My Favourite Childhood Book for World Book Day

My favourite childhood book is Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson.

I still have my original copy of it on a bookshelf at home, with its slightly scuffed and worn cover, and my name scrawled in pen on the inside.

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I also have a new edition that my wife gave me a few years ago, still inside its wrapping.

My childhood copy has wonderful illustrations, on really smooth and glossy paper, which makes it feel somewhat luxurious.

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I remember taking it with me every time my family holidayed in Cornwall; I would re-read it every summer.

I loved the adventure, and would sometimes imagine what I would have done if I were Jim; would I have been as brave as him? No, probably not.

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Long John Silver was exciting and intriguing, but also terrifying at the same time.

I now know, of course, just how much this book influenced our notions of what pirates should look like.

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I watch my young sons play with their toy pirate ships, and look forward to reading Treasure Island with them when they’re a little bit older, to take them on an adventure on the Hispaniola.

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World Book Day is Thursday 1st March.

What was your favourite childhood book? Let me know in the comments below…

12 comments

  1. I didn’t discover Treasure Island until I was an adult, and I loved it! As a child, my favorites were Charlotte’s Web and the Little House on the Prairie series. We were in Missouri a few years ago and my husband was sweet enough to agree to a LONG detour to see Laura and Almanzo’s home in Mansfield. There were hundreds of people there and I think he and our two sons were the only males. Haha It was a dream come true for me though. 🙂

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