Friday, October 18, 2013

Filipino Friday 2013 #2: Kids and books

It's Filipino Friday once again, dear readers. This week, we're talking about children's books. I love children's books, despite being almost 40. They make me feel oh so young. And children's books, with their straightforward storytelling style and uncluttered dialogue, are the perfect books to read when you're in-between adult novels. Sort of a palate cleanser. Like lemon sorbet. And I love all things lemony.

So let's get on with the questions, shall we?

What were your favorite books as a kid?
I was a voracious reader when I was a kid. My parents told me that I started reading when I was 4. And since then, I have never looked back. I was one of those geeky kids who didn't throw a tantrum if I were given a book as a present.

Some of the children's books that became my favorite were the Bobbsey Twins mysteries by Laura Lee Hope and the Choose Your Own Adventure books. I couldn't get enough of them! I remember borrowing most of the Bobbsey Twins books from my grade school library.

The Bobbsey Twins and the Doodlebug Mystery was the first book in the series that I read.
As far as I recall, it was my favorite among the lot.
At one point, I think I must have had 20 of these.
Unfortunately, they were all lost when we moved house.
Do you still read children's books?
Well, I read almost anything, so yes, I still read children's books. In fact, I don't think there's a month that goes by without me not reading a children's book. They're quick reads, yes? And the children's books that I've finished recently have been very rewarding reads.

The more recent children's books that I've finished that I really, really liked include Wonder by R. J. Palacio and the Newbery-winning novels Moon Over Manifest by Claire Vanderpool and The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate. I have yet to read a Newbery book that I don't like.

Recently, I discovered the joys of reading the Moomin books by Tove Jansson. The adventures of the Moomin family and their friends are terribly fun. Very wholesome but entertaining reads. If you read closely, they can get very philosophical too. It's no wonder that that Jansson (1914-2001), who was from Finland, became one of our greatest children's books author and illustrator.

Some of my Moomin novels
I believe there are 9 in all. 
The collected Moomin cartoon strips are also quite fun to read.
If you would give a book to your younger self, what would it be?
Hmmm. . . Tough question. I can't really decide which. There are just too many! Well, probably any book by Meindert DeJong. Last year, I read his The Wheel on the School and I found it quite heartwarming. It was still very relevant, even though it was first published in 1955.

But really, I don't think my younger self would be that choosy when it comes to books. I think he would have read any book thrown his way. It would be years before that kid would grow up and become more discriminating with his reading tastes. And he'd go through a Stephen King phase, a Jackie Collins phase, an Agatha Christie phase along the way.

So that's my 2nd Filipino Friday entry, dear readers. I'd love to hear about your favorite children's books too.

Oh, and if you're free on Saturday, 9 November, do drop by at the ReaderCon at the Rizal Library of Ateneo de Manila. It'll be a unique experience, especially if you love books and reading.


Kat said...

I was one of those geeky kids who didn't throw a tantrum if I were given a book as a present.

High five! I was always happy to get books for birthdays or Christmas (second in line was Lego haha).

This is the first time I've heard of the Moomin series. I'll be sure to check those out the next time I go to the bookstore. :)

Peter S. said...

Hello, Kat! Ooooohhhh! Lego! High five!

Monique said...

First time I've heard of the Moomin series. Hmmm. I will try to look that up sometime. :)

Peter S. said...

Oh, you can get the Moomin books from Powerbooks and Fully Booked!

Lynai said...

Choose Your Own Adventure! I remember quarreling with my siblings over this haha! :)

Curiosa Kat said...

I saw a Moomin book at a Booksale once. The hippo-like character's hard to forget but I didn't know the book's a classic! I have to remember to grab it next time...

Peter S. said...

Hello, Lynai! Me too!

Hi, Curiosa Kat! The Moomin books are indeed classic works of children's lit. Yes, give them a try!

Louize Gonzales said...

This is the first time I've heard of Moomin. I know just the person who may love a hippo book for her birthday. Thanks, Peter!

Peter S. said...

Hi, Louize! You're welcome!