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Rainet
04-09-09, 01:07 PM
I have a nephew that is turning 8. As an avid reader growing up. It brings me back to what I used to read. Makes me want to track some of them down now for old times sake. Some off the top of my head are

Danny Dunn series
Choose your own adventure series
The Great brain series
Indian in the cupboard
Henry Huggins (Beverly Clearly)
Tintin
Asterix
Osbourne spy books

Thereís 2 series that I canít for the life of me remember the title of.

One is about a boy who becames friends with this alien and just deal with everyday life on earth. One thing I do remember is that the alien would always eat dinner or food with a pill. A pill could be steak and potatoes and as soon as you swallow the pill it feels like you ate a steak and potato dinner.

The other is about a overweight boy named Ben (I think) and has a couple friends that deal with being a type of detective, sort of like the Danny Dunn series. I think a clock or something is involved. I know. Doesnít make much sense.

If anyone can shed some light on those two series, it would make my day. :)

Joe Molotov
04-09-09, 03:34 PM
The other is about a overweight boy named Ben (I think) and has a couple friends that deal with being a type of detective, sort of like the Danny Dunn series. I think a clock or something is involved. I know. Doesnít make much sense.

The Three Investigators? I seem to remember one of them being referred to as being "stocky".

tommyp007
04-09-09, 05:06 PM
I LOVED the Three Investigators when I was a kid. I've considered trying to find some of the original printings (back when it was Alfred Hitchcock and the Three investigators) to keep for my kids, and possibly re-read myself again :)

al_bundy
04-21-09, 01:58 PM
THe Hobbit
Nancy Drew
Harry Potter
DragonLance and other D&D books (there are a million of them)
Star Wars novels

arminius
04-21-09, 03:11 PM
Danger in the Everglades
Frumpet and Me
Emil and the Detectives

MBoyd
04-21-09, 03:50 PM
Another vote for Alfred Hitchcock and The Three Investigators. I'd love to get a collection of these. I think they go for a bit of change on ebay since they deleted the Hitch references in later editions.

But I think the stocky character in that series is named Jupiter.

The alien series sounds like it could be the one I read where the alien helps two kids build a rocket to his home on the moon. He would always ask them to bring him back some air in a jar from the moon. I think the alien passed as a small frail human scientist with a larger than normal head.

Crizzar
04-21-09, 07:00 PM
Definitely Three investigators. The one you're referring to is the Screaming Clock: http://product.half.ebay.com/Alfred-Hitchcock-and-the-Three-Investigators-in-Mystery-of-Screaming-Clock_W0QQtgZinfoQQprZ4439176

and here's the complete list:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Three_Investigators

Nick Danger
04-21-09, 08:12 PM
For some reason, I'm thinking of the Mushroom Planet series by Eleanor Cameron. I don't know why.

There was also a Roast Beef and Baked Potato gum in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

MBoyd
04-21-09, 08:22 PM
Nick Danger! You are my hero!!!! I have racked my brain trying to think of that series for ages!!!! For some reason i thought it was the moon they went to that had an atmosphere, but I mis-remembered it. 1954 . . . wow these books were ancient when I read them in 79 or 80.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wonderful_Flight_to_the_Mushroom_Planet

keyed
04-22-09, 12:27 AM
I'll throw in Encyclopedia Brown

bdshort
04-22-09, 03:31 AM
Throw in someone else who was a fan of The Three Investigators when they were a kid! I also liked Encyclopedia Brown, and The Hardy Boys (the old school ones and the newer, at the time, Hardy Boys Casefiles). I remember reading them with my mom all the time before bed, and we always ended up staying up way to long, just to see what would happen next!

Nick Danger
04-22-09, 08:59 AM
Nick Danger! You are my hero!!!! I have racked my brain trying to think of that series for ages!!!! For some reason i thought it was the moon they went to that had an atmosphere, but I mis-remembered it. 1954 . . . wow these books were ancient when I read them in 79 or 80.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wonderful_Flight_to_the_Mushroom_Planet

http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-happy091.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org)

Rex Power Colt-Robot Man
04-23-09, 10:29 AM
Maniac McGee
Boxcar Children
Bruce Coville books
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Thanks OP... I feel old now.

arminius
04-23-09, 02:31 PM
For some reason, I'm thinking of the Mushroom Planet series by Eleanor Cameron. I don't know why.

There was also a Roast Beef and Baked Potato gum in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
I got that book at a school book fair back around 1963/64 and my parents still have it.

tstouder
04-24-09, 04:53 PM
over the years, I have tracked down many childhood books from book sales and from ebay. This allowed me to complete my collections of:
Hardy Boys
Nancy Drew
Happy Hollisters
Three Investigators
Bobbsey Twins
Danny Dunn

I hope my kids will love these series just like I did. alot of great memories from these books. I was a real nerd and bought these books in the same formats I remember as a kid too :)

notkevinbacon
04-24-09, 05:12 PM
Besides a lot of the ones mentioned already...

I remember some of my favorites when I was younger were the Brian Jacques fantasy novels. Redwall, Mossflower, Martin the Warrior, etc.

Gotta throw in Shel Silverstein too.

fumanstan
04-24-09, 06:00 PM
Maniac McGee
Boxcar Children
Bruce Coville books
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing

Thanks OP... I feel old now.

I liked Maniac McGee too, in fact I liked his other book, Space Station Seventh Grade even better.

hotsexyboi
04-24-09, 06:03 PM
I'd love reading Goosebumps when I was young...thats the only main ones I would read..lol!

Wag
04-24-09, 07:19 PM
Some of these are repeats, but the first is one of my favorites (and hasn't been mentioned!):

The Phantom Tollbooth
The Little House Series by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Hardy Boys Series
The Bobbsey Twins Series
The Three Investigators
Wonderful Flight to the Mushroom Planet (thanks for the memory jog!)
The Mad Scientists Club
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Rex Power Colt-Robot Man
04-24-09, 08:50 PM
I liked Maniac McGee too, in fact I liked his other book, Space Station Seventh Grade even better.

Never knew he did another one. Gonna have to check it out.

Travis McClain
05-01-09, 05:07 PM
I mostly read comics as a kid, but I remember reading a ton of Beverly Cleary books in the second or third grade. I loved Ramona Quimby, Age 8 and Ralph and the Motorcycle. I also remember buying 2-Minute Mysteries at a Scholastic book fair that I got into. (I wasn't particularly good at deducing what I was supposed to deduce, though, for some reason.)

In the late 80s I discovered baseball and I remember reading several different books about that subject. I read a biography of Johnny Bench in which I learned that he could hold five baseballs in one hand. There was a book about a young boy who was a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals who helped Stan "The Man" Musial out of a slump by noting that he couldn't see the famed slugger's jersey number on TV when he swung. Musial fixed his swing and came out of the slump.

There was also another kids book about a boy who played Little League, and my brother and I both enjoyed it. All I remember today is that the kid startles a fielder about to tag him out by shouting "Ooga booga!" and he ran or slid to safety.

dtcarson
05-01-09, 05:17 PM
Phantom Tollbooth is great, I've already read that one with my boy, we'll revisit it when he's a bit older and will get more of the jokes/references.

Hardy Boys, of course.
Danny Dunn.
Alvin Fernald was another series I enjoyed.

I liked the Alfred Hitchcock collections, they had quite a variety of stories in them, and the school library had some great hardbound editions. I can only remember a couple stories--Obstinate Uncle Otis, another about a guy who created a magic weight loss potion, one about some 'dirty' good luck fairies.

I got the Mushroom Planet books from the library book sale a year or so back but haven't read them yet.

I think I liked the Which Way books better than Choose Your Own Adventure.

mikehunt
05-03-09, 11:24 AM
Hatchet

arminius
05-03-09, 12:42 PM
Hatchet

Gesundheit!

fiver
05-03-09, 04:25 PM
My favorite book then and now:

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Others:

The Paddington Bear series by Michael Bond
The original OZ books by L. Frank Baum - wonderful for kids of both sexes and all ages
Encylcopedia Brown
I second The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Runaway Ralph, and Ralph S. Mouse. I remember really enjoying those.
The Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander
Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little by E.B. White of course
All the Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins books by Beverly Cleary
Another vote for The Hardy Boys.

Then I got more interested in the SF novels of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke, Frank Herbert around 10. Some of these I still read every now and then.

Michael

arminius
05-04-09, 09:59 AM
My favorite book then and now:

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Others:

The Paddington Bear series by Michael Bond
The original OZ books by L. Frank Baum - wonderful for kids of both sexes and all ages
Encylcopedia Brown
I second The Mouse and the Motorcycle, Runaway Ralph, and Ralph S. Mouse. I remember really enjoying those.
The Chronicles of Prydain series by Lloyd Alexander
Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little by E.B. White of course
All the Ramona Quimby and Henry Huggins books by Beverly Cleary
Another vote for The Hardy Boys.

Then I got more interested in the SF novels of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C Clarke, Frank Herbert around 10. Some of these I still read every now and then.

Michael
One of the greatest books I have ever read and reread. The best that Adams has done. Have you read Tales of Watership Down? Not as epic but I cannot read either without tearing up.

Vel
05-04-09, 10:30 AM
Giving Tree for me - always made me sad tho'

beebee
06-03-09, 09:58 PM
The Bobbsey Twins Series
Nancy Drew
Harry Potter
Star Wars novels
Danger in the Everglades
Frumpet and Me
I love those book , they went with me all my life.

wishbone
06-04-09, 12:31 AM
A few more,

The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
Rabbits Rafferty
Mr. Toad's Wild Ride
The Velveteen Rabbit

and one of my favorites stories,

http://i42.tinypic.com/2mzfkwn.jpg

writer106
06-11-09, 01:47 PM
The Goosebumps book series
Sweet Valley High series
Boxcar series

superdeluxe
06-28-09, 01:45 AM
I loved the Xanth novels when I was young.

Also, the Redwall series

Quack
06-28-09, 07:22 AM
http://images.contentreserve.com/ImageType-100/0288-1/%7B8C3C48D7-9828-4940-A7F6-8E78960ECE25%7DImg100.jpg

http://asb.org/eLibrary/catalog/images/The-Indian-in-the-Cupboard.jpg

http://littleashgirl.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/where_the_sidewalk_ends1.jpg

Geofferson
06-28-09, 11:46 AM
^ I was just going to post Where the Sidewalk Ends -- probably the most memorable book from my childhood. :up:

warmfire
06-29-09, 04:26 PM
My favorite was:
Roald Dahl - The Witches.

InstantKarma
07-19-09, 12:10 PM
I loved the Boxcar children when I was a kid, are they still making them or did they stop?

DieselsDen
07-19-09, 02:02 PM
In my first to second grade years -

TIKKI-TIKKI TEMBO
SYLVESTER AND THE MAGIC PEBBLE
KATY THE STEAM SHOVEL
RICHARD SCARRY'S BEST STORYBOOK EVER

Later on...

HENRY HUGGINS, OTIS SPOFFORD, RAMONA books
DANNY DUNN AND THE HOMEWORK MACHINE
RASCAL
STRIPED ICE CREAM

I recently bought some Judy Blume books for my niece, and was disappointed to see that some of the original illustrations were deleted, and that certain references were updated (mention is made about Cartoon Network, CD players and other pop culture items which themselves will be dated).

I always hated WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE. At that time, didn't like Sendak's illustrations, and I didn't like the story and dialogue.

DeputyDave
08-11-09, 11:16 AM
Lloyd Alexander. My absolute favorite author. His fantasy series (5 books) "The Chronicles of Prydain" are the standard, 25 years later, that I still judge fantasy by. They caused my love of reading, my desire to be a writer, and introduced me to Tolkien, Lewis, Donaldson, Piers Anthony, and much much more.

My soul still hurts from when Disney turned the 2nd book in the series into that abomination called "The Black Cauldron".

cessburn
08-11-09, 12:22 PM
The Chronicles of Narnia-C.S. Lewis
anything by Roald Dahl
Where the Red Fern Grows and Summer of the Monkeys-Wilson Rawls

Drop
08-11-09, 03:15 PM
I still love Louis Sachar's Wayside School series. Just reread all 3 books the beginning of the year.

scarface983
08-14-09, 10:44 AM
goosebumps, all of them

Jay G.
08-23-09, 06:04 PM
I've always been a huge sci-fi/fantasy geek, but here are some of the favorite books I remember:

The Farthest-Away Mountain by Lynne Reid Banks, author of the more well-known Indian in the Cupboard series.

The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

Bob Fulton's Amazing Soda-Pop Stretcher by Jr. Jerome Beatty. Also, his "Matthew Looney" series.

The Toothpaste Millionaire by Jean Merrill.

Richard Kennedy: Collected Stories by Richard Kennedy. I particularly remember the short story "The Rise and Fall of Ben Gizzard."

Some "children's" books I've enjoyed as an adult and wish were around when I was a kid:

The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. A good intro into Pratchett's Discworld series for younger kids. I got into the "adult" books in this series in middle school.

Coraline by Neil Gaiman. Recently adapted as a movie, it's a good, fun read that's apparently scarier to adults than to kids.

Strawberry10
08-24-09, 09:25 PM
Henry Huggins (Beverly Clearly) -TWO thumbs up!

rw2516
08-25-09, 09:48 AM
Two I specifically remember areThe White Mountains and sequel The City of Gold and Lead. I understand there is a third book but never read it.
Had several Tom Swift books. Really cool Jonny Quest type covers.

Not kids books, but I was crazy about James Bond and had seen some of the Edgar Allan Poe movies with Vincent Price. Checked all the Fleming Bond novels and complete Poe out of the library and struggled through them when I was about 10 to 11 years old. Still remember being in a book store circa '68/69 and seeing The Man With The Golden Gun paperback. Wow!! One I didn't know about, had to have it.

Read a few dozen of the Doc Savage paperbacks, even tried to collect them. Remember having quite a few of the Dark Shadows paperbacks also.

PrincessT
08-25-09, 01:03 PM
Many I read and enjoyed as a child. Two series haven't been mentioned,

The Wizard of Oz books by L. Frank Baum, I think these were my grandmother's, they were very old copies

The Black Stallion series by Walter Farley

Dean Kousoulas
08-30-09, 11:06 PM
I'm sure i'm forgetting some, but I re-read these many times throughout my childhood. Hell, I even read some of them again as an adult.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School (and it's many sequels)
Boy In The Girl's Bathroom
Indian In The Cupboard (and it's many sequels)
Sizth Grade Secreta
Dogs Don't Tell Jokes
The Beast 1 & 2