Books I Loved as a Child

Louise writes about the books she loved reading as a child:

Matilda by Roald Dahl, didn’t you just want to be able to move stuff with your eyes, save the school from the horrible trunchbull and live happily ever after?!  The Deptford Mice series, loved them loved them, there was a great air of mystery to them and you never knew what was coming next, so brilliant!  Each Peach Pear Plum, excellent book for youngsters, takes me back when i read it with my children, they love finding the characters hiding.  Alfie by Shirley Hughes, any of the series no matter what age, simple stories with beautiful illustrations.  Any Enid Blyton book, no matter what age there was a book that would suit you, Famous Five on adventures or dorming in Mallory Towers..

Kate loved reading when she was young:

The Far Away Tree series books are about four children who encounter new worlds through cllimbing up the Far Away tree. I found this magical when I was 10 or 11 and actually re-read the books a couple of years ago when my first child was born to remember whether they were as good as I remembered. I think my daughter will love them.

Jean Estoril was another favourite, she wrote books about ballet that were set mainly in London. Drina was the main character and she was at ballet school and worked her way up through the corps de ballet. She travelled the world whilst dancing and went to New York and Madeira and so forth and there is a little innocent romance so it is a lovely set of books for a 10 or 11 year old to read.  (Drina Ballerina was one of the books in the series).  Noel Streatfield also wrote ‘Ballet Shoes’ which was another favourite.
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