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This week’s topic is Favourite Childhood book. When I was growing up, I used to hate reading. See English was my least favourite subject, you wouldn’t think that now though. When I was in Year 3, my favourite teacher understood my problem and was on hand to help me to improve.
She gave me a list of different children’s authors that she felt would help me. Now, there’s only one author from this list that I have continued reading into my adulthood. That particular author is Jacqueline Wilson, who has written over 70 children’s books focusing on adoption, divorce and mental illness.
I really enjoy reading her books, I feel they are perfect for people of all ages. I have not stopped reading her books despite the age I am, I think she’s an author like Roald Dahl. I also love the illustrations by Nick Sharratt. He is very talented, he has illustrated all of Jacqueline’s books. Some books include little illustrations to describe what’s going on.
Whereas other books include a full page illustration. I feel these bring the story to life, as well as feeling like the books you read as a child. I know books are to allow your imagination to go wild but I think these fit right in. My all-time favourite book is The Story of Tracy Beaker, this was the first book that I read from her.
Other books I’ve enjoyed the most from Jacqueline are Best Friends, Candyfloss, Hetty Feather, Sapphire Battersea and The Worst Thing About My Sister. A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to meet Jacqueline when she visited my local Waterstones. I adore meeting authors, so this was an amazing opportunity.
This made the child in me jump for joy. I was able to get my books signed by her and personalised, which is really nice and a good addiction to my collection. She is a lovely person and it was a pleasure meeting her! I will never forget it and the queue that wrapped the whole way around the store and outside into Drake Circus!
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I suppose not many of you would know Jacqueline, or you might all surprise me and know her! She’s the only author I remember from my childhood. Let me know in the comments your favourite book from your childhood and why.