Check out Hsien's post about books she read as a child. I recognise none of them, save for Shel Silverstein's books, and that's only cos Brian and Sean love his books.
Is it just me or have the rest of you also not heard of these books?
Little Critter Stories by Mercer Mayer
The Great Brain series by John Dennis Fitzerald
Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle by Betty MacDonald
The Littles series by John Peterson
Jacob Two Two and the Hooded Fang by Mordecai Richler
Maybe it's me. I had not even heard of Roald Dahl till I went to university in Singapore! I hail from Malacca, a small town in Malaysia, and all through my growing-up years, we had a grand total of 2 English bookshops. Small sole-proprietor bookshops, not places like Kinokuniya or Borders. I think the shops' names were Lim Brothers and Tai Kwang, I can't believe I still remember their names! Ahhh, memories :)
I would hang out at the two bookshops (which were located next to each other near the town centre) as long as I could stand the glare of the owners, reading half a book today, half a book another day. Couldn't afford the RM4 each Enid Blyton book cost then (remember the Ringgit was almost equal in value to the Singapore Dollar then, yes, it was that long ago).
I couldn't get enough of Enid Blyton's books; starting with stories about pixies, fairies, gnomes and flying cottages, then moving on to children mystery-solvers Famous Five, Secret Seven, Five Find-outers, and then boarding school stories St Clare’s and Mallory Towers. Midnight feasts, funny and fierce Mam'zelles, all vintage Enid Blyton topics.
I also loved Louisa M Alcott's Little Women, Little Men, Jo's Boys...and of course, fairy-tales from Grimm Brothers and Hans Christian.
Both Brian and Sean aren't into fairy-tales at all. I bought some fairy-tale books which I would have LOVED as a child (with gorgeous illustrations) but the boys won't bite. Brian has read many of the Enid Blyton books; Sean's not too interested. Sean's starting to like Roald Dahl but mostly he just reads lots of non-fiction (oh, he loves Calvin & Hobbes and Tintin too).
What did you read as a child?