Thursday Discussion: Favorite Childhood Books 11/14

Happy Thursday my babies!!! It’s that time…

WHAT TIME YOU ASK???

Thursday discussion time

The Thursday Discussion is a book prompt started by Ally Writes Things. Every other Thursday we get a different prompt to write about! This Thursday’s topic is

Favorite Childhood Books

Awwww, this is a cute and sentimental topic now isn’t it??

So, I sucked at Math and Science as a child but always excelled at English and History. Basically logic and formulas are not Amanda’s thing. WHO WOULD HAVE GUESSED. I have a few books from my childhood that I still look fondly on and actually have bought or kept for my daughter to enjoy.

Let’s go get it

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Simms Taback

Synopsis:

An old favorite as you’ve never seen it before! Everyone knows the song about the old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a bird, and even worse, but who’s ever seen what’s going on inside the old lady’s stomach? With this inventive die-cut artwork, Simms Tabak gives us a rollicking, eye-popping version of the well-loved poem.

For a kid’s story, this is slightly horrifying and little Amanda loved it. This woman eats EVERYTHING. And I mean everything. I was disgusted, stunned, and elated. My version of the book was even more sinister looking. The old lady resembled the nun from the second Conjuring movie to be honest but for some reason I can’t find pics of it online.

I’ll always look back fondly on this book and all it taught me about freak old women.

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (Illustrator)

synopsis:

For Milo, everything’s a bore. When a tollbooth mysteriously appears in his room, he drives through only because he’s got nothing better to do. But on the other side, things seem different. Milo visits the Island of Conclusions (you get there by jumping), learns about time from a ticking watchdog named Tock, and even embarks on a quest to rescue Rhyme and Reason! Somewhere along the way, Milo realizes something astonishing. Life is far from dull. In fact, it’s exciting beyond his wildest dreams. . . 

Most books required to read in school suck. I don’t remember liking most of them at all but when we had to read The Phantom Tollbooth in the 4th grade I fell in love with this book immediately. It is still one of my favorite books. It’s creative, fun, and it made me want to travel to a world of rhymes and reason and doldrums (don’t though). Definitely a must read and a re-read. The movie is excellent as well. I cannot sing my praises about this novel enough.

Who Killed the Homecoming Queen? (Fear Street #48) by R.L. Stine

Synopsis:

Tania is having the best year of her life. She has a hot new boyfriend, she landed the starring role in a student film, and she’s just been voted homecoming queen. But someone is jealous of Tania. Someone plans to ruin her perfect year–even if Tania must be killed. Will Tania live to see the homecoming dance?

So I’ve talked about Fear Street a lot as that has formulated my love of horror and made me want to write myself. It’s even been featured as a series of a week:

Series of the Week: Welcome to Fear Street

The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

synopsis:

Twelve-year-old Addie admires her older sister Meryl, who aspires to rid the kingdom of Bamarre of gryphons, specters, and ogres. Addie, on the other hand, is fearful even of spiders and depends on Meryl for courage and protection. Waving her sword Bloodbiter, the older girl declaims in the garden from the heroic epic of Drualt to a thrilled audience of Addie, their governess, and the young sorcerer Rhys.

But when Meryl falls ill with the dreaded Gray Death, Addie must gather her courage and set off alone on a quest to find the cure and save her beloved sister. Addie takes the seven-league boots and magic spyglass left to her by her mother and the enchanted tablecloth and cloak given to her by Rhys – along with a shy declaration of his love. She prevails in encounters with tricky specters (spiders too) and outwits a wickedly personable dragon in adventures touched with romance and a bittersweet ending.

I

LOVED

THIS

BOOK

Real talk I forgot all about it until I dug it out and screamed when I saw it. This is such a fantastic book and dare I say it, better than Ella Enchanted.

My Louisiana Sky by Kimberly Willis Holt

synopsis:

Tiger Ann Parker is smart in school and good at baseball, but she’s forever teased about her family by the girls in class. Tiger Ann knows her folks are different from others in their small town of Saitter, Louisiana. They are mentally slow, and Tiger Ann keeps her pain and embarrassment hidden as long as her strong and smart Granny runs the household. Then Granny dies suddenly and Aunt Dorie Kay arrives, offering Tiger Ann a way out. Now Tiger Ann must make the most important decision of her life

I remember reading this when I was young and being in awe of the subject matter. It’s not an easy read. It’s sad and it showcases the cruelty of people and it doesn’t sugarcoat anything. I honestly can’t believe I remember this book because it has been THAT long but when you read certain things you will always remember them no matter what. I also have a certain obsession with Louisiana so that definitely helped lmao.

Some honorable mentions:

  • Sweet Valley High
  • Babysitters Club
  • Girl Talk
  • Amelia’s Notebooks

And there you have it! Have you guys read any of these? What are your Thursday discussion answers?

15 thoughts on “Thursday Discussion: Favorite Childhood Books 11/14

  1. Great post, Amanda! I never read any of these and actually don’t remember ever seeing them although the title of My Louisiana Sky feels like it’s tingling some bells in the back of my head (although for the life of me I don’t know why considering I’m nowhere close to Louisiana lmao) 🤣 I love that SVH and Babysitters Club were popular international childhood reads! 😍

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