Posts Tagged ‘Children’

“If only children could be free of all that crap previous generations had gathered up for them, he said, perhaps it would bring some clarity to their lives.”

― Jonas Jonasson, Hitman Anders and the Meaning of It All

I know I’m a few days late with this post but how exciting it is that a new Beatrix Potter book is being published later this year!

A manuscript was recently found for a tale about a cat who has a secret life, “The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots”, which sounds quite cute.

“The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots” by Beatrix Potter (via

It is exciting to hear about a new book – I was worried that the announcement was going to be someone else pretending to be her and writing new books.

I like Quentin Blake but I always associate his work with Roald Dahl. It will be interesting how he illustrates this new story as the original illustrations were so beautiful and made the stories what they are.

It’s also good that it’s being published by the original publisher Frederick Warne & Co, albeit as an imprint of Penguin Random House, and it’s already setting records as it’s shot to the top of book charts even though it’s not being published until September!

I really want to buy it and add it to my collection! I’ve always loved Beatrix Potter’s tales and the set of her books which I own are the oldest books in my collection as they’ve survived many clear-outs!

See The Guardian website site for more.

The BBC recently published an article about The 11 Greatest Children’s Books.

I thought it sounded interesting and decided to see what they’ve picked. The titles are supposed to be aimed at 10 years and under.

Their choices are as follows:

1. EB White, Charlotte’s Web (1952)

2. CS Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950)

3. Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are (1963)

4. Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)

5. Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (1868)

6. Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince (1943)

7. AA Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh (1926)

8. Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (1964)

9. Ursula K Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea (1968)

10. Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle In Time (1962)

11. Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House on the Prairie (1935)

I noticed that these are all quite old and there’s no recent titles in the list!

Of the list, I have read only six – Charlotte’s Web; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; Little Women; Winnie-the-Pooh; and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

I have heard of the others but never got around to reading them! Also, I’m not sure if I have read A Wizard of Earthsea as sounds familiar but I can’t be certain!

Of the ones I have read, Little Women I only recently got around to reading, and I don’t really count that as a children’s book, especially not for under 10’s!

I agree that other books are all great children’s books, but I think there’s a few which should be in there too – where is The Very Hungry Caterpillar?!