16 May 2018

Our Latest Haul of Children's Books

I have always extolled the virtues of reading books to/with children. Start them young and they develop a life-long love for the written word. Needless to say, reading is an integral part of our daily routine and books feature heavily as presents for birthdays, Diwali and Christmas.

A couple of years ago, we bought the Roald Dahl box-set off The Book People as a Christmas present for my then 5 year old boy. J is now nearly 7 and has devoured almost the entire set. So it was time to replenish our reading stock with age-appropriate children’s books.

Our Latest Haul of Children's Books - Harry Potter included!

This time, we opted for the entire Harry Potter collection, a set of mystery books by Enid Blyton and a children’s book by David Walliams. As you can see, the selection is a mix of the old and the new, a bit of magic, mystery, humour and adventure.

Enid Blyton was my favourite author growing up and I have been delighted to introduce my son to her writing. He has enjoyed the trio of Faraway Tree books, so the next logical step was to read some of her mystery stories. We have gone for the Five Find-Outers and their dog Buster. To be honest, I hadn’t come across these amateur sleuths before. The Famous Five and the Secret Seven seem more popular. It will be interesting to see how these six get along with solving mysteries. I hope they are as engrossing as their more famous counterparts and provide my son and I (Oh, yes! I will be reading these stories too) with hours of fascinating intrigue.

I haven’t read David Walliams at all but admire his humour and comic timing as an actor. Rather than opt for the entire box-set, we settled on one title – Grandpa’s Great Escape. If it is anything like Gangsta Granny (not read it, but watched the TV adaptation), we are in for a treat!

As for Harry Potter, no child of this generation can escape the charm of the famous boy-wizard. J seems disinterested at present, but it won’t be long before the most successful protagonist of our time captures his imagination. (Did I say I won’t mind reading the collection again?)

So here’s to very many happy hours of reading – J by himself, J to me, me to J and me on my own. 

Disclosure: I was given a voucher to spend on books by The Book People in exchange for this post. I was also compensated for my time. All opinions, as always, are my own. 

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