Things That Bring Me Joy Thursday: Cherished Childhood Books

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Hello Lovelies,

After the success of last week’s Things That Bring Me Joy Thursday post, I am back this time with another, and this week we’re looking at favourite childhood movies!

Today. I’ve picked out 6 books from my childhood that I cherished. A lot of them are classics, so be sure to let me know if any of them are your favourites, too!

Of course, if you want to share your own answers on your blog, please feel free, just be sure to tag this post in your writing and give the book a little mention. If you want your own paperback copy, 99 Things That Bring Me Joy is also available on Amazon.

3. Childhood Books You Treasure

Unfortunately, due to a lack of storage space, I don’t actually have any of these books anymore, However, I do still have books that I can remember, and many of them were my favourites. Once again, I’ve called in the help of Mum to jog my memory, but the novels from later years I can fondly remember.

So let’s begin!

1. The Very Hungry Caterpillar

So has it, I would ask my mother to read The Very Hungry Caterpillar so often, she just wanted to squish him before he turned into a beautiful butterfly. So also has it, that every time I saw a butterfly, I would point and say “ate!”. Cute the first time, cute maybe even the second and third time.. a little tiresome by the 4,078th rendition though, I should imagine.

2. Sam’s Sandwich

This book was creative, it was fun and it was gross. Each page folds out to reveal a horrible surprise and when all of the fold outs are opened, the closed book actually looks like a sandwich. Enjoy this read-along which includes some unintentional tapping and crinkling ASMR triggers, my favourite kind!

3. Spot The Dog

I used to adore Spot but with one small caveat. I used to insist our dog, Harvey, was called Spot, possibly hence the fascination. Harvey had spots, so I thought he was Spot the Dog (though I did used to call him ‘Spotty Dog’ in my teens). Well, you can see why! He’d always get excited by it, too! Dogs are the best, we don’t deserve them 🙂

Harvey & Me

4. The Animals Of Farthing Wood

It’s a long-standing debate that The Animals Of Farthing Wood makes Watership Down look poisitively nice, but, well. I adored the former anyway. So the story goes, the animals are being flooded out of Farthing Wood to make way for urbanisation, and this, crucially, is their plight. It’s heartwarming and it’s damning, and probably, if I was old enough to understand road accidents, hunting and food chains at the time, I would have found it a lot more tragic than what I did.

Just as a little taste of how seemingly innocent (and yet highly controversial) these books and programmes were, here is a snippet. Caution: These cartoons aren’t intensely graphic, but they are certainly very emotional.

5. Poems By Spike Milligan

Alright, let’s lighten the mood back up with some poetry now. shall we? It’s funny that this should be number five on my list, because actually, when I was in year 5 (fifth grade in the USA, we do things a little differently here!) my tutor told me in reading class that I read too much poetry, and I should read something else. I loved poetry! If it wasn’t fact books, it was poetry. I either had a thirst for knowledge, or I needed something fun and imaginative, fictional drivel just didn’t cut it for me.

What got me about Spike Milligan was his imagination. Oh heck, that man was imaginative! With poems like On The Big Bang Bong and The Land Of The Bumbley Boo, there’s no question that man was off of his rocker, but I loved him for it. He grasped me, he entertained me, he captivated my imagination, and I refused to stop being captivated by him. The above mentioned weren’t favourites, though, that goes to The ABC and, for those with a dark, twisted sense of humour like my own, Have A Nice Day.

6. Artemis Fowl

In my teens, I adored the Artemis Fowl books and I have such mixed feelings about the new movie. To me personally, it could be forgiven to cast Dame Judy Dench as Captain Holly Short, owing to her zesty, spunky personality, which Holly has. Holly has bite, she is wilfully determined in the books and that as why I fell in love with her. When I started reading fiction, the Artemis Fowl books were probably the ones I could easily read half a book of in a day, I’d be engrossed. What’s more, at the bottom of each book was a message written in code, which is also fun and worth doing. Artemis Fowl also introduced me to a lot of dark things that I’d never considered before, including cryogenics (which horrified me) and the idea of mind games (which fascinated me), all within a few books.

Alright lovelies, that’s it from me. Do you still have any books from your childhood? Why not share them in the comments?

Be Bold, Be Bright, Be Beautiful,

Helen xx