Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Childhood Books I Loved


If you’ve never read an Asterix adventure, PLEASE buy one which has both Goscinny and Uderzo credited (generally speaking, the lower the number, the more likely it’s gonna be great, but there are exceptions). Anyway, these were graphic novels long before the term was invented. Full of puns (especially regarding Roman names), these books are lavishly illustrated in fantastic color. They are set near the end of the Roman Conquest. Only one small village in Gaul (France) is holding out, because they have a druid-brewed magic potion that makes them nigh-invincible. The books are astoundingly popular all over Europe, and the translations into English are normally superb (meaning the puns come through). It is almost pathetic how much money I have spent seeking these out as an adult… of all entries in the list, Asterix definitely takes the prize as being the most readable by old farts


Really old-school here. Homer is that quintessential young reader hero — the kid who is smart enough to see what the bumbling adults miss. There are only a couple of books, but they contain several adventures each. Of particular note is the story “Ever So Much More So,” which is a quaint retelling of The Emperor’s New Clothes, only centering around a supposedly magical spice that affects everything.

http://listverse.com/2011/07/26/15-kids-books-you-need-to-read/comment-page-2/#comment-404365

9 comments:

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Can't say I've ever been a big Asterix fan, but I do remember Homer Price!

Kal said...

You were into Tin Tin, right?

Unknown said...

I read every one of the Asterix books when I was a kid (I discovered early on the wonderful treasure-house known as a library). I was a geek for ancient history and mythology back then, and Asterix was a fun spin-off of that interest.

Kal said...

We were separated at birth I think. I was the same way.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

No, I've always hated Tin Tin. I think he's a douche.

Kal said...

He should be in jail for all the breaking and entering he has done in every museum from her to Cairo and beyond to the Moon. Yes, Tin Tin and his dog once went the MOON.

DEZMOND said...

Asterix was my absolute favourite when I was a kid, loved all the crazy characters from the Gaul village and loved all of their adventures! I had tones of these comics in my library!

Sarah said...

OMG Ever So Much More So! I had completely forgotten about this gem of my childhood reading until now.

Thanks for the reminder Kal!

Nathan said...

I remember my second-grade teacher reading us Homer Price, but I can't say I remember anything about it.