Saturday, February 23, 2008

Children's books

The Telegraph reports another list, this one of children's books:
The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Winnie the Pooh and the Famous Five all finished above the only Harry Potter book to make the top 50.

The results are a surprise because the last four Harry Potter stories were the fastest-selling books in history. The poll was conducted among 4,000 parents - suggesting most believe in the superiority of the books they enjoyed as children over modern stories. The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, by CS Lewis, was first published in 1950. The novel, the most famous in the Narnia collection, has been made into several TV series, theatrical performances and films with the recent Disney adaptation in 2005 making almost £400 million worldwide.
The first 25 books in the list of 50:
    1. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
    2. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Eric Carle
    3. Famous Five series, Enid Blyton
    4. Winnie the Pooh, AA Milne
    5. The BFG, Roald Dahl
    6. Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, J K Rowling
    7. The Faraway Tree, Enid Blyton
    8. The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
    9. Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
    10. The Gruffalo, Julia Donaldson
    11. The Tales of Peter Rabbit, Beatrix Potter
    12. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
    13. Matilda, Roald Dahl
    14. The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
    15. The Cat in the Hat, Dr Suess
    16. The Twits, Roald Dahl
    17. Mr Men, Roger Hargreaves
    18. A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens
    19. The Malory Towers Series, Enid Blyton
    20. Peter Pan, J M Barrie
    21. The Railway Children, E. Nesbit
    22. Hans Christian Fairy Tales, H C Andersen
    23. The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum
    24. The Witches, Roald Dahl
    25. Stig of the Dump, Clive King [more]

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