Sunday, 29 July 2018

Chuckles Chat #75 Scenarios We Love And Hate In Kid's Books

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Over the recent weeks I've been looking at our book buying life. By this what I mean is, what are the scenarios in a book blurb that make us really want to pick up that book and start reading? What do we love about the genre and what puts us off?

As a kid, my mum's family used to occasionally give me books for Christmas and my birthday, but they were things like Five Children and It, and various books about girls growing up on farms or in posh families. I never really related to this kind of thing. My gran was religious so she would give me the CS Lewis Narnia adventures. The strange thing was that I read The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and loved it, but never read any of the others. I have no idea why! I was also quite into the Oz adventures from time to time. 

I was always down at the library to get my latest Enid Blyton adventure! Famous Five, Secret Seven, Naughtiest Girl, Wishing Chair, Five Find-Outers...I bet quite a few of these are as un-PC as her Noddy books if you read them now but at the time I just loved them. I liked that there was always an adventure with a hint of danger and the kids outsmarting the bad guys. I do have ebook copies of a few of these books but to be honest, I'm not sure whether to look at them or not now. I also read a lot of horse related stories including The Black Stallion series, Phantom Horse, Linda Craig, the Jackie adventures...mind you I think I went through most of the books in the kids library over several summers!

Tastes change and although I kept all these childhood books, eventually they made way for Stephen King and my love of all things horror. The only actual book from my childhood that I kept was Stan Berenstain's Bears In The Night where the cute bears go to Spook Hill in the middle of the night. I just love this book and I've had it since the 70's! I do regret getting rid of my Walter Farley books though as I could've read them again. I don't watch horse racing but for some reason I loved reading about it in these books.

Basically I don't read children's books now except that one book I kept. There are too many books I want to read rather than looking at picture books and stuff for younger kids. There was a notable exception to the rule. I remember watching the hype over the upcoming release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and I liked that kids seemed to be excited about reading like I was as a kid. I hadn't intended to read the series but when I started, I became addicted to it. It led me to other series aimed at kids and YA like Artemis Fowl and Mark Walden's H.I.V.E books which I enjoy. I like the danger, humour and adventure in these books, which makes them good for all ages. While I've read books aimed at younger teens and lower, it's not something I pay any attention to now, as I just prefer my favourite genres where I have a ton of books waiting for me. 

I know a lot of people still like to look at kids books or reread kids classics from their own childhood, and there is nothing wrong with that, despite what book snobs think! For me, it wasn't about feeling too old to read them-it was just about a lot of other genres and books being my priority.

Do you read books aimed at younger kids and why do they still interest you? What are some of your favourites? What kind do you like?

8 comments:

  1. I have fond memories of Enid BLyton books, I must admit. I count them along with Nancy drew as having started my love for mysteries. I think I enjoy younger books because they're more complex than they were when I was a kid, and I like looking for them for my nephews :)

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    1. I still find it weird why I never read Nancy Drew! They were in our library I'm sure of it! Books these days for kids and young teenagers certainly are more complex and have a wider range of subject matter, which is great!

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  2. I still read kids’ books! I think I like them because they’re relatable. I have pretty vivid memories of my childhood, so I can relate to what the kids in the stories are going through. I read The Black Stallion books, too. That series was on the gifted kids’ reading list at my elementary school. I was in special ed. reading, but I read a lot of Black Stallion books. According to my teacher, I wasn’t smart enough to understand them. School is weird.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. School is weird for sure. How could a teacher determine you couldn't understand what you were reading if they don't ask! Strange teacher! My friends and I were always making up new games and you never saw us bored. I feel sorry for kids these days who get bored ten minutes after being sent out to play!

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  3. I enjoy reading children's books. They give me a much needed break from the intellectual brain work out of my current reads and I find joy in remembering how I loved them as a child. I still have all of the Black Stallion books in hard cover. Every one! They are battered from many earlier rereads and i hope to read them all again some day. Wish they would make more movies!

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    1. I wish I still had my collection! I loved the ones with lots of horse races in them! I think my favourites were Filly, Courage, Challenge, Black Stallion and Satan and the one with The Black on the island with the vampire bats!

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  4. I read a lot of YA books, but not children books. I don't know if I'll ever grow old of YA books because I simply enjoy the adventures in them. As for children books, I think my favorite is The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein :)

    Elle Inked @ Keep on Reading

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    1. I never stopped reading as a kid. I could take out three books at a time so I'd be back every second day for the whole summer. Those were the days!

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