Dilly The Dinosaur, by Tony Bradman
Like a dino version of Horrid Henry, Dilly was always causing mayhem and I loved his ear-splitting super-scream tantrums (reminded me of my brother when he was a child!) I was thrilled when it was made into a BBC TV series and I even rang the author once and probably became his youngest (and only) book stalker!
The BFG, by Roald Dahl
I remember reading this book whilst in bed, secretly hoping that the Big Friendly Giant would come and befriend me as his ‘human bean’ when he was dream catching! I got totally lost in all the fantastical giant characters like the Fleshlumpeater and Gizzardgulper (if a little scared…) and was incredibly jealous when Sophie got to meet the Queen.
The Tales Of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter
I had the hardback version of Peter Rabbit and I remember absorbing each page, loving the illustrations. Beautiful visuals aside, I enjoyed the story of Peter the rabbit and would build up images in my head of the garden and how I wished our weed ridden garden was as magical as Mr McGregor’s, with suited bunnies and talking sparrows wandering around!
Mr Men series, by Roger Hargreaves
A definite on all my birthday and Christmas lists, I remember collecting the Mr Men books and laughing out loud when reading them. I loved the different characters and being a very visual person, I liked that all the characters had their own identity and weird/ funny traits.
The Story Of Tracy Beaker, by Jacqeline Wilson
I loved Tracy Beaker’s mad approach to life and her wacky dreams and thoughts. I always thought she had such a fun and varied life which made me want to read on and find out what she’s getting up to! The animations were equally as nuts, which I was drawn to.