In the Guardian today, Lucy Mangan takes a look at what makes some children’s books classics.
Ultimately, the books have to be read, and re-read, by children. Blyton, most of us discover, is a phase. A warm, joyful and, in its own way, valuable phase, but a phase nevertheless. But what unites both old, modern and future classics is their ability to deal with larger themes, involving eternal truths rather than just taking Timmy the dog out for a run.
And don’t miss her list of her favorite children’s books, which include many of my own personal favorites. What about yours?