Posts Tagged: children’s fiction

On sixpence and shillings

When I stumbled across the Jacqueline Wilson exhibition at the Museum of Childhood on my first day in London, there was a replica of Jacqueline’s bedroom as a child, including a shelf of some of her favourite books growing up.

On sixpence and shillings

When I stumbled across the Jacqueline Wilson exhibition at the Museum of Childhood on my first day in London, there was a replica of Jacqueline’s bedroom as a child, including a shelf of some of her favourite books growing up.

On fantasy outweighing reality

Reading The Neverending Story as a child, I was delighted by the imaginative world and characters that Michael Ende created, and wished that I could visit such a magical place. Interestingly, for a child who loved books, and used books as an

On fantasy outweighing reality

Reading The Neverending Story as a child, I was delighted by the imaginative world and characters that Michael Ende created, and wished that I could visit such a magical place. Interestingly, for a child who loved books, and used books as an

On enduring love

  Last week I was in a Famous Five frenzy, reading the first six books in the series back to back. The first book, Five on a Treasure Island, is on the list of 1001 Children’s Books, but reading up to book

On enduring love

  Last week I was in a Famous Five frenzy, reading the first six books in the series back to back. The first book, Five on a Treasure Island, is on the list of 1001 Children’s Books, but reading up to book

On barley-sugar fingers and the stars Christmas shopping

When I was in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago, I bought a lovely, old fashioned edition of Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. It is pink and white striped, and has a black and white drawing of Mary Poppins being pulled

On barley-sugar fingers and the stars Christmas shopping

When I was in Melbourne a couple of weeks ago, I bought a lovely, old fashioned edition of Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers. It is pink and white striped, and has a black and white drawing of Mary Poppins being pulled

On questioning and contemplating

I’m in a bit of a Second World War binge at the moment. Just before I read Goodnight Mister Tom I sped through another favourite from when I was younger: Jackie French’s Hitler’s Daughter. A short book, only 135 pages long, it tells the story

On questioning and contemplating

I’m in a bit of a Second World War binge at the moment. Just before I read Goodnight Mister Tom I sped through another favourite from when I was younger: Jackie French’s Hitler’s Daughter. A short book, only 135 pages long, it tells the story

On hidden gems and treasure

I went to a bookshop yesterday for the first time in a month or so. I wasn’t going to buy anything (really) – I was there to pick up a book for someone else, and my to-read pile is about

On hidden gems and treasure

I went to a bookshop yesterday for the first time in a month or so. I wasn’t going to buy anything (really) – I was there to pick up a book for someone else, and my to-read pile is about

On tiny stories

I remember reading Carrie’s War when I was about eleven or twelve and being quite stuck by it. I can’t for the life of me remember what it was that stuck me about it, but I remember thinking about it quite a

On tiny stories

I remember reading Carrie’s War when I was about eleven or twelve and being quite stuck by it. I can’t for the life of me remember what it was that stuck me about it, but I remember thinking about it quite a

On cocoanuts growing on cocoanut trees

I’m immensely enjoying ‘The Coral Island’ by R. M. Ballantyne, and am almost looking forward to having to take the bus for the first time in a long time this morning because it means I have some reading time! I’m

On cocoanuts growing on cocoanut trees

I’m immensely enjoying ‘The Coral Island’ by R. M. Ballantyne, and am almost looking forward to having to take the bus for the first time in a long time this morning because it means I have some reading time! I’m

On a Mad Tea Party

I stayed up later than I should have last night to finish ‘The View from Saturday’ by E. L. Konigsburg. I really, really liked it, but I don’t have time before I go to work to tell you all the

On a Mad Tea Party

I stayed up later than I should have last night to finish ‘The View from Saturday’ by E. L. Konigsburg. I really, really liked it, but I don’t have time before I go to work to tell you all the

On unreliable narrators

The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E Nesbit tells the story of six siblings whose father has fallen on hard times, and they are attempting to restore ‘the fallen fortune of the Bastables’ by seeking treasure. Each sibling comes up

On unreliable narrators

The Story of the Treasure Seekers by E Nesbit tells the story of six siblings whose father has fallen on hard times, and they are attempting to restore ‘the fallen fortune of the Bastables’ by seeking treasure. Each sibling comes up