25. Madeline in London by Ludwig Bemelmans
There is something wonderful in the thought that a nun could suddenly up and take the twelve little girls in her charge on a trip from Paris to London to visit their lonely next door neighbour who has been forced to move by his Ambassador father. This story is charming, funny and just absolutely lovely.
24. The Worst Witch by Jill Murphy
Oh, this book is just utterly lovely. Mildred is a wonderful and vivid character and her adventures are both amusing and exciting. I found myself inwardly cheering when she saved the day and can’t wait to read the rest of the series. A wonderful piece of nostalgia.
23. Sophie Hits Six by Dick King Smith
I remember reading all of the Sophie stories when I was little, and they’re just enchanting. The stories are so cute and Sophie is a wonderful character. A great book.
22. James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
<i>James and the Giant Peach</i> is an absolutely magical and enchanting tale from one of the world’s best storytellers. It is as wonderful reading it at the age of, say, 22 as it was at the age of 6.
21. The Suitcase Kid by Jacqueline Wilson
I lost count of the number of times I read this book as a child. It is incredibly sad on the whole, and deals with a young girl struggling after her parents split up, but the characters are all marvellous, and it is written so sensitively.