Children's Lit Dissertation
Posted 15 May 2004 - 08:53 AM
Basically I was wondering of anyone had any recommendations of any fantasy books which they loved/hated because I keep going to the library and bookshops but there is such a huge choice of fantasy that narrowing the selection is taking a long time : )
Thanks for your help! xx
Posted 15 May 2004 - 10:26 AM
McKinley, R. Hero and the Crown; Blue Sword
Jones, Diana W. Dark Lord of Derkholm (the alternate world from another point of view... very funny); Howl's Moving Castle; nearly all her books feature alternate worlds of some kind or another, the Chrestomanci books develop the thought behind her scheme in the most detail
Philip Pullman of course.
Aiken, Joan The Wolves of Wiloughbey Chase books (especially the Dido Twite ones) feature a bizarre alternate history--King Richard the IVth-- which is NEVER explained at all)
Zilpha Keatley Snyder wrote a wonderful book called the Changeling about an imaginary world (which stays imaginary) and then took the idea, tree people, and wrote a trilogy around it.
ANYthing by Edith Nesbit practically (though I suppose the Story of the Amulet is most relevant).
I would think the Secret Garden model could provide some interesting comparisions, and in that vein there's Ruth Sawyer's Roller Skates and Janet Talor Lisle's Afternoon of the Elves, Snyder's The Egypt Game, the Velvet Room and A Fabulous Creature.
p.s. I'm sure more will come to mind in time (if this is actually worse than the bookstore let me know).
Edited by dido, 15 May 2004 - 10:29 AM.
Posted 15 May 2004 - 10:40 AM
all the Madeleine L'Engle books, especially "A Wrinkle in Time"
and I read this later, but also the Neverending Story.
Posted 15 May 2004 - 10:54 AM
Michael Ende, The Neverending Story (much better than the movie)
John Bellairs, The Face in the Frost
Lloyd Alexanders's Taran books: The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, The High King
And many others I'll think of later.
Some mention should also be made of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, but I hesitate to recommend them, well-written though they are, because of Pullman's hatred of Christianity.
Posted 15 May 2004 - 11:49 AM
Also there is Dune by Frank Herbert... and one of my first favorites was E. R. Eddison who wrote The Worm Ouroboros and Mistress of Mistresses. Again, not for young children - more for the young adult/adult reader. Of course, many would say the same for Alice in Wonderland, really.
The Once in Future King by T. H. White is another great book that I read, I believe, in 8th grade.
Posted 15 May 2004 - 12:30 PM
The Girl Who Owned a City (O.T. Nelson),
Bridge to Terabithia (Katherine Patterson),
Posted 15 May 2004 - 12:32 PM
Posted 15 May 2004 - 02:59 PM
I'm with your son in re The Harry Potter books - which I've enjoyed as well.
Posted 15 May 2004 - 05:15 PM
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Posted 16 May 2004 - 12:47 AM
Posted 16 May 2004 - 12:50 AM
The Doomspell Trilogy by Cliff McNish. A little like Pullman, only much less gory (although still sufficiently scary)
The Narnia series by C S Lewis. Classics. Dated in places, but I suppose that tells you of the time they were written as well as the fantasy kingdom of Narnia.
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. One of the most beautifully desolate books I have ever read (re-read, read in French, ...)
Posted 16 May 2004 - 04:10 PM
Edward Eager (Half Magic, Magic by the Lake, Knight's Castle, etc.) -- he was inspired by E. Nesbit
The Wizard of Oz and sequels (so obvious that we tend to forget them)
Ursula LeGuin's books, many for children
The Borrowers (Mary Norton)
The Gnomobile (Upton Sinclair, made into a movie years ago by Disney)
All four Mary Poppins books
The Rose and the Ring by Thackeray (that Thackeray!)
Plus there are all sorts of new series out, the names of which escape me, but which my almost 11year old son absolutely loves
Those are the ones which come to mind at the moment
Posted 16 May 2004 - 04:30 PM
Some I know my little brother enjoys:
A Series of Unfortunate Events
And, um... Harry Potter :shhh:
PS: I love Le Petit Prince!
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