This is a hard one. The first book that popped into my head for me was Neil Gaiman’s Anansi Boys, although as it’s been almost nine years since I read it I can’t give a proper reason as to why. I think it was something to do with how the main character was treated and it made me feel sad. I’ll have to re-read it at some point, it’s still on my shelves…
I don’t know what to choose for a picture book. I don’t want to put any of them in this category! I don’t think I have a least favourite from a favourite author/illustrator, and I can’t think of any that Mighty Girl or Danger Girl have singled out either.
Ah, I have thought of one. This is an author/illustrator I loved as a child.
The Best Lowly Worm Book Ever: Richard Scarry (HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2013)
I know, Richard Scarry, how can I not like Richard Scarry books? It’s not because this is a new book finished by his son from sketches, I’ve borrowed other Richard Scarry books from the library and felt the same, it’s just that they don’t have the same pull for me as they used to. I do have some nostalgia in looking at them, but they’ve not caught the imagination of MG or DG at all.
I wonder whether my daughters will read Enid Blyton, or Susan Cooper, or Alan Gardner, or C.S. Lewis, or Lewis Carroll, or J.R.R. Tolkien. They do not seem to be drawn in to the old fashioned fantasy worlds that I loved as a child. Maybe they will when they’re older but there are so many books to choose from and they enjoy ones they can relate to more, so even the 1970’s seems ancient to them.
But I’m not one for thinking that old = good and new = bad so although I’ll share the books I loved as a child with my children, I’m enjoying finding more and more books through them too.
The Best Lowly Worm Book Ever is a lovely book, but is my choice today just because I used to love Richard Scarry books as a child and don’t as much as an adult.
Disclosure: The Best Lowly Worm Book Ever received for review from HarperCollins Children’s Books.