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Harry Potter turns 20 and listeners share other fave magical childhood reads

Pippa Hudson celebrated 20 years since the publication of the first Harry Potter novel and asked listeners to share the books they have loved since childhood, which they kept on re-reading even into adulthood.

Here are some of the lovely Whatsapp and text messages sent to CapeTalk.

• Hi Pippa Mine was Tom Sawyer. I LOVED it. It is so funny. It takes a bit getting used to the dropped sounds. Where the h falls away. But once you have got it its a steal Margie

• I used to read 'Charlotte's Web' by E.B White every year to my Grade 2 classes. And cried every time! I retired in 2004 and have read it several times since... and still cry! Pauline

• Wind in the Willows and The Water Babies

• Pullmans Golden Compass and other in His Dark Secrets. Lyra is awesome

• My daughter Zoe is a Harry Potter fan went through a stage where she was reading only that and we had to watch the movies with her for hours on end. My favourite books is Roall Dhall amazing write

• Enjoy the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, the Famous Five.

• My wife is a preschool teacher and reads to her class every year the magical faraway tree. Steve

• Calvin & Hobbes! If you havent spent time with Calvin and his stuffed tiger lately, do your inner child a favour! Im 37years old and still love them!Ralph Otto

• I love to listen to the Harry Potter audiobooks read by Steven Fry!!! What a voice! Like butter melting on hot toast... Jo

• I read Astrix books with the same glee as when I was young. Adam

• Harry Potter, the diary of Adrian Mole, Spud, and etc are not just for children

Hi Pippa, the book that always makes me cry, is "The Christmas Kitten" by James Herriot (the vet) So sad, but ends so beautifully (sniff!) Sue

Pippa, Tell Tandi to read " Treasure Island" A story about an old sailor, shipwrecked on a desert island with two toddlers, brother and sister The old man dies while the children are about 9 or 10, and they have to learn about life themselves I thinj the author was Robert Louis Stevenson , Also "Robinson Crusoe" Jim in Brooklyn (I READ THEM AT AGE 8) 26 June 2017 | 14:26

  1. Hi Pippa as a child I read and enjoyed The children of the New Forest by Capt J Marriott reread many times Colleen Plumstead 26 June 2017 | 14:16

  2. Little Women Louisa May Alcott First read at age 9 I still have my Grandmother's copy Alicia

  3. What Katy Did, Anne of Green Gables 26 June 2017 | 14:13

  4. 2 Hi Pippa My daughters are Now aged 17 and 14 I must have read them the Faraway tree at least 3 times each as s child That was my special time with them Tony 26 June 2017 | 14:13

  5. also Phillip Pullman trilogy His Dark Materials 26 June 2017 | 14:12

  6. Hi Pippa I have always enjoyed the Paddington stories I'm sure that children miss so much of the humour and the very accurate portrayal of people Denis 26 June 2017 | 13:41

  7. And anything my Michael Morpurgo 26 June 2017 | 13:39

  8. Hi Pippa I read my daughter The Phantom Tolbooth which we both loved! Julia

Hi Pippa what was awesome to me was Aragon series, mainly the age of the author it was and is truly amazing Mike 26 June 2017 | 13:31

  1. BFG is easy to read over and over Also any Dr Seuss Cynthia 26 June 2017 | 13:23

  2. My two favourites are Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer and The Twits by Roald Dahl Michelle

Emails:

Catherine - I'm loving reading the Roald Dhal books and Enid Blyton's Faraway Tree books to my 7 and 4 year old boys!

Charlotte: Our writer's club (West Coast Writer’s Circle) held a morning honouring women writers who had left a lasting impression on us and shaped our lives. This verse comes from a poem written in respect of it.

Enid Blyton began it: I lived with what she created. Daily I visited the tree dwellers Who lived in ‘The Faraway Tree’ With the magic she gave us That made my imagination a reality

And later ‘The Famous Five’ and ‘Nancy Drew ‘ Who took me with them on their adventures And taught me that every puzzle is solvable

Dee from Pinelands has recently become a granny and emailed Pippa her suggestions. She says she is looking forward to being able to read these books again to her granddaughter:

Bill Peet (he was the sole illustrator for the Disney movies The Sword and the Stone and 101 Dalmatians) His books are really fab - with Titles like: The Wingdindilly, The Pinkish, Bluish, Purplish Egg, The Wump World they can only be great. We used to get these books from the Pinelands Library and were able to recite them word perfect.

Geraldine Elliot She wrote 4 books in the Nadzikambethe Singing Chameleon series. These are stories of Africa with wonderful characters like Kamba the Tortoise, Khalulu the rabbit, Mvu the Elephant, etc. We still love reading them today.

Patricia Thomas She wrote this wonderful book called "stand back said the elephant I'm going to sneeze. Is written in rhyme and even today the kids and I can recite the poem. "The zebra yelled Yippes there goes my stripes"

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