1. Betsy-Tacy by Maud Hart Lovelace
A sweet foray into the innocent pleasures of an early 20th century childhood. Lovelace somehow blends realistic childhood play, such as paper dolls and birthday party games, into the imagination so that you can hardly tell where one stops and another begins. An excellent read for times when you feel like you’re forgetting how much you’d like to ride on a cloud for a while.
2. The BFG by Roald Dahl
A scrumdiddlyumptious book indeed! As always, Roald Dahl slapped me on the side of the head with his delicious wordplay and elegant story-lines. Although The Witches still remains my favorite to date, how can one not love that the main character here gets to visit the queen of England and dine on a table made of grand pianos?
3. The Wonderful Wizard of OZ by L. Frank Baum
If you would like to take my suggestion and step into your childhood shoes for a while with these books, make sure to get the edition of OZ illustrated by Barry Moser. He has done quite a few of my favorite works, including the Arion press edition of Moby-Dick (also highly recommended), and his stark black and whites almost rival the text for beauty. Having never read the Wizard of OZ before, I found that it is to its movie as the Grim brothers are to their Disney counter parts – that is, be prepared for a little more gore, but a lot more consistency.