Monday, January 15, 2007

Yes, I did the MS Read-a-thon

(Found through The Common Room and originally posted at Bloomabilities.)

A sort of childrens' book meme. Which of these "100 best childrens' books" have you read? You're supposed to put the books you've read in bold; put a star beside books you like(d), and a minus sign besides those you don't/didn't. Bloomabilities says that her rule on still like/used to like is that she gave a book a star if she liked it as a child but doesn't anymore. My system is going to be more of an overall rating. One to three stars, three being best. One is very good, three is a favourite. Some I've read but I didn't bother rating--they're good [or at least they made it to the list], what more is there to say?

But I have to say, I do not think this is a list of the 100 best childrens' books ever. No way, not even close. I mean, who put three Shel Silverstein books on the list and left off Edward Lear? No Edward Ardizzone? No D'Aulaires? The Art Lesson but not Helga's Dowry? No Elizabeth Enright, Rosemary Sutcliff, Noel Streatfeild, Eleanor Estes, Eleanor Farjeon, E. Nesbit? Where are Treasure Island and Pinocchio? And all those Dr. Seuss books? (How can you even rank One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish? It's not even a real book, it's just reading practice. Fun reading practice, but not exactly enthralling.) Sounds more like they just picked the books with the best marketing.

***Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss
The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss
*Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
*Love You Forever by Robert N. Munsch
(sometimes I like this book and sometimes, as other people have said, I just find it creepy)
The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
***The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
*The Mitten by Jan Brett
*Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
***The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis
Where the Sidewalk Ends: the Poems and Drawing of Shel Silverstein by Shel Silverstein
*Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Oh, The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss
Strega Nona by Tomie De Paola
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin, Jr.
(I thought this book was boring in kindergarten and I haven't changed my mind)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
*The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams
A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
*How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by John Archambault
**Little House on the Prarie by Laura Ingalls Wilder
**The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
***The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne
*The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan

Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

The BFG by Roald Dahl
The Giver by Lois Lowry
**If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff
James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
**Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
*Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
***The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O'Brien
*Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
(I think I'm one of the few people who never liked this book much; I liked some of her others better.)
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman
**The Best Christmas Pageant Ever by Barbara Robinson
*Corduroy by Don Freeman

Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
Math Curse by Jon Scieszka
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
*Ramona Quimby, Age 8 by Beverly Cleary
*The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White
Are You My Mother? by Philip D. Eastman
***The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis
**Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
***The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
*The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig
(I like a lot of Steig's books but this one wasn't my favourite; I prefer Dr. DeSoto)
***The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
***Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss

Basil of Baker Street, by Eve Titus (we have several of her Anatole books but not this one)
The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper
-The Cay by Theodore Taylor (one of the few books I really disliked)
Curious George by Hans Augusto Rey

Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox
Arthur series by Marc Tolon Brown
The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson
(I can't make up my mind about Katherine Paterson's books. I should like them. I like her essays, her writing about writing. But sometimes I just don't like her stories.)
Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes
Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown

Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Louis Sachar
Amelia Bedelia by Peggy Parish
-Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh (Big ugh. Double ugh for the sequel.)
A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein
**Mr. Popper's Penguins by Richard Atwater
**My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
*Stuart Little by E. B. White
(I just read this to Ponytails, and I'm always somewhat disappointed by this--it's so disjointed)
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
**The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
The Art Lesson by Tomie De Paola
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
Clifford, the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
***Heidi by Johanna Spyri
***Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss

The Sign of the Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch


Anonymous said...

The Cay, it is on a lot of book lists. I just got the audio book for my daughter. Now I am wondering, what did you not like? Have not read it myself, just hate to waste time if it is that bad. Trish, using AO combo of 7/8

Mama Squirrel said...

Trish: I have mixed feelings about The Cay. Some parts of it have stuck with me for a long time (it's been a lot of years since I read it). I liked the main character's development towards independence and courage, but sometimes I felt like I was being a bit manipulated. I don't always trust the books that I see on too many lists, either.

Maybe it's one of those books you either love or hate. Go ahead and see what you think of it yourself.

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