, June 22, 2010
(view all comments by Corvidae-C)
This book delighted me when I was a child, and continues to do so nearly 40 years later. It was the first book I checked out of a library: from across the room, I spotted (so to speak) the tiny paw prints on the pink dust jacket, and it was love at first sight. Though at seven years old I didn't understand some of the British terms ("Mama, what does 'hire-purchase' mean? What's a verger and a vicar?"), I always preferred the book's wit, wealth of interesting supporting characters, and sleek pen-and-ink illustrations to anything in film versions of the story. If you've seen any of the movies but never read the book, you'll be surprised from the very first page.