I could easily add Dahl to my list as well. Infact i should. I recently re-read going solo, a joy of a book.
Finding it hard to narrow down to three. I'm left with four which I can't choose between - Dune, Asterix books, HHGTTG and anything by Roald Dahl.
Probably Roald Dahl would be number one though. An ultimate lifetime goal would be to publish children's books as good as his.
Siderant - what I hated about the newer HP books/films is that they were so determined to be 'adult' they shunned the childish origins (so whenever they unavoidably came up, like calling Voldemort 'you-know-who', they stuck out like a sore thumb). RD proved that you can embrace being childish and adult simultaneously, there's more valuable moral lessons in a single chapter of a Dahl book than there is in the entirety of the HP series. A rare talent, sadly missed.
I had a 3 in one collection, with BFG, Matilda, and Georges Marvellous Medicine. It ruled my life for a while. Also at primary school for some bizarre reason , it was cool, and you were uncool if you hadn't to read, danny and the champion of the world.
Hell i can't wait to read his stories to my kids in the future.
Edited by joelstinton at 18:00:27 22-12-2011