Tigerlilly Quinn: The hunting of the Snark

Monday, 7 May 2012

The hunting of the Snark

When Tom came home from work on Friday he entered the house saying 'bank holiday presents for all!' and he wasn't wrong. Wilf got this cute and colourful Alice In Wonderland colour book illustrated by Alison Oliver and I this beautiful 'The Hunting of the Snark' book by Lewis Carroll illustrated by one of my favourite authors and illustrators Tove Jansson. We also got a family board game and Tom got a interior design magazine (we are trying to cut down on them after becoming addicted when we were doing up the house..)









We are reading 'The Hunting of the Snark' as a bedtime story. Reading to my child was one of my top five things I was looking forward to about becoming a parent. We get in bed with Wilf between us and his little head and arms poking out with an exited expectant look on his face, then we snuggle down and start to read. Of course Wilf can not understand what is going on but he enjoys the rhythm and tones.  
There are so many books that are imprinted in my memory as a child, The Chronicles of Narnia, The borrowers, The tales of Earthsea, many many Diana Wynn Jones books and of course the Moomins. I think perhaps The Moomins are some of the best books ever written, you could mistake them for children's books but they are so much more than that, 'Moomin Valley in November' is really quite philosophical and at times dark! If you haven't ever read them then I encourage you to! 
What are some of your favourite childhood books? I'd love to know to add them to the list!
"life is like a river. Some people sail on it slowly, some quickly, and some capsize" - 'Moomin Valley in November 

5 comments:

hello DODO said...

Not quite in the same league as The Moomins...but I remember loving 'Peepo!' :o)
I still have my childhood copy. Apart from that all Roald Dahl.

His Little Lady said...

all such beautiful illustrations!!
xo TJ

Tigerlilly Quinn said...

ahh Peepo is a classic & firm favourite in our house to be sure! x

Charis said...

Roald Dahl... The twits, James and the giant peach... Enid Blyton - the faraway tree books and then later on the Famous Five series and indeed the Narnia series, the Borrowers and the Noddy books!

Emmi said...

A friend just gave me that very same "The Hunting of the Snark", still haven't started reading it but already loving it just for the fact that it's illustrated by Tove Jansson. Like for all the Finns I guess, Moomins had a really massive role in my childhood, too. :) And Roald Dahl is of course one of a kind as well.

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