[Top Ten Tuesday] – #53 – Top Ten Books I’d Love To Revisit From My Childhood

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. I thought this would be a fun way to share a condensed version of potential rambles and thoughts that I have.

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This Week’s Theme:
Top Ten Books I’d Love To
Revisit From My Childhood

Initial Thoughts:

This topic is a tough one because I didn’t read all too much as a kid in elementary school (kindergarten-8) aside from library/computer class. So I gotta take a pickaxe to my brain to dig up some of these nostalgic gems; of which I’ll divide into picture books and book-report reads.

All images link to their respective Goodreads.


Picture Books

the giving tree - shel silverstein (cover)The Giving Tree

This book was read to me by the librarian and I guess I just took the meaning for granted. Now when I think of it, there’s so much more nuance in the theme toward a darker meaning. I guess that just comes with experience haha.

No titleI Spy – Jean Marzollo

This was a hot commodity during library period. There were only a few copies with so many of us. Sometimes we worked together to find the associated riddle and other times it was every kid to themselves.

Each Peach Pear Plum – Janet Ahlberg, Allen Ahlberg

each peach pear plum - janet and allan ahlbergNursery rhymes!

Each Peach Pear Plum, I spy Tom Thumb
Tom Thumb in the Cupboard, I spy Mother Hubbard
Mother Hubbard in the cellar, I spy Cinderella

The Very Hungry Caterpillar – Eric Carle

the very hungry caterpillar - eric carle (cover)More like…the very hangry caterpillar, am I right? Seriously though, this little shit is the core blame for any food coma inducing antics in my life. Or all of our lives even.

Clifford the Big Red Dog – Norman Bridwell

clifford the big red dog - norman bridwell (cover)Lol this thing. I guess it filled the void of not having any pets join the family in my household until later in life. When I left for University, the family dog stayed with my brother and I do wish to find another pup to join the family (I’m leaning towards a Corgi this time around…). But yes, I am a dog kinda guy (sorry to you swarm of cat lovers out there).


Books Read For Book Reports

But let’s be honest, books were burdensome as a kid and so I seldom did read them from beginning to end. I know for a fact that I skipped chapters and filled in the details myself on at least one of these books. It’s okay though because I still got that stellar report card. That’s all that matters, right?

the black cauldron - lloyd alexanderThe Black Cauldron – Lloyd Alexander

This was more than just a book report for me; I remember having to adapt this book into a half-hour play. And let’s just say that the script was too long for our group to present in a limited time-frame. Funny thing is I think we selected this book without having read the first one in the series (well…now I know it’s a series. Fail.)

code red at the supermall - eric wilson (cover)Code Red at the Supermall – Eric Wilson

This book just reinforced why I want to visit the West Edmonton Mall. Seriously, why can’t there be malls here in Toronto with a waterpark and rollercoasters and basically everything?

H215_SCH_GB1DeadHouse_0.tifGoosebumps – R.L. Stine

I only read a few of these and then the television shows became more accessible to me. Not gonna lie: pretty creepy stuff to watch as a kid. Like that one where the dad was a plant? That certainly didn’t promote eating your leafy greens as a kid.

the outsidersThe Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

I remember having the most feels with this read; a class study book culminated with watching the movie. Now that I think about it, perhaps this was the first book that I discovered the lovely thing called feels.

the bfg - roald dahl (cover)The BFG – Roald Dahl

Let’s just say that when I first read this book, I didn’t think of it as The Big “Friendly” Giant...my interpretation was cruder. Doesn’t even take a genius to ponder what I imagined the to stand for LOL…ten points if you can imagine it! And if I remember correctly, I think I read more of Dahl’s works than any of Seuss’ books. So props to him.


Afterthoughts:

Other notable reads as a kid was probably them Chicken Soup for the Soul short story compilations, Animorphs, and The Boxcar Children. But in the end, I guess the question I need to ask is: would I revisit any of these? Probably not. Maybe if I happen to stumble over the picture books at the library I’ll have a gander into it again but I hardly ever visit libraries to begin with unless there’s a scheduled book sale…

Are there any books you read in elementary school that you enjoyed writing a book report for (if that’s even possible?) 

Cheers,
Joey

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44 thoughts on “[Top Ten Tuesday] – #53 – Top Ten Books I’d Love To Revisit From My Childhood”

  1. R L Stine was my favorite as a kid, although I never read the Goosebump books, it was always Fear Street. I have him to thank for my love of suspense novels today. I had never read The Giving Tree until recently when I checked it out of the library for my daughter. I can see why it’s popular, she really liked it.

    I remember having to do a book report on The Outsiders. I hated forced reading in school, and that made me dislike that book.

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    1. If/when you read The Giving Tree with your daughter, did you take a cynical perspective in looking at the story being about an abusive relationship? Just wondering.

      Yeah, 75% of the books I was forced to read for schooling purposes I ended up disliking but The Outsiders was a gem in the rough! But glad to hear someone else had to study that in school (and in the States to boot).

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      1. You should both have a gander at The Giving Tree! I’d love to hear your thoughts on it having read the book as an adult-ish and not in eyes of a child (WHERE THERE IS NO EVIL!?!)

        But seriously though, someone ought to write The Very Hangry Caterpillar who terrorizes other bugs because it ain’t got no food available. I mean, what kinda person gives free salami out like that? Or pie. Or Cake. C’mon dude…

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  2. Oh my goodness, I absolutely LOVED the BFG when I was younger!! I’ve never heard anyone else mention it in the book blogging world, but I’m glad I’m not the only one who remembers it! You have some great throwbacks on hear- I Spy, Clifford, The Very Hungry Caterpillar… oh, the nostalgia!

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  3. I love The BFG! It seems to be one of the lesser known Dahl books, but I think it’s awesome. I love that you included The Very Hungry Caterpillar. My kids and I never got tired of that one. Great list!

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    1. It’s odd to think that The BFG was a lesser known Dahl work when I’ve seen so many lists this week waving BFG as a nostalgic throwback! I should have listed James and the Giant Peach instead haha.

      I’m missing some of the morals of TVH Caterpillar… I mean, I’ve gone full on foodie mode but I’m still no butterfly!

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      1. I think a combination of both. All I really recall is not liking it as a child. I’m not positive the reasons are the same as why I dislike it now, but they were likely similar.

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  4. I saw the Goosebumps books on so many lists yesterday! I definitely want to reread them now that I’m older. I feel like that would be a lot of fun. Also, totally agree about The Giving Tree. I reread it when I started working at my library, and holy crap, that’s some horrible stuff.

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    1. Part of me thinks if I read Goosebumps now, I’d be able to fully enjoy the horror that may or may not have went over my head as a child. Or I should just have a taste at re-watching episodes of Goosebumps (which I actually skimmed prior to writing this list haha).

      And yeah, The Giving Tree in the eyes of life experience…yikes!

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  5. Great choices! I remember being obsessed with Each Peach Pear Plum as a kid. The art style in that one is really unique and detailed. And I loved the BFG! Ronald Dahl has such a strange sense of humor, but his stories are memorable and wonderful. (I’m also a big fan of Matilda.)

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