Daily Archives: August 4th, 2010

Day 13, of 30 Days of Books

Day 13 – Favorite childhood book OR current favorite YA book (or both!)

The Changeover is up there… as is The Neverending Story. The Changeover is awesome because it portrays a fairly realistic girl, and her relationship with her little brother is also very realistic. And then there’s Sorry, the witchy boy who comes to her aid… and his mother, who is just brilliant.

The Neverending Story is way, way better than its film adaptations, much as I quite liked the first one (and watched the second because of a Jonathan Brandis crush). Complex and sympathetic characters, things going wrong at every turn, but ultimately a marvelous resolution. And the writing is so vivid and entrancing, it amazes me that it’s in translation.

Also, I’d like to put in a plug for Avocado Baby. Most awesome picture book in the world (closely followed by Where is the Green Sheep? and Myrtle the Turtle, which I cannot find ANYWHERE.) Feed your babies avocado, people, and they will become superhumanly strong!