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?