Little Golden Books: when nostalgia just isn’t enough

I like to pick up Little Golden Books every now and then.  I have some lovely memories of reading The Pokey Little Puppy and the one about Scuffy the Tugboat.  But not long ago, I came across a Little Golden Book titled A Wedding is Beautiful.  As an observer, it would have been a comic moment to have witnessed that precise moment when, as I flicked through the pages, my smile of nostalgia turned to a frown of misgiving.

A Wedding is Beautiful is not one of those ‘timeless’ children’s books.  Opening these pages was like being sucked back to the 1980s, but not in a good way.

Gigantosaurus, by Jonny Duddle

Review by Charlie, aged five

There are four dinosaurs and they follow footprints.  Bonehead tricks the others.  He tells them the Gigantosaurus is coming and four times it doesn’t.  But one time, it is the Gigantosaurus and they run.  I like Tiny, the baby Stegosaurus, and I like it when the Gigantosaurus really does come. ….  I wish we could have this book forever.

The Magic Faraway Tree, by Enid Blyton

Review by Charlie, aged 5

I like this book because there’s different people in it, like Moonface, old Saucepan Man and Silky. The things that Saucepan Man says are too funny. And also, old Dame Washalot always washes.

I like the lands at the top of the tree. My favourite land was the Land of Presents.

It is a fat book [we have a three in one compendium].

I like to read this every night before I go to sleep.