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Dark Puss

Hi, I'd be happy with either set.

A favourite childhood book was (and still is!) The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster (an architect). A wonderful, witty (punning too) story of how one small boy, Milo, aided by the faithful dog Toc and The Humbug, overcomes the boredom of his daily life to rescue the princesses Rhyme and Reason and bring peace to the rival kingdoms of words and numbers. Just wonderful in every respect and should be read by anybody who feels the sciences are superior to the arts (or vice versa). I always loved the Which [sic] Faintly Macabre but not her desire to control the words people could use.

A truly magical and brilliant book!


I'd like the C.S. Lewis set most of all as I remember those book covers very well from when I was a child.
My favourite book from childhood, however, is probably Allison Uttley's Little Red Fox -- mostly for those illustrations!


My favorite book as a child was The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner. It was the story of a group of siblings on their own who set up house in an abandoned train boxcar. I absolutely adored this book but had no idea that it was the first of a series, the beginning of which had been written when I was a child. They are mysteries, which I would have loved too. My favorite children's book as an adult (to read to my children) was Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome.

I would especially like the Oxford set, but would be happy with either.


What lovely gifts - thank you, I'd be happy with either. I'll bring the standard down a bit - I loved Enid Blyton's Famous Five, Secret Seven and I did want to be at school at Mallory Towers. Arthur Ransome and Noel Streatfield's books were favourites too. Oh, happy days!


Lovely idea - I had so many favorites as a child - I read so many more books than I do today just because I had the time, but I really loved anything that came in a series, so I think I will have to go with the Little House on the Prairie books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.

The Oxford set would be my preference - spent a lovely week there in the summer of 2011 and would love to go back again.


As a first-time commenter, I'd like to say how much I enjoy reading your blog. I absolutely love your writing style. I'd be happy with either set and a much-loved childhood book (going right back to the very beginning) was Eric Carle's The Bad-Tempered Ladybird, which I memorised in its entirety by about 2 1/2 years old. Apparently (my own memory isn't good enough to recall this!) I used to sit, fascinated and pretend to read it over and over. My repetoire's expanded a bit since I learned how to actually read...


One of my favorite childhood books was A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson. I can still recite a few lines of poetry from the book nearly 40 years later. Unfortunately my love of that book didn't translate into a love of poetry as an adult.
I would prefer the Lewis set but would be thrilled with either.
And Dark Puss, The Phantom Tollbooth was a favorite book from my husband's childhood. We still have a copy on a shelf waiting patiently for our grandson to be old enough to read it.


I'd be happy with either set.

I have so many favourite children's books, it's difficult to choose. But I'll go with Anne of Green Gables. The books by Astrid Lindgren were favourites as well.

Alison Collins

My current favourite children's book is The Children of Green Knowe by Lucy M Boston but Stig of the Dump comes close as it reminds me of some very happy school days :-)
(Either set would be lovely)


Faye, I'm so glad you like the site, and many thanks for your kind remarks!


My favourite children's book is Heidi because that was the first brand new book my uncle gave to me. He had inscribed it too so it's extra special. The book is filled with beautiful illustrations and is a treasured remembrance of my uncle who really encouraged my love of reading.

I would be happy with either set. They are both wonderful. Thanks for offering the giveaway!


Thanks to Pam for reminding me of The Child's Garden of Verses which I loved too. At Junior school we had to learn a poem end recite it for end of term exams and these were the ones I chose. My favourite series was the Chalet School books by Brent-Dyer. I didn't particularly want to go to boarding school but those books did make me want to travel and learn foreign languages.
I would be happy with either set.


Alice in Wonderland, no contest.
And illustrated by tenniel, of course.
I would be delighted with either of the prizes, thank you.

Di McDougall

Hello...I came to childrens' books latish in father gave me a Joseph Conrad novel for my 8th birthday!! But if i think back to when I discovered young people's literature in a library was Jane of Lantern Hill that stole my heart.

And my goodness, how I enjoy the Philip Pullman books...

Would love the Oxford set please....


Either set Thanks

Box of Delights is a great favourite. But the childhood book I loved as a child was a scruffy old paperback copy of Bambi (not the Disney version, although I loved the film)


I have been reading your blog for almost a year now! Marvelous writing. Once I discover your blog, I spent a rainy Sunday reading your blog in it's entirety starting from the beginning and came away with a very long reading list.
As a child I adored the Wind in the Willows and Mary Poppins - I was an Anglophile from an early age!
I would like the Oxford set if I am lucky enough to win!
Thank you

Dark Puss

I think I read it to my son first when he was 7 or 8 - he loved it immediately!

Dark Puss

I prefer the illustrations by Peake and Rackham, though of course Tenniel is very good too.

Dark Puss

Hated Wind in the Willows as a child (couldn't stand Toad) but I was surprised how different my view was when I read it to my son (but I still can't stand Toad!).


I loved the Wells books by Lorna Hill and loved the illustrations in Alison Uttley's Little Grey Rabbit series.
If my name comes up, I would be very happy with either set.


My all time favourite was the Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. I was a voracious reader so there were many that were loved and read and reread, among those, the Green Knowe series, the Narnia books and A Little Princess by F H Burnett. A preference for the C S Lewis cards please.


I'm a secret admirer of your wonderful blog! My favourite childhood book is The Family From One End Street by Eve Garnett, a Puffin Modern Classic. We had no books when I was a child, but this was on the school bookshelf and I read it many times, and still do. If I was lucky enough to win, I would love the Oxford set, thank you! x

Mary Ronan Drew

Please enter my name for the Oxford set. My favorite children's books are Little Women and Anne of Green Gables.

B R Wombat

What lovely prizes. If I were a winner, I'd like the C. S. Lewis set please. A favourite children's book is John Masefield's The Midnight Folk.


Thank you, Deborah, and I admire your stamina in reading all the posts!


I can remember loving the Rev W. Awdry's Thomas the Tank Engine books, mostly borrowed from the public library. Later it was Arthur Ransome's stories that I really enjoyed. Coot Club was a favourite and, living a little further down from the Norfolk Broads on the east coast where the story was set, a few of us had our own bird club influenced by Ransome's tales.
Either set of cards would be a joy thank you.


How lovely! When my daughter was at Oxford, she bought me a canvas bag with the Bodleian books on, which is still going strong. I've also been given several of the Bod cards, which I always keep. If I were to be lucky in the draw, I'd like the C S Lewis set to give to said daughter, who lived in Narnia as a child.

I have so many favourite children's books! I think the one I re-read most often as a child was The Secret Garden, which has influenced my ideas about gardening ever since.


PS No problems commenting today! Must have been one of those glitches.

Sarah W

My favourite book as a child was The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe so I would love to win the Lewis set. My mum read it aloud to me when I was very little, and I think it was hearing such a magical tale that made me bookworm. The Narnia Chronicles are still amongst my favourite books, and my very tatty copy of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is one of my most treasured possessions. I re-read the whole series every so often and I'm planning on doing so again in the New Year.


It's so hard to choose a favourite book, but I think I'll go with The Peppermint Pig by Nina Bawden. I used this as my specialist subject for Mastermind at my primary school, but unfortunately lost out to someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of Tottenham Hotspur. I'd love the Oxford set if my name gets drawn, thanks

Debbie B

Mine was the Owl Service by Alan Garner. Even now at the grand old age of nearly 50, I find myself pausing. for a moment when I hear a noise in the attic. It's amazing how the best children's stories stay with you, I'd like the C.S.Lewis set please if I'm drawn - another favourite author of mine


I have been reading and enjoying your blog for some time now. I also have a set of the C S Lewis Narnia books so would love the C.S Lewis set. My favourite childhood read though would probably be Tom's Midnight Garden. I have since read it to my own daughter. We have been lucky enough to inherit a lovely grandfather clock and I still half expect it to strike 13!


Love your blog.Anne of Green Gables my favorite.


At primary school Mrs Dickson read to us from Pookie and the Swallows. Pookie was a little rabbit with wings! This was my most favourite book for the longest time. Then I learned to read and the list is now endless.

Either set would do but I'm never lucky in theses things. Just sayin'.


My favourite was The Lantern Bearers by Rosemary Sutcliff.
I'd be very happy with either!


Have enjoyed your blog for a year or two but like a couple of others this is my first (or perhaps second) time commenting - something I'm trying to do more of. Very much enjoying reading about everyone's favourite children's books with some memory jogging of books such as the Little Grey Rabbit series (I loved those illustrations too and my sister still has the books now).

So many books I've loved have been listed but I'll go for The Warden's Niece by Gillian Avery as its something I still like to re-read 30 years later and also sparked a lifelong interest in history and discovering more about the past. Also The Thirteen Days of Christmas which I do have a tendency to re-read on Christmas Eve each year! If I'm lucky enought to be drawn I have a preference for the Lewis set.


The Oxford set. My childhood seems so far away now. But I did love Pippi Longstocking, oh how I would have loved to have been her. Another book was The Summer inbetween, an Australian book about a girl's summer just before she became a teenager and her conflicting interests between being a child and a teenager. Resonated with me so much at the time


One of my favourite books when I was 12 was "Pastures of the Blue Crane" by Hesba Brinsmead. But, Enid Blyton got me reading avidly and I loved the Famous Five, Secret Seven and books like The Secret of Spiggy Holes! I was another reader hugely spooked by Alan Garner's The Owl Service and I also enjoyed Susan Coopers books. I also still have the Puffin Anthology of children's poetry which encouraged my love of reading poems. I have to put in a vote for the Rupert Annual. No Christmas was complete without it! I was so fortunate to go to a primary school where our teachers read to us for the last 10 or 15 minutes each day. That's how I was introduced to Narnia through The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe. Oh I would be happy with either set, thank you - such a lovely idea Cornflower.


Hello, I am a first time commenter on here and have been enjoying your blog for a couple of years. Thankyou for pointing me in the direction of many enjoyable novels! Reading the above comments I find myself agreeing with so many, but probably Little Women and sequels, along with Anne of Green Gables stand out most! I should be happy with either set!

Dancing Beastie

It has been a pleasure to read through other people's favourites and be reminded so vividly of books I loved. (RLS, Green Knowe etc.)

The first series of stories I fell in love with were about a bear cub called Mary Plain, by Gwynnedd Rae. They were my mother's and have not worn well in style, but oh! how I adored them. Later, when I was about six or seven, I fell in love with horses and with Black Beauty, which I would read after lights-out until I fell asleep with the book on my pillow, dreaming of curb-reins and handsome cabs and chestnut mares.

The next stage was swooning Victoriana: A Little Princess and What Katy Did. Both gave me a longing to wear muslin frocks with pink sashes and to be suffering but saintly. Oh dear.

Either set of goodies from the Bod Shop would be a delight. However, since I do already have the Bodleian Oath stuck over my favourite bookshelf (!) perhaps I would plump for the Narnia editions which I loved in childhood. Thank you.


Gosh, there are so many books I loved ... Green Knowe series, The Borrowers books, The Young Detectives and The Secret of Dead Man's Cove, the Fell Farm books ... Oh, I could go on.

I'd be happy with either set -- thanks for the chance!


Lovely giveaway K. Thinking about my favourite childhood books i realised many were not really contemporary with me - but boy did i love them. Five on Finniston Farm was probably my favourite (along with the whole set), but i also had a thing for the streatfield set, the chalet school series and then Anne of Green Gables. I'd love to go into the drawing for the Lewis set, please.

Shari Acree

"The Flight of the Doves" by Walter Macken comes to mind. I was drawn to stories of runaways.


I hope that I am not too late to join the draw. I may be bringing down the standards too because I read everyone of the Famous Five by Enid Blyton and the O'Sullivan Twins. I never had the desire to go to boarding school, although I did end up in one and it was nothing like the books!!

When I was 11 one of my Christmas books I received as a gift that year was the book 'Around the World in Eighty Days' by Jules Verne. At the time we were living in Germany, with no tv and it was snowing and very cold outside and my father, on Christmas afternoon sat down and read the story to us. He did the voices and everything. I was enthralled. One of my favourite Christmas memories of all time.

If I am so lucky to win, either set would be just great.

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