Thanks to everyone for their own unique take on Pottermania. I agree with Heather’s comment — it’s amazing to see how many different opinions there are on one book and one writer. If you need any reminder regarding the subjectivity of the reading experience, just take a gander at the wide variety of opinions on a book that just sold, according to my exclusive and completely verifiable accounting, 78 bazillion copies in the last 72 hours.
Now lots of kids (of all ages) have officially grown up on Harry Potter, and as we all know, the books you read as a kid can have a profound effect on young and impressionable minds (children’s book writers everywhere just uttered a collective “Bwa ha ha!!”). Books open up new worlds to children and make some of them want to go on to become writers.
Little Nathan Bransford’s favorite books tended to involve a child living on their own or at war. I don’t know what that says about Little Nathan Bransford (or his grown up version). So my favorites included ISLAND OF THE BLUE DOLPHINS by Scott O’Dell, RIFLES FOR WATIE by Harold Keith and especially MY SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN by Jean Craighead George (who is a longtime Curtis Brown client, and who I actually had the honor and pleasure of working with when I was an assistant in New York. There’s nothing quite like talking with someone you idolized as a child!)
So you tell me — what was your favorite book as a child?