One of his top ten bedtime stories, as told to the Guardian:
The Little House by Virginia Lee BurtonRead about another book on the list.
This story by the American writer/illustrator is quite rightly viewed as a classic across the pond, along with her other tour de force, Mike Mulligan's Steam Shovel, but is little known over here [in the UK]. This has been a Fforde bedtime staple for over four decades, and has never failed to delight. Children like the same stories quite often, night after night, and the simple story of a little house living on a small hill surrounded by apple trees, does get asked for quite a lot. We like this book because it graphically illustrates the passage of time, and views the same place through the seasons, then with the march of technology and the encroachment of urbanisation – and the loss of simple things, like not being able to see the stars because of the glow from street-lamps. A childhood is incomplete without at least one reading.