I think this list is interesting for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s very Anglo-centric (not that that’s a problem for me), but I’m sure there must be some lesser known classics from outside of the UK that are easily the equal of some of these. I suppose that’s what I get for choosing a list from a British newspaper.
As far as the number one choice goes, I’m a little uncomfortable having a Christian allegory there. I’m sure the majority of people don’t get the religious connotations of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe when they read the book, but don’t like the idea of spoon-feeding kids that kind of message.
- Nicobobinus (Terry Jones and Michael. Foreman)
- Jennings’ Little Hut (Anthony Buckeridge)
- Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban (J.K. Rowling)
- George’s Marvelous Medicine (Roald Dahl)
- Albert Herbert, the Naughtiest Boy in the World, and the Olympic Games (Frank Dickens)