Tuesday, January 8, 2013

The Enchanted Castle



Don't you love when you feel like you're reading the perfect book for right now?  As a children's librarian, I obviously love children's literature but my moods often change.  Am I in the mood for historical, YA, funny books or classics?  Sometimes it's really hard to figure it out and I'll start several books and not finish them.  Some times I'm just in the mood to read literature for adults.  But for whatever reason yesterday I realized I was in the mood for a classic children's book and I started the perfect one.  Have you read The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit? It was first published in 1907 and I'm thinking that maybe with all the Downton madness on the brain, it could be a reason I was drawn towards something written at the turn of the 20th century.

The best part about it is that it keeps heading in directions I never predicted!  Sometimes children's books can feel predictable, but not this one.  I highly recommend if you're looking for something fun to read.  Added bonus: the Crawley sisters probably read it when they were children!

The back of my book has some information about author E. Nesbit (who people often assumed was a man) and my favorite was this line from a letter from H.G. Wells.  He wrote: "Every self respecting family will buy (your books)...and I knock my forehead on the ground at your feet in the vigour of my admiration of your easy artistry."

Now that's a compliment!  Have you read any children's or YA books lately? What are some of your favorites?

5 comments:

  1. The Outsiders was the book I read over & over...

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    1. So good! And still a popular favorite in my library :)

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  2. I love E. Nesbit! I haven't read this one by I read The Treasure Seekers in my Victorian Children's Lit class and loved it! If you've seen my reading recaps you know I read almost exclusively YA and Children's. Lately I've been listening to The Series of Unfortunate Events on audio and they are fabulous. Tim Curry reads most of them and he is so great! I also just read a nonfiction book for children/teens called Bomb by Steve Sheinkin. It's about the Manhattan Project and even though I knew what happened I was still on the edge of my seat the whole time!

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    1. Awesome! Yes, I've heard that book Bomb is supposed to be really good. Do you think it has Newbery potential?

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  3. Nesbit was a really interesting cat-- a founding member of the Fabian Society, very active social reformer..

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