John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

Ten random things: April 6

Ten works of children's literature I first read as an adult:

  1. The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
  2. Amalee by Dar Williams
  3. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster
  4. Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry
  5. Where the Red Fern Grows by Winston Rawls
  6. Summerland by Michael Chabon
  7. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
  8. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  9. Criss-Cross by Lynne Rae Perkins
  10. Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce

I started this list intending to post it on Monday, which was International Childrens Book Day, but, well, time makes fools of us all. But no sense in wasting a perfectly good list just because it lacks temporal resonance.

This list is evenly divided among books I presumably could have read as a child had I chosen to do so (nos. 3-5 and 7-8) and books that were not yet written when I was a child. In this context, "when I was a child" means "when I was in elementary school," and "as an adult" means "after I graduated from college." I'm not sure I managed to avoid reading The Phantom Tollbooth back then -- I'm pretty sure I owned a copy -- but when I listened to an unabridged audio recording of it several years ago, it was completely unfamiliar to me. Go figure.


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