6. Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson
This was probably the book that started your love affair with Eva Ibbotson – once you'd gone with Maia down to the Amazon, there was The Secret Countess and The Star of Kazan waiting for you.
9. Matilda by Roald Dahl.
AKA the book that made everyone secretly try to tip over glasses of water with their mind.
19. Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg.
In a dark dark cellar of a dark dark house on a dark dark hill on a dark dark street lived your favourite childhood skeletons.