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    Anything by Roald Dahl (and I don't mean Tales of the Unexpected) - he was the JK Rowling of his day.
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    Heidi by Joanna Spyri was one of my favorites, also Bambi by Felix Salten.

    I have some fond memories of those precious little Beatrix Potter books too with the tipped in colour-plate on the cover. Our school library had most of them I think.

    I also liked a version of Heidi for tv, not the Shirley Temple, I think maybe it was something dubbed in from some continental production. We also got The Phoenix and The Carpet, the Railway Children and The Secret Garden as tv serials or full-length specials, I still haven't 'read' those however.

    A little older there was the Tripods trilogy books, they were exciting, and along with a couple by Robert A Heinlein my first taste of science fiction. There is a band in Seattle circa from the mid-'80s named Capping Day so I wasn't the only ones into those books! Sad they never got to complete the tv adaptation...

    Going backwards maybe before I could read I remember loving these books of lots of animals in clothing going about their day in elaborate town scenes... Richard Scary? A bit like the Where's Waldo without Waldo, or a dutch artist who does these large scenes with lots of cartoon people in them. Jan van Haaseteren (they sell a lot of jigsaw puzzles of his).

    I also would go over cheap comic books many times, mostly we had U.S. ones in colour, and in with them were some things like Noddy and Uncle Wiggley. Also, even if the content was a bit over my head, collections of newspaper cartoons by Giles and a Canadian version named Norris. We would trade comics and things like that with other kiddies in the neighbourhood or at school.

    Oh, and there was a very nicely illustrated book on dinosaurs, I wish I knew which one, I remember sort of b&w art with one colour extra added to it.
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    I don't recall any favourites as such but I enjoyed the books of Isaac Asimov a lot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zabadak View Post
    I don't recall any favourites as such but I enjoyed the books of Isaac Asimov a lot!
    Never heard of him!
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    Quote Originally Posted by zabadak View Post
    I don't recall any favourites as such but I enjoyed the books of Isaac Asimov a lot!
    He held records for number of books of all sorts, fiction and non-fiction, published at one time I believe. I keep meaning to read his commentary on the Bible someday (having an interest in comparative theology and writings about origins etc.)

    Did anyone ever have any Sooty books? I have a selection of the things now, I got into collecting various annuals and I love the old Harry Corbetts I've been able to see. I'm not sure how much Mr. Corbett had to do with the books but the artwork is usually well done if not quite up there with Clangers and Bagpuss' Peter Firmin illustrations. There were Sooty annuals starting from the late '50s, and little story books with dust jackets mentioning a 'TV Town', and some other thin middle sized ones, plus he was in TV Comic like Muffin The Mule I think (co-starring Sweep I'm sure).
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    What about the Happy Families trilogy of books by Allan Ahlberg? His wife Jannet illustrated them - I always associate them with the school library on Friday afternoons and borrowing one of them a week.

    Mr Tick the Teacher was basically a satire on how schools close down due to falling number of pupils on role - his six kids were pupils in their "school" and were represented as different ones in different classes. It was only a few years later when I realised that the "Tick" bit in his surname was obvious referring to when teachers marked our work.

    Also, Miss Jump the Jockey; Master Salt the Sailor's Son; Miss Wobble the Waitress - any more? - I think that there were at least a dozen of them. I know that Children's BBC did a series based on those in the books either in the late 1980s or early 1990s - not to be confused with that Andrew O'Connor game show of the same name from 1993.
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    The cat in the hat comes to mind...really sparked the imagination of this 10 year old.
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    Dr Seuss, methinks?
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    The obvious Mr Men books - never got the full set. Also got the Mr Men annuals - they were numbered such as No 3 or No 4 and never had the year on the front cover, but I guess that they were from the late 1970s. Animation such as that never seem to date in the same way as people did back then.
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    Quote Originally Posted by George 1978 View Post
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