The Children Who Loved Books – Peter Carnavas

Angus and Lucy love books. They have hundreds of them. But when the books are taken away, Angus and Lucy’s family soon discovers they cannot live without them. A warm and moving celebration of books and the way in which they bring us all together.

In order to get Amelia hooked on books we picked this up and it was an excellent choice! And one which I regularly congratulate us on for being great parents, purely on the strength of this.

It is easy to fall in love with The Children Who Loved Books, at its heart it’s a story that brings through the love of books and shared family bonding time. It gives the reader a warm feeling and also provides a brief experience to savour.

There is an emphasis on the theme of not needing many material possessions and decluttering which is something that is good to instil in the little ‘uns.  Speaking of which the words are very sparing and the illustrations offer enough detail without being overly done.  The cat and chicken that pop up on each page are big hit with Amelia.

Books about books are great and books about bonding over books are even better, however no review is complete without finding something to fault.  Although it’s a minor gripe I was nonetheless a bit put out by one troubling thing.

I can’t excuse the parents using the books to prop up furniture, to use as stairs, or balance wobbly tables.  This desecration of the humble medium of the book would not be tolerated by many book lovers, but it makes for a good discussion on how to treat one’s books.

Thankfully, the ending is a pleasant and happy one. The themes of simple appreciations and togetherness far exceed my quibbles with the book, perhaps I am just getting grumpy in my old age.  This book will stay in our family forever now, I refuse to let go of it, except for when we share it as a family.

29 Replies to “The Children Who Loved Books – Peter Carnavas”

  1. Thank you very much for this great review. It’s very much appreciated. We will buy this book immediately for our beloved Bookfayries Siri 🙂 and 🙂 Selma.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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    1. You won’t ve disappointed
      I regularly read it, and not always by myself. The simple ideas are effective and well worth pausing over.

      Have a great weekend yourselves.

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  2. It does sound like a wonderment. I, too, have ambivalent thoughts about book function. The propping aspect could be viewed as books are essential and are a utilitarian aspect of life.

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  3. Ste! A children’s book! You KNOW that’s my passion ❤ I checked and it's not available in our library system here 😦 So looked to see if there were Read-Alouds and there are! I got to enjoy the book 😀 This was the one I used and thoroughly enjoyed it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoV6ew5Bucs
    I get why you don't like the "propping" and "climbing" use of the books (I would never do it), but it was just to illustrate the point of the overflow/abundance/lack of space AND usefulness :-/ I VERY much love how it boosts family closeness…and LIBRARIES! ❤

    I know your daughter's too young for this one, but YOU will LOVE it. It's one of my all-time favorite books and…it's about books! Of course, I own it because it's impossible for me to NOT want to 😀 THE FANTASTIC FLYING BOOKS OF MR. MORRIS LESSMORE. https://tinyurl.com/dpp3atn4

    It was actually published after the original, award-winning short film which is beyond wonderful ❤ https://tinyurl.com/ec3awk3n

    Great review, my dear 😀 Thank you!

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    1. I am familair woth the Morris Lessmore, I first saw it on a bargain book shelf in Washington State when I lived in America, I ended up watching the short film on Youtube which was nice but would love the book as well. I have a bunch more kids books to review, and I am going to buy Amelia an obscene amount of books which I will as a responsible adult have to read myself first. I am so excited to shop for them!

      We love our local library, although Amelia likes to draw mainly, it gives us chance to explore the books, of which theeir are many that excite me!

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      1. Ah, she loves to draw 😀 Point out to her the illustrations and let her know she can tell stories with pictures and if she wants, add the words. What a wonderful activity for you to do together! You KNOW that KidLit is my world and picture books are what I create, both words and pictures, so this REALLY excites me 😀

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  4. Hm, then you wouldn’t like seeing books used as architectural elements at The Last Bookstore in Los Angeles, LOL. Google photos of the place to see what I mean.

    This book sounds like my cup of tea, yes? I love the cover. Kind of reminds me of me, LOL. Thanks for featuring. I’ll see if our library has it. Cheers!

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    1. Those arches do stress me out, and of course I would be tempted to pull a book out of the middle as well.

      This book is right up your street, I have a few others that will interest you as well, which will be added soon.

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  5. Oh the desecration of books! Reading this reminds me that my kids early encounters with books. First they would regularly remove all the books off the lower shelves of the bookshelf, so they could lie on the shelf and read a book. My son preferred to use a book placed under his hands while on his hands and knees to zoom around the polished wood floor faster than crawling. 🙂
    Some of their favourites like ‘Duck in a Truck’ are so battered I wanted to throw it away, absolutely not said my teenage son!

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    1. You have to keep those classics! I wish I had kept all mine. I am already vowing to save some of Amelia’s. I love the simple stories, I can and do read them again and again, and always will.

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  6. Ah, now, Ste J, that Amelia is garnering her own library, you have a whole ‘nother area of lit to explore! When she gets a little older, maybe try the multi-volume series “A Series of Unfortunate Events: by Lemony Snicket. I’d say 5 would be a good age to start. I “heart” you guys!

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    1. I wandered around Waterstones the other day whilst waiting for Cris, and I found so many books that I either need to read myself or have the urge to share. It’s an exciting time and will bulk out the kids section of my blog too. There are so many good books that need my attention. I love a series too, I haven’t tried Lemony Snicket yet but will have to now!

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  7. This sounds lovely! I have propped my laptop on a dictionary when doing Zoom calls before, but very carefully and with the laptop case between hot laptop air and delicate (ish) dictionary.

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    1. I will just about let you off with that. Stick it on some Dan Brown, or Fifty Shades books and I couldn’t care less though!

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    1. Amelia doesn’t have a choice she will love books, I am so excited to share books with her, I keep seeing old favourites that I will be buying for her way before she is old enough to read them so I can have my fill first.

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      1. It is SUCH a joy sharing books with your kids. I cherished it with my son, and now with my granddaughter and can’t wait for her sister to get to the age where she’ll enjoy too. I’ve already bought them dozens of books and have a lot here, too, in my collection (many signed!). Charlotte LOVES books and I expect Nora will too 😀 Enjoy it all, Ste!

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  8. Oooh I do love the sound of this! I’m a sucker when it comes to good kids’ books. I usually buy one for my grandkids and one for me too 😄📚

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    1. We have a new bookshop that has opened in Nottingham and I am excited to buy all the books for Amelia that I can monopolise on Christmas day and review for the blog!

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  9. She is one lucky kid, to have parents who read. Plus this book sounds so much fun to have. I’ll be on the lookout for it myself. You should perhaps do a listicle on books for kids. Many readers will find that helpful. Just a suggestion!

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    1. Good idea, I need to read more widely in kids books but will start a list. It is a lovely book, even after reading it ten times in a row I still enjoy it. It is certainly a book for all ages.

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