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Children's books for adults when they're feeling poorly

John McCartney, Amazon Customer
 
The Picts and the Martyrs: or Not Welcome At All (Swallows And Amazons)
The Picts and the Martyrs: or Not Welcome At All (Swallows And Amazons)
"Children adapt to a strange holiday.  Quieter than the other Ransomes, with perhaps the most charming protagonists.."
Storm Ahead (Romney Marsh)
Storm Ahead (Romney Marsh)
"Rarely read now, but a picture of middle class girlhood as it should have been."
Goldengrove Unleaving
Goldengrove Unleaving
"With its sequel - Unleaving - the greatest unread children's classic of the last fifty years"
Minnow on the Say
Minnow on the Say
"Working class boy puzzles out middle class life - and has an adventure."
Mistress Masham's Repose
Mistress Masham's Repose
"A classic in the little-girl-against-wicked-guardian genre - plus Lilliputians!"
Brendon Chase
Brendon Chase
"You have to be in the right (uncritical) mood for this Boy's Own Paper yarn; but I've always loved it."
The Wee Free Men: (Discworld Novel 30) (Discworld Novels)
The Wee Free Men: (Discworld Novel 30) (Discworld Novels)
"Terry Pratchett is our greatest living novelist.  This and its sequel -  A Hat Full of Sky - are brilliant.  Girl protagonist, too."
How I Live Now
How I Live Now
"Everything it's cracked up to be - excellent. Girl protagonist again."
Seventeenth Summer (Point - original fiction)
Seventeenth Summer (Point - original fiction)
"Originally 'Pennington's Seventeenth Summer' - working class teenager who'd get an ASBO these days!"
Wild Wood
Wild Wood
"The Wind In The Willows from the Weasel's point of view - hard to find but brilliant."
Thunder and Lightnings
Thunder and Lightnings
"Growing up and adjusting to loss and change - but not heavy going."
The Hobbit
The Hobbit
"Yeah, I know it's a cliche, but this is a book to read to kids - if you can do the voices."
The Various: The Touchstone Trilogy
The Various: The Touchstone Trilogy
"New(ish) and not well known, but another girl protagonist coping with an odd family set-up - and punk fairies!"
The Peppermint Pig (Puffin Books)
The Peppermint Pig (Puffin Books)
"Set at the turn of the 19th/20th century, another girl protagonist struggling with poverty."
Just William
Just William
"It doesn't matter which of the early 'Williams' you read - they're all perfct of their kind."
The Little White Horse
The Little White Horse
"A real desert island book for me.- another heroine."
Sword at Sunset
Sword at Sunset
"Almost any Sutcliff will do - but this is her best, and the best retelling of the Arthurian legend.  Hard to find."
The Golden Age (Wordsworth Children's Classics)
The Golden Age (Wordsworth Children's Classics)
"With it's sequel, - Dream Days - the best evocation of a late Victorian childhood.  Not really written for children - though Theodore Roosevelt loved it."
Kidnapped (Wordsworth Children's Classics)
Kidnapped (Wordsworth Children's Classics)
"Better than 'Treasure Island' - could this man write!"
Kim (Penguin Popular Classics)
Kim (Penguin Popular Classics)
"The best to last - if you've never read it - do so!"