Instead of reviewing a 52 year old children's book that I just read for the first time (Tom's Midnight Garden by Philippa Pearce -- I really liked it and sobbed at the end), I thought I would put to you a question that came to mind as I was thinking about this book.
How do you remember children's books? Not meaning your technique for remembering the books but rather do you remember them (in general) as being funny? Exciting? Touching on taboo topics? Escapist or just like your own life?
I am wondering because a few of the children's books I've been reading for the first time lately seem awfully dull compared to what I remember this level of chapter books to be when I read them as a child. They may be magical but they aren't incredibly adventurous. Have I just built things up in my mind? Were they more exciting when I was young and didn't have the world experience that I do now? Am I just picking up boring British children's books now? (Just kidding! I love these books!) Is Beverly Cleary that much more exciting than L.M. Boston? Or would I be surprised if I went back and read Judy Blume's Superfudge now? I'm truly perplexed and would love to hear what you think!
Looking through rose-colored reading glasses,