Thought I’d do something a bit different in between my reviews this week – ‘The Favourite Childhood Book Tag’, which I found through the YouTube channel Dane Reads. I liked the look of it and here we are. It goes without saying that I wasn’t tagged in this, and I also struggle to whittle my responses back to just one answer per question. Oh well.
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Let’s begin, 1. What was your favourite book as a child?
I’m going to give a few answers for this question as I had quite a few favourites at different periods of my childhood.
The earliest favourite I can remember is probably the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage. The books follow a young boy as he grows into becoming a powerful wizard with the help of a family friend and… more magical creatures. I stopped reading the Septimus Heap books after the first wave’s concluding novel, Fyre. I probably won’t return to these ones, but I enjoyed my time with them immensely.
My next set of favourites was Joseph Delaney’s The Wardstone Chronicles. Again we follow a young boy (seventh son of a seventh son… again) as he takes up an apprenticeship with the local Spook – the man who protects the normal people from supernatural creatures. As with the above series, I stopped following this series after the first wave ended as I was already beginning to lose interest. These ones were quite dark for a children’s series and featured a fair bit of both grim violence but also more realistic issues of isolation and abuse. The movie for The Wardstone Chronicles was absolutely dire so avoid it at all cost!
The final set of kids’ books which I really enjoyed before moving onto more complicated stories is the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. I probably don’t need to tell you about these, so I’ll just say that I have tried to keep up with Riordan’s books even today, and I hope that soon(ish) I’ll be able to catch up with the latest wave. Norse gods? Yes please. Again, though, awful movies for this series so don’t waste your time.
[Extra cheat addition: I finished writing the post and changed my mind – Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl books were definitely amongst my favourites for many years after borrowing the first two books from my older brother. Probably doesn’t displace any of the other answers but deserves a mention for sure.]
2. What was your favourite film as a child?
The 1976 Disney Robin Hood was my favourite by far. I still remember some of the songs, and I still think it is amongst some of the studio’s best work. Absolutely loved it and watched it time after time.
3. What was your favourite song as a child?
Definitely Busted’s Year 3000. No shame. It’s about as catchy as a song can be, and was on the first CD I ever owned. It wasn’t until I outgrew listening to Busted semi-regularly that I realised I had had the words for the chorus wrong for years
4. What was your favourite television programme as a child?
We didn’t have cable or Sky growing up, so every morning my parents would have to set the digibox (freeview) to ITV2 so I could watch Transformers Armada. I was obsessed with it, and still find time for the Transformers movies even though they’re objectively mostly awful.
Honourable mentions go to the Lilo & Stitch Saturday morning show, Fairly Odd Parents, Yu Gi Oh, Power Rangers (I was obsessed with this for years and years) but struggled to watch it at home as we didn’t have cable – reserved for visit to my Gran’s house, Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go! (about robot monkeys in a giant mech), and Mucha Lucha (a series about super-powered wrestling kids).
5. What was your favourite author as a child?
I think it has to be Eoin Colfer (of Aremis Fowl fame). His books were the first to really give me a sense of an author creating his own version of Earth with magic and science as yet unknown. He also has the ability to tell a relatively complex story (for the target age range) using simple language, making his works accessible.
6. What was the worst book you read as a child?
I’m not sure I really read any awful books as a child, but my amongst my least favourites was Millions by Frank Cottrell Boyce, which solidly bored me to the core.
7. What one character from your favourite book as a child would you like to meet and become friends with?
Growing up the answer would probably have been Percy Jackson for obvious reasons, but now that I think about it I’m going to say Artemis Fowl. If you have read the series (I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t), you might now why I’d want to talk with him after the conclusion of the series.
There we have it, folks, leave me a comment below with any questions or thoughts you may have about the tag. If you want to do it then go ahead!
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