I am a huge huuuuuuuuge bookworm and I love to talk about books. I think you have already realized that. And you all know how much I love crime novels but I have never talked about the favorite books of my childhood I need to change that. Because they mean a lot to me and they are a huge part of who I am.
So here is a list (I love books and making lists!) of the books that accompanied me in my childhood years. I have read all of them in German but I am sure there's an English edition of some of the books.
1. Die kleine Hexe and Der Räuber Hotzenplotz by Ottfried Preußler
I remember that I always had a poster of Die kleine Hexe (The little witch) in my bedroom. I went to see the stage play with my parents and they bought me the poster there. I loved it.
It is the story of a little witch who lives with her raven Abraxas in a little house in the woods. her biggest wish is to fly on her broom with the adult witches on the Blocksberg.
Der Räuber Hotzenplotz (The robber Hotzenplotz) is the adventure of Kasperl and Seppel who try to find the Räuber Hotzenplotz who stole Kasper's grandmother's coffee mill.
2. Fünf Freunde by Enid Blyton
I guess everybody knows The Famous Five and their adventures. It's the story about George, Julian, Dick, Anne and Timmy the dog and they solve mysteries.
I have so many tapes and books of them, I think I know all their stories. I already liked crime stories as a child. :)
3. Das alte Haus by Wilhelm Matthießen
This book is a collection of several short stories and it is from 1923. All the stories start with "Es war einmal..." (Once upon a time) and they are oriented at the seasons. My favorite is the story about the Kartoffelkönig (the potato king).
4 TKKG by Stefan Wolf
TKKG stands for Tim, Karl, Klößchen and Gabi. 4 friends who are hobby detectives and solve crimes together. I know, again. They also have a dog, he is called Oskar. My lovely Miss Sugar Shack reminded me of them! Thank you, Liebes! They are definitely my childhood heroes. I also wanted to be a detective and solve crimes with my dog and friends.
5. Die Drei Fragezeichen
I already talked about them on Monday, so you can read the post here.
6. Frieder series by Gudrun Mebs
The first book of the series is called " "Oma" schreit Frieder". It's the story about the 6 year old Frieder and his hilarious grandmother. I loved their adventures because I also had a very close relationship to my grandmother Anneliese. She had a kidney disease and died when I was 9. That was the first terrible experience in my life. So after she died I still loved to read those books because they reminded me of her.
7. Astrid Lindgren
Astrid Lindgren was a Swedish writer and I love ALL her books and stories. She was such an awesome writer and I think every kid should know her stories. I can't even tell you what's my favorite. Pippi Langstrumpf (Pippi Longstocking) is definitely one of my heroes. I wanted to be like her. She lives in a house with a horse and a monkey, she is unbelievably strong, can do what she wants and her father is a pirate. She's awesome. I also love the Michel-series. Michel lives on a farm and fools around all day. So cool. And Ronja Räubertochter! Another amazing character. I definitely recommend watching the movies. I own the whole Astrid Lindgren collection and watch them over and over.
By the way: Pippi's full name is Pippilotta Viktualia Rollgardina Pfefferminz Efraimstochter Langstrumpf. I am a little jealous because this is the most amazing name EVER.
8. Das fliegende Klassenzimmer by Erich Kästner
I think I have watched the movie at least 50 times! So good! Das fliegende Klassenzimmer means "The flying class room" so you can imagine how cool it is. I can't really tell you the whole plot because it consists of so many single episodes but it is a story about friendship, courage and family. A must read and see!
9. Vorstadtkrokodile by Max von der Grün
"The suburb crocodiles" is a children's gang and you have to pass a test of courage to become a member. It is a story about friendship and the integration of disabled people. I think I have watched the movie every single Sunday when I was a child. And I still own the tape (!!).
10. Spürnase Jakob Nachbarkind by Christine Nöstlinger
Family Zoch inherited an old villa. They would love to move in but they don't have enough money for the renovations. Jakob is in love with one of the Zoch daughters and convinced that there must be some money hidden in the old house. The search begins.
I recomment to read all Nöstlinger books! They are all fantastic! And I love the fact that all stories takes place in Vienna and lots of words are in Viennese. So wonderful!
....and I have just realized that my list is endless. There are so many more books that I love. I still haven't talked about Der Struwwelpeter, Momo, Urmel aus dem Eis, Der kleine Vampir and Rennschwein Rudi Rüssel yet.
The fantastic thing is that I still have all the books from my childhood.
And now I want to read all of them again! :)
What are your favorite books from your childhood?
Have a lovely Wednesday!