Classics That Will Make 90s Kids Nostalgic
A great novel you read when you were younger can feel like an old friend. Rediscovering it as an adult gives you the chance to revisit an important part of your formative experience.
Curling up with these novels from your childhood might feel like a journey to the past, but you’ll also find new ways to appreciate them now that you’re older. That’s what makes these books classics. They only get better with age.
The Famous Five, Enid Blyton: Lashings of ginger beer, boiled eggs, jam tarts, meat pies and sardine sandwiches; the descriptions of food in the 21 Famous Five novels alone were enough to keep us turning the pages as we tucked into our fish fingers at the dinner table. Throw in treasure hunting, smugglers, mysterious moors and lots of suspicious goings on, we followed the adventures of Julian, Dick, George and Anne as faithfully as Timmy the dog. Buy Online
Captain Underpants, Dav Pilkey: It’s pretty clear that kids can be huge superhero fans. But when it comes to underpants-wearing heroes who come to life from a comic book, what kid could resist? Buy Online
Magic Tree House series, Mary Pope Osborne: You were on board for whatever new adventure Jack and Annie found themselves in, and because of it, you became a master of solving riddles. It was already enough of a dream to have a normal tree house as a kid, but a magic tree house was some next level stuff! Buy Online
Matilda, Roald Dahl: If anyone could be called the king of children’s books it is Roald Dahl. It’s self-explanatory but if you need examples: Matilda, the BFG, James and the Giant Peach. Even Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. And everything else in this man’s bibliography.
He was the king of children’s books, I tell you, the king. Enough said. Buy Online
The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S Lewis: Little did we know that, when we jumped into the pool in the enchanted forest with Digory and Polly in The Magician’s Nephew, a lifelong love affair with Narnia would begin. Mythical beasts (Mr. Tumnus), talking animals (Aslan), a white witch and four brave evacuees became our constant companions, and are still a favourite to this day. Buy Online
The Secret Seven, Enid Blyton: The Secret Seven were pretty much like the Famous Five in their escapades, except they had an actual society. And, oh, how we longed to be members. The Secret Seven Society consisted of Peter, his sister Janet, and their friends Jack, Colin, George, Pam and Barbara. Although not an official member of the Secret Seven, Peter and Janet’s spaniel Scamper also attended meetings, which were held in the shed with S.S written on the door. Buy Online
Nancy Drew, Carolyn Keene: Nancy Drew is a super girl and we wanted to be her. Keene’s children’s books showcased that girls could have it all: beauty, brains, and the ability to be brave. And we didn’t just love her, but her adventures as well. You know you were that girl spending the day on the couch trying to figure out who the perpetrator was (whether it was in the yellow hardcover version, or the white (newer) paperback ones).
The Hardy Boys: Frank and Joe Hardy have been solving mysteries since 1927. have gone through several permutations throughout the years, but they never tire of their adventures. More than a million Hardy Boys books are sold each year, and they have been translated into 25 languages. The Hardy Boys are truly a cornerstone of the young detective genre.
TinTin: Tintin and his dog, Snowy, travel the world (and other, fictional worlds) solving mysteries, having glorious adventures, and meeting all kinds of people. The Adventures of Tintin comic books, originally published in French, have been translated into over 70 languages and sold over 200 million copies.
Judy Blume: Okay, so Judy Blume’s books can’t really be classed as a series, but we devoured them as though they were. From our very first battered paperback, Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, we were hooked on Blume’s honesty and respect for her readers, as well as storylines and characters that we could really relate to. She wrote about buying your first bra, periods, dealing with the divorce of your parents and bullying with such wit and warmth, you always felt as though you had a friend in her books, no matter what you were going through. Buy Online