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I have picked a winner for the children’s book survey. Very hard to do as all were so fascinating to read but in the end it had to be Milla.

Not only was she the first to reply, she was so enthusiastic that she acquired the post of Purplecoo Children’s Book Monitor. Her enthusiasm has not waned, the discussion about this subject is still ongoing in the forum. Everyone has joined in, I am so pleased.

But it was Milla’s wonderful phraseology that won the day for me.

Here are some of my favourite snippets.

- Have always read avidly and madly - as a child my handluggage consisted of 21 books, one for each day of the holiday and a spare for every other day.
- Reading was my life, although I did lots of treesy things and playing cricket and off on my bike too, but otherwise read all the time. No computer, obv

Always inspired - wanted a hat for school because of the Family at 1 End Street; wanted a pocket money club because of Elizabeth Enright; wanted to BE George in Famous Five and Darryl Rivers at Mallory Towers; and the characters in Swish of the Curtain; and the ballerinas in Noel Streatfield; and to wear sprigged calico and carry a lunchpail like Laura Ingalls Wilder; and to ride my bike as Jennings with Derbyshire and Atkinson and go and have a cream tea; and to be Charlie Bucket and to be William with Jumble, and Ginger; and to look after the Little Wooden Horse; and to have Carbonel, and to have a psammead ...

ADORED fairy stories, read all the Andrew Langs, and E got me the set (you know, The Purple fairy book, the Orange, etc) for my 40th. No one in partic as all blur into one big gorgeous idea of immediate immersion in a world governed by the need to perform 3 tasks, and be one of 7 sisters, and be nice to an old crone, and gallop over many hills, and talk to fish.

Otherwise Michael Morpurgo is one of the few I have really enjoyed reading out loud - sadly few books are good to read outloud, though am liking re-visiting The Little White Horse currently with my boys. Lots of the authors seem band-waggony and ephemeral. Also a cynical desire for cashing in on a long-running series. Shoot me now but I cannot get anywhere with JKR - far too clunky and, frankly, boring. Sorry....

Favourite book: abs impossible to pin down. The memories associated with so many are so strong, almost physical in how they make me feel now. All the above I mentioned plus Moonfleet, had forgotten Moonfleet, and Emil the Detective, what a cracker that was. I'll probably go ooh, yes, and that, when I see the lists of others.

And she came out and said that she could get nowhere with JKR, so many people would not be brave enough.

Special mention goes to Camilla who blogged her response (I would have done that) and she posted beautiful artwork to accompany it. Her choice of pictures is always such a delight.

But thanks to ALL for taking the time to fill in an over-long questionnaire. I have printed it off to keep in the library for future reference. I will promote your favourites to the young readers in the library and let you know how it goes. Some of our choices from long ago are still being read though and their popularity is going from strength to strength. Perennials shall we call them?

Bye for now,

(Sorry dear Mountainear I have only just seen your entry).

Posted at 21st Apr 2008 - 08:49PM   Posted by Cait   Children's Book Survey Comments: 13

Milla's Avatar HEY!!! Just clicked on before drifting down to watch Waking the Dead, I mean read a book, and couldn't be more exciting. As you know, I really enjoyed joining in all of this, thanks Cait, dear, you stirred a lot of pleasure for a lot of people bringing up this.

Posted by: Milla on 21st Apr 2008 at 08:58PM

Withy Brook's Avatar Please let us know how the old books go. I would love to know which ones are still read.

Posted by: Withy Brook on 21st Apr 2008 at 09:08PM

Westerwitch's Avatar Berludy well done and well deserved. Now I too am settling down to watch Waking the de . . .I mean reading a book.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 21st Apr 2008 at 09:10PM

Elizabethd's Avatar Milla, my favourite of all time was The Little White Horse, and I still have my somewhat elderly copy. Lovely book.

Posted by: Elizabethd on 21st Apr 2008 at 09:34PM

Inthemud's Avatar Well deserved Milla!! Well Done!

Posted by: Inthemud on 21st Apr 2008 at 10:08PM

I've only just found this discussion-
I love childrens books-have great opportunities reading to the boys and re-visiting all my old faves-not that Idle jack is remotely interested in the Famous Five, or Iron Man....or any actually....Hmmm.

Quiet Mousie on the other hand has now, at 7 and a half years fully grasped the new world open to him by being able to read-he's a complete book worm just like I was as a child.

And this post is very topical because I've just written him a story-"Ollie Moves House" He's helping me critique and re-write it (Only about 2000 words).

So I am very interested to see Millas conclusions and what stands the test of time...

Great idea Cait and lovely memories for us all...

Posted by: Country Craft Angel on 21st Apr 2008 at 10:09PM

Sorry-got carried away thinking of kiddies books.
I forgot to say of course well done Milla-splendid choice-couldn't have chosen anyone better!


Posted by: Country Craft Angel on 21st Apr 2008 at 10:12PM

Elizabethm's Avatar Bang on choice Cait. I was nodding and aahing and whatting as I read Milla's post - always a sign that something is speaking to you!
Great subject, great thread.

Posted by: Elizabethm on 21st Apr 2008 at 10:38PM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar I am so jealious I m,issed out on this survey and Milla you are the only person in the world I have ever met who knows the family at one end street!AND moonfleet and emile ah twins separated at birth..except you got spellign gene of course...

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 21st Apr 2008 at 11:39PM

Camilla's Avatar Very well deserved Milla, congratulations.! I loved reading your post, brought back many memories of those books. I too remember that wonderful Puffin Classic - The Family from One End Street, by Eva Gardner, sadly I mislaid it over the years.

Thank you Cait for your kindness on my posting and pictures.


Posted by: Camilla on 22nd Apr 2008 at 01:58AM

Frances's Avatar I want to send big congratulations to Milla and to Cait, for what each of these fine ladies and readers extraordinaire have done to stir up really joyous, heartfelt memories from so many former children on this site.

Cheers! xo

Posted by: Frances on 22nd Apr 2008 at 02:44AM

Faith's Avatar Well deserved Milla! Mind you didn't we ALL want a psammead? (I think my doggie lookds like a sand fairy at times!)

We went to the village and church that inspired Moonfleet. I've never read it but Hub3 liked it.

Elizabethd - also my favourite book, but don't know what happened to my copy so got another, from Ebay, with the same beautifully illustrated cover. Enchanting!

UPL - I know the Family from One End Street too, and their Further Adventures. I remember Kate losing her school hat, the baby that didnt win the show cos no tooth through, Mr. Ruggles naming the twins from the prayer book ..... excellent book.

Frances - Hear HEAR!


Posted by: Faith on 22nd Apr 2008 at 08:20AM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Hurrah! Hurrah! A very well-deserved winner indeed - berludy hell, if anyone can inspire someone to read, it has to be Milla. This is the woman, after all, who has a table in her sitting room that looks like the 3 for 2 tables at Waterstones!

Yup, Family from One End Street reader here too - can still see the cover in my mind's eye - pastel pink if I recall with little figures.

Indeed, WELL DONE Cait too - fabulous topic and discussion that will, hopefully, rumble on and on......Smile

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 22nd Apr 2008 at 10:06AM

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