I have a lot of childhood books that I consider essential and my favourite, my most favourite is called A Great And Terrible Beauty by Liba Bray
It’s a wonderful book if you ever get a chance to read it, thanks has elements of fantasy and historical fiction which are my two favourite genres with a hint of mystery. However, this challenge is about books I haven’t read yet, so I choose a book that was made for childhood and I really enjoyed the movie. So I read The Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum, the books was very different than the movie but was still enjoyable and I read it in 2 days.
If you aren’t familiar with the story it’s about a girl named Dorothy that finds herself in the magical land of OZ after an incident with and tornado. She befriends a brainless scarecrow, a heartless tin man, and a cowardly lion and they head to the see the Wizard of OZ to help them grant their wishes. However there is a wicked witch they they have to encounter and many other strange creatures; some frightening, some kind, all can talk and take the reader on a wild adventure through the land of OZ.
The book thought a nice light easy read wasn’t something I’d really recommend to anyone over the age of 10. It’s a children’s book obviously, but the writing had the very childish aspect of having unnecessary details and skipping a long to further the plot. It was a fast read because it was faulty written, but it’s a book that I would keep and share with my kids one day. A classic that needs to be told, and everyone should know the true version instead of just the movie version!
If you have kids, this is definitely something to consider, it’s light and really carries the ideals of friendship and that we hold everything we need in ourselves even if we don’t realize it. A great lesson to learn when your young, and all the characters are so silly and really bring the imagination alive. Also, if you are like me you can watch the movie after and compare and contrast!
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