Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is “Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre (I know, I know. Picking all time faves. I’m MEAN. But I like knowing people’s definitive faves). Can also break it down into sub-genre if that helps?”
In honor of Roald Dahl’s 100th birthday, I give you my Top Ten Dark, Quirky MG reads:
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory – Naturally, I have to start with my favorite Roald Dahl book! I also love Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator, Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, The BFG, and Danny the Champion of the World. I haven’t read it, but my daughter is a big fan of The Witches.
- The Housenapper by Jane Louise Curry – Two words: tiny people! This book was also published as Mindy’s Mysterious Miniature and The Mysterious Shrinking House.
- Chitty Chitty Bang Bang series by Ian Fleming and Frank Cottrell Boyce – Fleming and Dahl were contemporaries and frenemies, whose careers overlapped quite a bit, so it’s not surprising that Chitty Chitty Bang Bang reminds me of Dahl (who actually wrote the screenplay for the film version!).
- Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson – This story reminds me quite a bit of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, with various children visiting a mysterious benefactor.
- Harry Potter series by J. K. Rowling – The first 3 books easily qualify as MG, and you really can’t get much darker or quirkier.
- Holes by Louis Sachar – My first exposure to Sachar was his delightful Wayside School series, but Holes, with its Dickensian plot, is even more wonderful!
- A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket series – Remember earlier when I said you couldn’t get much darker or quirkier than Harry Potter? I lied. Lemony Snicket can get much, much, MUCH darker and quirkier! Both this series and it’s prequel, All the Wrong Questions, are hilariously morose.
- The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency series by Jordan Stratford – Alt history has never been more fun! This series overflows with literary references that make my heart pitter-patter.
- Maisie Hitchins series by Holly Webb – I’ve only read the first book, but my daughter adores this series of MG Cozies.
- The Incorrigble Children of Ashton Place series by Maryrose Wood – The kids and I have sailed through the first 5 books (the audiobooks, narrated by Katherine Kellgren, are a MUST), and now we are anxiously awaiting the 6th, and final, book!