A children’s story which is only enjoyed by Children is a bad children’s story – C. S. Lewis
How many of you is not a fan of Harry Potter? Well, if you haven’t read the book, did you watch the movie? I read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when I was in my late twenties. The magical dust of the wizarding world took some time to settle down. I used to walk around thinking, could it be really true? Though the first book is thinner, it is still one of the best. I sped through reading the other ones, but it is still the first one that I remember. The younger generation thinks it is a children’s book. No, we were equally flummoxed when we read it first. No one needs a recommendation to read a Harry Potter book. But, if you haven’t read it or not seen the movie (remember the movie is only 1/5th of the book), you are missing a lot.
I had almost not picked up this book, but it was the only book whose name was familiar at my local library. It was the time of no internet. I picked it up and being my first non-fiction, I took some time to adjust to it. It is a heart wrenching tale considering the end is very grim. But, still it is a must read. I was happy to note that my son had this book in his curriculum when he was 14, the same age as Anne Frank when she wrote the diary. I don’t think this book is only for children. It is a book to be read, to understand the human spirit and how it can overcome any difficulty.
This book needs no introduction on this blog. I have reviewed it, I have also featured it as a World War II book. It is also has children as the main characters. Liesel is only 9 in this book and she lives through the World War II giving a view of Hitler occupied Germany. It is one of my favorite books and I highly recommend it to everyone.
Why do we get attached to books with children as the leads? Could it be, there still resides a child in each one of us, in our hearts, deeply buried in a corner?
Let me know your recommendations.