Todays discussion is a Top 5 Wednesday topic where I’ll be discussing my favourite children’s books (or middle grade books) this week! This list consists of books that were mostly read in my childhood, so I apologise in advance if I have very little to say about them.

Personally, I very rarely dabble in books that are children’s or middle grade books, as I typically don’t enjoy juvenile aspects. However I can appreciate the following books in this list for what they were!

5. Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Volume 1: BFF by Amy Reeder

This is graphic novel was actually a very recent read. If the word ‘dinosaur’ is attached to a title, and a superhero novel at that, I am a very very likely to pick it up. The premise was incredibly inticing – a nine year old girl black girls, is who canonically the smartest protagonist in the Marvel Universe, teams up with a dinosaur? (Honestly, that sounds a little like a wet dream I had once.) Unfortunately whilst this book didn’t live up to my own expectations. I think it’s been wrongly genre’d as Young Adult, but I can definitely see this book appealing to those who fall under the Middle Grade audience.

4. The Enchanted Wood by Enid Blyton

I had a wonderful teacher in primary school who used to read this to my class. She had the most animated wonderful voice, that enamoured children who didn’t enjoy reading. This book has stuck with me ever since because of her. In fact, majority of the books I read pre-teens wasn’t self read but read via this teacher.

3. The WitchesMatilda and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl is a treasure trove of children’s stories. The Witches, Matilda and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory are my specific favourites of his. He creates clever and innovative stories that every child should get to experience. Also Matilda and Charlie and The Chocolate Factory were some of my favourite movies as children. Even now I could watch those movies and still be enamoured by the stories!

2. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

I must admit I haven’t read the physical editions of the Narnia books. I did recently listen to the BBC audiobooks for the first two books, but they were shortened versions of the story and not really satisfying. I loved the movies when I was younger and would love to revisit these stories some day.

1.Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume

Similarly to my experience with The Enchanted Wood, this was read to me by the same teacher. I have faded memories of my class erupting in laughter because of this book and by extension the following instalments. I’d highly recommend this book for children.

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Thank you so much for reading my T5W list. Here is a link to the goodreads group with more information if you’d like to participate in future discussions! Carly


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