Top Ten Tuesday - Childhood Favorites

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at The Broke and The Bookish


I haven't been on many blog hops and memes recently, because A) I've been very busy with work and B) I've been expending all of my blogging energy on Mainlining Christmas! Click over for rants and raves about holiday movies, books, music, and articles about the horror of the season.

But I thought I'd come back for today's, at least.

This week's prompt: Top Ten Childhood Favorites

I am going to order these roughly by age.

1: I'm told that I was obsessed with The Cat in the Hat as a very young child, but the first Dr. Seuss book I remember being obsessed with was Bartholomew and the Oobleck. Because I had to be different, even then.

2: Another favorite from early childhood: The Monster at the End of This Book. Because Sesame Street and Grover are the best.

3: Does anyone else remember the book Serendipity, and the series of related books? These were thin, brightly colored little volumes, generally with a moral at the end. Serendipity herself was a pink dragorn of, if I recall correctly, delicate sensibilities. I had a lot of these that I carried around in a little tote bag, and I adored them.

4: Enjoyment of The Black Cauldron, and the rest of the Prydain Chronicles, grew quickly to a general obsession with everything Lloyd Alexander had written at that point.

5: I have to give a shout out to the silly in hindsight but amazing at the time Riders of the Unicorn Queen Series. I read these books every six months or so for a while.
I actually re-read the first two this year, because I was curious how much I remembered.

6: I also read and loved all of the Miss Bianca/Rescuers books.

7: I had a full set of Little House on the Prairie books, although the early ones were my favorites. I re-read them often during my obsessed-with-pioneers phase.

8: The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles was a solid favorite for years. I'm still always a little bit on the lookout for a clear umbrella with yellow butterflies like the one the Professor had.

9: I read A Wrinkle in Time a hair later than I could have, but I devoured it in one sitting, and soon sped through the rest of the series.

10: Right around the time I was transitioning firmly into the adult section of the bookstore with the discovery of Dragonlance, Valdemar and Xanth, I loved a book called A Rumor of Otters. It was about a teenager in New Zealand who hiked into the wilderness alone in search of the titular wildlife, and lived on her own for a while. It made a huge impression on me, and I'm always a little sad that it isn't better known.


2 comments:

Madigan McGillicuddy said...

Yes!!! Bartholomew and the Oobleck, and Bartholomew and his 100 Hats. Two great favorites of mine that I left off my list.

I loved The Monster at the End of This Book. Sesame Street in the pre-Elmo days was the best.

And I loved the Serendipity books too - looking back on them now, they are so heavy-handed, but at the time, I loved the illustrations.

Lindsay said...

That's most of what I remember about the Serendipity books: the illustrations.

Thanks for stopping by!

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