.
Malvalekkers, Monsters en muise – Wendy Hartmann
Met Katoë is jy nie bang vir die donker nie. – Joanna Stubbs
But now I am going to share with you the story of my first comic book. My mom was the principal and teacher of a small farm school. One day the town library donated a big box of books that were too old to be use by said library. We were rummaging through the box, sorting the books by usefulness, when my mom handed me one and said; “Here’s a comic for you.” She knew I liked the Batman cartoons.
It was The Killing Joke by Alan Moore. I was six. We didn’t know any better, but I still have that book. No lasting damage… I think.