Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Coming soon! Book club with the boys (Vintage Children's Classics)

It's something I've been wanting to do for absolutely AGES, starting a family book club with my boys, but it took seeing these amazing new Vintage Classics range at the Random House Children's Books blogger brunch before I managed to get going with it.  As you can see, E is quite excited about it.  He's chosen Five Children and It by E Nesbit as his first choice.  Mostly, I believe, because we've already seen a film adaptation for it and he found it to be quite funny!  Look out for joint reviews of these books by both E and myself.

List of books we'll be reading in the very near future, and some of E's initial thoughts:

Five Children and It by E Nesbit - I've watched Five Children and It on the tv, and I liked it.  I really like the sand monster. I think it'll be funny and I like funny books. The cover of this book looks exciting.

The Silver Sword by Ian Serraillier - This book looks like old and about war.  I'm not sure what it's about but I like the sound of swords.  I think it would be scary to be on my own like these children.

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll - We've read chapter one so far and it's pretty funny so far. There's a hippopotamus in the middle of water. *laughs* I like the cover, because Alice is falling and it looks like 'ahhhhhhhh!'

Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kastner - I like detectives! Maybe there will be a missing bike stolen by an evil burglar? Because there's a bike on the cover? I like trains too, and I'd be excited to take a train on my own but I would be very angry if someone stole from me.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson - I like pirates! Pirates! Shiver me timbers! Stolen treasure, pirates, a pirate ship.  This book looks like an adventure! *more pirate noises*

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett - I think, from the cover, a little girl is going to find a garden. The garden looks very old because everything is growing tall, over this house. I think I'll enjoy it because it used to be one of mommy's favourite books growing up.

The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken - Wolves (E actually said 'it looks wolfy'). It looks like the wolves want to eat the two girls, which would be quite scary, I think.

And if you're interested in the Vintage Classics range, you can check out their catalogue, and also their website, World of Stories, coming soon!  You will be seeing a lot more of these books here on the blog and I'm really quite excited to have a more interactive reading experience with my two lovely boys.

I hope you'll enjoy our posts as much as we'll enjoy reading these books and sharing our thoughts with you! Stay tuned, first review coming up very shortly! 


  1. What a brilliant idea! I'm going to shamelessly steal it off you when mine are a bit older ;)

  2. Looks like you're going to have a lot of fun with these wonderful classics - enjoy!

  3. What an excellent idea. Good luck with it. I hope the boys enjoy the books.

  4. What a wonderful idea! Already looking forward to your posts :)

    1. Thanks Jenni :) The summer holidays have been a bit rough for sorting out a book club routine, but we'll get there!

  5. What a great idea, I hope you all enjoy the books :D

  6. That's a great read, thanks for sharing.


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