When you were a child what children’s book influenced you most?

renz20003

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I’m going with green eggs and ham. It taught me if you don’t submit to peer pressure some douche will keep bugging the fuck out of you.
 

zinfamous

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Thebobo

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The first "book" I read and it was a school requirement.
There was also a TV movie in 75 as well.

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Childrens book that influenced me? I can't say any since most are just dumb.

First book I read in school that I actually enjoyed and made me do more critical thinking in life was Animal Farm.

Hell, that's the only book I read in all of grade school that I enjoyed. Everything else was boring as shit.
 

purbeast0

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No clue about influence, but I used to love me some Bernstein Bears books and probably had all of them. I'd read them multiple times over and over.
 

snoopy7548

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Maybe Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. As an adult I'm still afraid of something attacking me from the dark so I still sleep with a nightlight on.
 

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I think I read my first Steven King book (Pet Semetary) when I was 10. That sort of drew a line in the sand that I was done with "kids" books. Before that it was searching for all the "wholesome" books with the silver medal on them. Then I read that and went...well this is more interesting. :p
 

Zanovar

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I think I read my first Steven King book (Pet Semetary) when I was 10. That sort of drew a line in the sand that I was done with "kids" books. Before that it was searching for all the "wholesome" books with the silver medal on them. Then I read that and went...well this is more interesting. :p

Pet cemetry was creepy.recently watchead a king film called thinner.weird as fook."white man from town"he has a curse put on him.Worth a gander.
 
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lxskllr

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For kids books, I like Hardy Boys, and the Great Brain series. I was a big reader though, and graduated to adult books early. I was a huge horror fan, and of course I read Tolkien.
 

lxskllr

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Ha, I remember reading those. The hand carved key and the horse race.:) Maybe I was 10...I don't remember.
Thinking about it, they probably influenced me a lot. I appreciated his hacks and clever solutions to problems. That kind of stuck with me. Instead of laughing at the redneck repairs website, I usually think, "Huh... That's clever" :^D
 

BurnItDwn

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I think "The Diary of a young girl" as it taught me that the world is a dark and cruel place and filled with monsters, but, that no matter how bad and dark it all gets, that people still have a goodness to them. I was pretty spoiled as a kid, but, it helped me to empathize others.
 

Oyeve

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I'm old so I grew up on fun with dick and jane. It made me not like white people because they were sooooo boring.
 

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hardy boys were the first 'real' books i read and started my interest in reading

Same here. Before then i hated reading. But they sparked an interest that grew quickly so i was reading John Grisham books by 5th grade.
 

Mayne

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I went from Dick & Jane straight to the Hobbit. A strange fact about me. I had a grade 12 level spelling in grade 1.
 

Skyclad1uhm1

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At our vacation house we had a book by Nancy Garden called 'Weerwolven en Vampiers', which was a Dutch translation of the combination of her books 'Vampires' and 'Werewolves'. It was more a matter of being impressed by it rather than being influenced, although when I started reading it the first time (around the age of 6 or 7 I think) I did find it quite startling and was influenced in that I disliked the dark even more after that. I wasn't allowed to read it, but that only made me want to read it more.
It's about the history of vampires and werewolves in worldwide folklore and culture (including some of the short stories), and scientific explanations of some of it. I still have the book at home, after almost 40 years, and reread it a few years ago.
 

DigDog

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Childrens book proper, none - not sure i was ever bought one. I learned how to read before i could tie my shoes.
I did have some illustrated books on the Roman empire and the glory of Rome is eternal they had a mild impression on me.

The one book that really changed me was The Teachings Of Don Juan.