Saturday, April 25, 2015

The twelve greatest children's books of all time

At the Daily Express Robert Gore-Langton tagged 12 of the greatest children's books of all time, including:

The sheer joy of A A Milne’s book with illustrations by Ernest Shepard cannot be overstated.

Christopher Robin inhabits an idyllic world with Eeyore, Kanga, Tigger, Piglet and others.

At the book’s comic heart is Pooh, a bear of very little brain who is very fond of “hunny” and makes it a habit to have “a little something” around eleven o’clock in the morning.

Pooh spoke for millions of children when he says of the art conversation: “It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn’t use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like 'What about lunch?'"
Read about another entry on the list.

Winnie-the-Pooh is among Chrissie Gruebel's top ten actually insane children’s book characters, Katherine Rundell's top ten descriptions of food in fiction, Clara Vulliamy's five best children's book protagonists, the Barnes & Noble Review's top five books featuring toys, and is a book Walter Mosley hopes parents would read to their children. AA Milne and EH Shepard made Chris Riddell's top ten list of author/illustrator double acts. When We Were Very Young by A. A. Milne is on Glen Roven's list of seven poetry books to ignite your imagination. Milne's The House at Pooh Corner is a book to which Jonathan Kozol will always return.

--Marshal Zeringue