Wednesday 12 November 2014


Another look at classic children's books my readers really recommend... have you read any of these? Pick one and give it a try!
Kym says:
I am not 100% sure why Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is one of my favourite books… it's hard to pin it down! I actually saw the Disney film before I read the book. I have always loved stories with great imagination and something that steps away from 'real life'. I am also a sucker for good artwork, and this book is SO beautiful. Some of the editions of Alice I've seen really do stand out. Roald Dahl's Matilda is another one of my childhood favourites. I had a rough childhood and that book always brought comfort to me. I always keep my eyes out for Matilda books because I like to collect as many different editions as I can!

Hazel says:
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott is my favourite classic book. My mom even has copies of the first two volumes, published in 1878 (and no, she wasn't born then)! The book is about the four March sisters and is set during the American Civil War. The sisters are Meg, the oldest, who is good and loves pretty things; Jo, the tomboyish bookworm and aspiring author; Beth, kind, shy but a brilliant pianist; and Amy, the youngest, stubborn, a bit vain and an amazing artist. The four sisters and their friend and neighbour Laurie get into situations that will make you laugh, cry and gasp. There are tears, laughter, hate, pride and even a touch of romance. This is the first proper 'classic' I read and I love it. I've now read it over and over and I don't think that will ever stop!

Gemma says:
I first read Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery when I was nine; it was confusing to begin with and I don't know how many times I read and re-read those first few pages. A year later, two other friends and I started to read it again and this time I loved it. It reminds me of my childhood, and it was the first classic I ever read… I've read heaps since then! I love it, because it makes me laugh every single time at Anne's antics. I did have a beautiful paperback copy that I got for my ninth birthday, but I lent it to someone and never got it back. For anyone who gets a chance to read this book, I highly recommend you do!

Lauren says:
Snow White and Rose Red is quite a special story to me, and mainly because of my mom - you see, this book was hers as a child, and when I was growing up she often read me this story and all the others in the book, such as the Twelve Dancing Princesses. The story is about two young girls who take care of a bear. In the end, it is revealed that the bear is actually a prince who had been put under a spell… so there's a marriage and a happy ending! However, what makes it special is that with our long hair, my blonde older sister and I somewhat resemble the girls in the story now! Also, red happens to be my favourite colour, so Mom often calls me Rose Red now!

Cathy says:
Oooh… is your favourite classic book here? If not, COMMENT BELOW to tell me about it… I may invite you to take part in a future DREAMCATCHER feature on fave classic reads!


  1. The bear 'is' a prince, not "os". Sorry. I know the i and o keys are right next to each other. I've already written about my favourite classics which aren't on this list but I guess it takes you ages to edit anything I say because I go on and on for ages! I'm fond of Matilda though. My friend came over for a sleepover and we spent ages trying to find a film we both wanted to watch. Matilda was the only one we both liked.
    Blue. :-)

    1. thanks Ms Blue… the perils of one-in-the-morning editing…

  2. I love classic reads so much! I think people my age under rate them and think they'll be boring or proper! That is totally wrong! The sisters in Little Women get up to loads of mischief and In 'A Little Princess', Sara makes up the greatest and funniest tales! Hamdi:)xxx

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  4. Well...I'm not entirely sure its a classic, to me it is though. My favourite thing in the world is Poirot, by Agatha Christie. Not the thing your average 15 year old girl would like (I doubt most would even know what it is) but, there it is. My friends laugh at me for loving it, but I love him to much to really care. When I was about 10 or 11 I started watching it on TV, and completely fell in love with the whole thing. Then as I got older, I've started to read the books too. I haven't read a lot yet, but so far I'd say my favourite is probably Murder on the Orient Express.
    Again, not exactly sure her works are considered classic (if they aren't they should be!), well. ;D

  5. Classics are one of my favourite genres, and I love Sherlock Holmes, Little Women, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Wizard Of Oz, The Famous Five and tons more.

  6. what happends if i am crush what do i do?

    1. If you're a crush don't make a big fuss over it, and if you like them back, try asking them if they do, but be subtle. If you're confused wait a while and think about if you like them too.



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