Six books from your childhood that you might have forgotten
These are the books that had us reading cover to cover without getting bored.
Published: 28 March 2016, 8:00 AM
Remember those silent reading sessions we had in primary school? Even though they might be dreadful for some, it actually helped me cultivate my fondness for reading.
As we grew up, some of these books slipped through the cracks and disappeared. To refresh your memory, here are six books from our childhood that you might have forgotten.
1. Fantasy books by Enid Blyton
While I might not remember much about my childhood, the one thing that stayed with me was Enid Blyton’s books. The Famous Five series and titles such as The Flyaway Money and The Enchanted Shoes from the Popular Reward series accompanied many readers in their childhood years.
Her stories often have straightforward plots that use fairies and gnomes to convey good moral and values. For example, in The Flyaway Money, Willy was a fat and lazy boy whose money was blown away by the wind one day. While chasing after his money, Willy managed to learn life lessons along the way.
2. Vivid tales of childhood by Roald Dahl
I was first introduced to Roald Dahl’s books with James and The Giant Peach. After devouring the book, I was hooked. I almost went through his collection of books, such as Matilda and The Twits, but my favourite has to be The Witches.
The Witches talks about the experiences of a boy and his grandmother who live in a world where witches exist. The witches in the book have no toes, claws instead of fingernails, blue spit and their only purpose is to turn children into creatures. How could anyone not like this book?
3. Local stories from The Bookworm Club
Even though the stories are extremely short, I still enjoyed reading the books. With characters such as Smarty, Mimi and Fat Ani (life was cruel to fat kids back then), The Bookworm Club always featured stories that I could relate to as a primary school kid.
4. Creepy stories by Alvin Schwartz
In a Dark, Dark Room and Other Scary Storiesis probably one of my favourite books from my childhood. When I first read it, it creeped me out – especially the story about Jenny and her green ribbon. Even though the stories might seem childish now, I would still recommend it to those who have not read it yet.
5. The classic Harry Potter series
Harry Potter is probably the most well-known children book series, ever. The series led to eight movies, three theme parks and millions of fans worldwide. Every time I re-read the series, I always reminisce about my childhood.
6. Mr Midnight series by James Lee
Written by local author James Lee, Mr Midnight is a local horror book series for children, and is probably one of my first encounters with the horror genre. Each book contains two stories and they are usually set around Singapore. Think zombies in Bedok and long-haired vampires in your primary school.
Despite the nightmares that ensued, these books provided me with hours of entertainment when I was young.
Do you remember any other books from your childhood? Share with us below!