Books written from a child's perspective

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  1. Marie000

    Marie000 Well-Known Member

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    I need something to read.

    I've always thought there was no rhyme or reason to the kind of books I like, but I did find one interesting in common with some of the books I have loved lately. Many of them are written from a child's perspective. I like how creative, open-minded and quirky children can be in their view of things.

    Here are some examples of books I have read and loved lately:
    - The Ocean at the End of the Lane
    - The Book of Lost Things
    - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
    - Coraline
    - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
    - To Kill a Mockingbird
    - Boys Life
    - The God of Small Things (that one I read a few years ago, but I seem to remember it was written from the children's point of view).

    There might be more. I've only had a few hours sleep last night and my brain is not working at full capacity. :wacko:

    So lots of different styles, but they all have a child's point of view. Of course they're not the only books I have loved, but they are among my favorites.

    However, (and I might get beaten up for saying that) I didn't enjoy reading the Harry Potter books. I watched the movies and love the stories, but I just can't stand the writing style. :blush:

    Does anyone have suggestions for other books written from a child's perspective? I am curious to see if the trend continues and I keep loving those books...
     
  2. jenny82

    jenny82 Well-Known Member

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    Don't worry, I feel the same way. Harry Potter is really badly written, even when you consider it is written for children, it is still awful. Very over-simplified or something..

    Anyway, Pi is good, and I think it is written from the child's perspective?

    Also if you are looking for something sortof darkly funny with some twists, there are a few collections of Roald Dahl adult books which are great. There is one called 'Tales of the Unexpected' which is amazing. I must have read it about 60 times by now!
     
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    The boy in the striped pyjamas
     
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    Also The Book Thief is really good.
     
  5. lhancock90

    lhancock90 2 toddlers, 1 MMC, WTT#3

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    I found The Boy in the Striped Pajamas heartbreaking because it came from a childs perspective, as good of an adaption as the movie is, it can't quite capture the last devastating moments of the book.
     
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    Completely agree. When they announced they were doing a film I wasn't sure how they could capture the naivity of the story.
     
  7. Maggs

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    A Prayer for Owen Meany is good. That's what the movie Simon Birch is based on.

    Oh and The Story of Edgar Sawtelle.

    They're both adults novels but I think speak from the child's perspective in the story and certainly have a child as the main character. Both are a bit teary though.
     
  8. wishuwerehere

    wishuwerehere dh, me and 2dds

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    Lord of the flies is third person but the perspective of children - you get a lot of their inner thoughts. However i must confess i haven't been brave enough to read since having my daughter as it is quite grim!
    Recently i read 'when god was a rabbit' which follows the protagonist from young child of about 4 to adulthood - thought it was fabulous.
    Or 'the earth hums in b flat' took me a while to get into but really enjoyed it in the end.
     
  9. Loozle

    Loozle Well-Known Member

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    Room by Emma Donoghue is very good.
     
  10. foquita

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    room by emma donoghue is the only other one i can think of, i didn't think the writing was so great but it's still worth a read!
     
  11. foquita

    foquita Guest

    posted at the exact same time loozle :lol:
     
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    I'm about 3/4 through Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman at the moment and it's good. It's written from the perspective of an 11 year old Ghanaian boy living in London, sort of a murder mystery.
     
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    The first Adrian Mole book is still one of my favourites. Also there's the Kite Runner.

    Freaks, Geeks, and Asperger Syndrome: A User Guide to Adolescence is a great little non-fiction by a young boy called Luke Jackson.
     
  14. freckleonear

    freckleonear Crunchy mummy

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    I was also going to suggest Room after reading your post.
     
  15. wishuwerehere

    wishuwerehere dh, me and 2dds

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    Omg love Adrian mole - might have to dig my copy out after reading this!
     
  16. july2013

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    Was going to suggest the Boy In The Striped Pyjamas and the Kite Runner but they've been mentioned a few times already!

    TS Spivet is also good from what I remember.
     
  17. Marie000

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    thanks for all the suggestions. I will update my to-read list. :thumbup:

    I had noticed the movie for The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas on Netflix and it looked good. I never got around to watching it because I don't think OH would like it. I didn't even know there was a book. Good thing I haven't watched the movie yet.
     
  18. Button#

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    Definitely read the book first.
     
  19. Mummy May

    Mummy May Mummy of 2

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    I will definitely never ever read the boy in the striped pyjamas if its worse than the film lol! The film is horrific! What about The Lovely Bones? Xx
     
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    Rhio92 Connor, Saskia, OH & Me

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