*The above statement is to be read with a large dosage of salt.
Since working in a bookshop i’ve decided that children’s books are better than adults. In the following post I will attempt to display why this is the case. If your friends and family become bemused by your book taste in consequence I apologise.
1. The love that Pirates, Dinosaurs and Aliens have for underpants is well documented in children’s literature.
2. How many adults books – written by doctors – prescribe ‘Green Eggs and Ham’?
3. Terry Pratchett’s most side splitting Discworld protagonists (The Nac Mac Feegle’s) only feature (significantly) in The Tiffany Aching young adult series.
“We cannae just rush in, ye ken." "Point o' order, Big Man. Ye can just rush in. We always just rush in." "Aye, Big Yan, point well made. But ye gotta know where ye're just gonna rush in. Ye cannae just rush in anywhere. It looks bad, havin' to rush oout again straight awa'.”
'Rob Anybody looked offended. ‘We ne’er get lost!’ he said. ‘We always ken where we are! It’s just sometimes mebbe we aren’t sure where everything else is, but it’s no’ our fault if everything else gets lost! The Nac Mac Feegle are never lost!’
-Terry Pratchett, The Wee Free Men (Discworld, #30)
4. Sean Tan’s illustrations
‘The Wave’ Suzy Lee
7. Meg, Winnie, the Worst Witch and their other supernatural literary pals
8. And finally, because children’s books – teeming as they are with fantastical ideas and imagery designed to engage a childish imagination – make great adult reads >
See ‘The Hobbit’, ‘The Lion, Witch and The Wardrobe’, ‘Wind in the Willow’s’, Little Women’ and even …..’Harry Potter’