Posts Tagged: childhood favourites

Rereading Het pierement achter de woonwagen

C.E. Pothast-Gimberg, Het pierement achter de woonwagen (The street organ behind the wagon) Another of those books from my childhood that can only be found on second-hand-nostalgic-books sites, and very much in passing on academic and slightly academic children’s literature sites. I remember first reading it at the house of a friend of my parents,

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Rereading Geheimen van het Wilde Woud

Tonke Dragt, Geheimen van het Wilde Woud This is the sequel to De brief voor de koning, and I’ve always liked it less without knowing why. After all, it was about the same people, and a lot more people like them. But I think I may have laid my finger on it this time around:

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Rereading De brief voor de koning

Tonke Dragt, De brief voor de koning (The letter for the king) Another favourite book from my preteens and teens– perhaps a bit later than Ilja de kleine ganzenridder. It strikes me, now that I read it again after twenty years or so of Valdyas just as we’re having a bit of campaign with a

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Martijn en de magiër

(Post with a whole film!) This was one of my other half’s favourites when he was a child; I was a student then, at the same time too old and too young to watch a children’s film (also I was living in England when it came out, so I must have missed it completely). But

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Rereading De torens van februari

Tonke Dragt, De torens van februari (The towers of February) At last, a book that other people have written actual text about. It seems to have been wildly popular when it came out in 1973. I must admit that I’m one of the many people who sent the author fan mail about it (and got

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Rereading De gestolen ikoon

Attie Leijnse, De gestolen ikoon (The stolen icon) Not a single link that isn’t “buy this book here second-hand” or “I have this in my (historical) collection”. That is to say, only bibliographic information, nothing about the content. Serves me right for reading obscure books, probably. This is actually rather well written for a 1960s

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Rereading De kristallen bloem

Ronny & Noud van den Eerenbeemt, De kristallen bloem (The crystal flower) Judging by the handwriting in the (publisher-provided) “This book belongs to” box I must have been about nine when I got this. I coloured in all the line-drawing illustrations and even made my own illustrations on separate sheets with careful references in the

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Rereading Jason en het Gulden Vlies

Cor Bruijn, Jason en het Gulden Vlies “Jason and the Golden Fleece” Like Ilja, de kleine ganzenridder, this appears only on used-books sites. There’s one mention on LibraryThing but that gives no information at all. Getting this book from the library in my very early teens was part of the reason that I wanted to

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Rereading Ilja, de kleine ganzenridder

Here’s the first of the promised rereading posts. Note that this is not a review, just random observations. I’m handicapped by the fact that this is probably the first post ever that’s about this book, rather than being a mention on a book-search or used-books site. The Dutch Wikipedia doesn’t even know the author. H.

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Statement of intention

I’m currently rereading old favourites — I was about to say “childhood favourites” but what I’m reading now is the Dalemark Quartet which I only read two parts of as a child, and that in an atrocious Dutch translation that left whole scenes out when the translator didn’t understand what was happening. I fully intend

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