The Story of the Treasure Seekers - Edith Nesbit

Nancy Jo had recommended that I read about the Bastables, a family of precocious British children who have various adventures. This one is, as far as I can tell, the first of several books involving Dora, Oswald, Dicky, Alice, Noel, and Horace Octavius, and was first printed in the 1950s. It reminds me a little of Cheaper By the Dozen, though with half as many kids. It's written by one of the children (although he won't tell you which one; perhaps you can guess) and seeing things from his perspective adds some subtle humor that older kids will get, while younger children will enjoy the various treasure-seeking methods the Bastables employ to restore their family's fortunes.

The book, unlike the Harry Potter series, has not been Americanized, so you get to enjoy the stories in their full Brit-English selves, which can be a bit confusing at times (but is still preferable). It's definitely one I'm planning to keep on my list for reading to my own kids in the future.

Fed to jonathan's brain | August 04, 2003