I love books and reading so I couldn’t let World Book Day pass without mention.
From the earliest moments of my life books have been a feature and that’s influenced my work. It’s no coincidence that I draw so many cute animals, and that I anthropomorphise them – you’ll see why when I share a few of the books that have made an impact on me 🙂
Thumpity Thump Gets Dressed
Along with Peepo, Thumpity Thump is the first book I remember. It’s a fun picture book, with the cutest, fluffiest bunny – who apparently I called Thumpy Thump, Thumpity having too many syllables for my young self to cope with.
This book was read to me so many times and it’s still in mum’s house, waiting for me: if I ever get around to having kids of my own, darn tooting I’ll be reading it to them too.
Bonus fact – that ragged bit on the top of the spine? That’s where our pet bunny had a nibble!
Dudley the Dormouse
Dudley is just adorable! Gotta love a teeny dormouse that sleeps in a slipper and goes on adventures, often involving food. Like his jam-making escapades 🙂
We had 5 Dudley books (well, have is more accurate… they’ve been kept too!), all beautifully illustrated.
Winnie the Pooh
No list of books would be complete without Pooh Bear. Wonderful stories (my favourite is the one where Pooh eats all the honey and gets stuck while trying to leave Rabbit’s house; I can well remember watching the cartoon version of that too), full of humour and heart, with fantastic illustrations by E. H. Shepard.
The Animals of Farthing Wood
Even once I was on to reading by myself, cute animals still featured quite a lot. I watched The Animals of Farthing Wood on tv before reading it, and just loved it.
As with Winnie the Pooh, the way all these different types of animals worked together and formed friendships really appealed. I guess that’s why my Henry the Hedgehog has all sorts of different friends, like badgers, foxes and bears.
Even as an adult I still read the odd book that has an animal as a character (as opposed to just a pet).
Like the Farseer books by Robin Hobb. The main character, Fitz, has magic and can communicate with animals. His wolf companion, Nighteyes, is just as compelling a character as any of the humans. Plus, there’s dragons. Need I say more?
Over to you
Are you an avid reader too? Which books have made an impact on you?
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