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1KimB
Edited: Dec 3, 2009, 11:56pm

Just thought I would start a thread along this line.

I was actually surprised that Eragon didn't appear. It seemed to be very popular with over 12 years when it was out.

Also, there are a few of Enid Blytons on the list but no Noddy !!!

2quaintlittlehead
Dec 4, 2009, 12:28pm

I was most surprised by the absence of The Poky Little Puppy and The Five Chinese Brothers.

3BookLizard
Dec 9, 2009, 10:09am

I was surprised that Speak wasn't on the list. Also, there's nothing from Walter Dean Myers!!

Maybe Eragon wasn't included because it was originally self-published and badly in need of editing? I mean, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would, but I think it was really good for a fifteen year old to write, but not great literature.

From what I've seen, the list does seem to favor fantasy books and historical fiction over contemporary fiction. I wonder if the contributors didn't want to include things that were too recent to have actually stood the test of time?

4hdcclassic
Dec 9, 2009, 10:41am

I mentioned that generally I was impressed with the list...but.

there seems to be a bit of uncertainty how to deal with series, there are some of whom only the series as a whole has been mentioned (noted at least Gaston), some which have some parts of the series (Harry Potter) and some which included only the first book of the series regardless of its quality (Tintin in the Land of the Soviets is a horrible starter for the series...if one wants to read them in some order, start with Blue Lotus).
And Brothers Grimm get in a book, while H.C.Andersen gets in three individual fairy tales...so there is room for a change.

Now, to things I noted missing...Eduard Uspenski and Momo I mentioned in another thread, and also while there are several fine entries from European and Japanese comics, I didn't see that many from USA...Carl Barks at least should definitely get something in. (Wow, I am clamoring for more Anglo-American entries to be included, that almost never happens).

Of Finnish entries, there was a nice representation though centering mostly on new books, while some older classics might deserve a place...no Anni Swan or Zacharias Topelius. And no Kirsi Kunnas! Failure!

5BookLizard
Dec 9, 2009, 10:46am

Oh, and if you're going to include classics like the Scarlet Letter, why not include Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice? Why is A Christmas Carol the only work by Dickens included when Jules Verne gets 3 entries?

6kristenn
Jan 25, 2010, 12:32pm

My Side of the Mountain made me realize that Z for Zachariah is missing.

I would have picked Bread and Jam for Frances over Bedtime for Frances. Younger me certainly would have.

7prezzey
Feb 9, 2010, 2:31pm

I've just read the list (I'm undecided on whether to go for the challenge, maybe later) and I really missed Pavel Bazhov... he published some of the best folktales I've ever read. When I was a kid I read "Queen of the Copper Mountains" so many times the book ended up in tatters and my mom had to buy a second one.

There are some books on the list which might be hard to find in English (can you *really* buy a copy of Eclipse of the Crescent Moon outside Hungary?) and less popular books etc. so I really don't see a reason to exclude his collections of Russian folktales which where AFAIK popular all throughout the Eastern bloc.

As for comics, The Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck by Don Rosa is IMO a huge milestone and I also really enjoyed it as a teenager (and still do).

I agree with Momo, that's a quite notable omission even though The Neverending Story is on the list...

I was pleasantly surprised to see Éva Janikovszky on the list. I've spotted at least 3 Hungarian books, so I don't think Hungary is really underrepresented. (Though they are not necessarily the books I would've picked, but they *are* popular books. Éva Janikovszky is great though.)

8tjblue
Edited: Feb 15, 2010, 10:49am

I have found a few of mine and my son's favorites from when he was little.

2of the board books we read over and over were

Jamberry by Bruce Degen and Baby Beluga by Raffi.

We liked the singsong rhyming in each and the illustrations are colorful and imaginative. We liked Baby Beluga so much we bought a cassette tape of Raffi songs and kept in the car.

Bernard Bear's Amazing Adventures by Hans de Beer
The Raft by Jim LaMarche

Both the stories and illustrations are wonderful. The illustrations are colorful and full of detail.

Micawber by John Lithgow He is an actor who has been in many movies and was on 3rd Rock from the Sun. The story is about a squirrel who lives in Central Park and he loves art. The illustrations are what caught my eye, but the story itself may inspire children to want to paint or visit museums.

A Mother For Choco by Keiko Kasza is a sweet story about a little bird looking for a mother.

and one I recently found at the library while looking for titles from 1001 Books.

Library Lion by Michelle Knudsen It teaches kids about friendship and manners or rules and how wonderful the public library can be.

9TomKitten
Aug 16, 2010, 3:16pm

I've only recently been able to read through the book and I've been fairly impressed with what was included. (Any such list that includes The Elephant and the Bad Baby, Burglar Bill and John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat is off to a great start, as far as I'm concerned.) I do feel that Edward Ormondroyd's David and the Phoenix is as worthy as many of the titles that made the list and, of course, the one really glaring omission is The Tale of Tom Kitten, but then I would say that, wouldn't I?