My first book

Do you still have your first book? What is it?

I’ve still got my first and second books. They’re on a shelf in the kitchen. My first book, printed locally by Children’s Books Stafford, is Rocky Looks for a Friend.

It’s a short moral story about a homeless dog (Rocky) who wants to find a friend but ends up hanging about with a scruffy terrier who pinches pork chops.

It’s basically Oliver with wire-haired terriers. And, yes, it had a huge impact on my life. I still refuse to hang out with anyone who shoplifts rump steak from high street butcher’s.

Rocky works it out in the end. My second book was Chicken Licken. More of that later.

8 thoughts on “My first book

  1. I no longer have my first book, which I think was the Ladybird Book of British Wild Animals, though I cannot be certain now, as it was so long ago.
    But I do have three books received as Essay Prizes at school, aged 7, 8, and 9. They are ‘Destry Rides Again’, ‘With Wolfe In Canada’, and ‘The Odyssey’. They are all in a box in the garage, the Prize Cerificates still stuck inside the covers.
    Sadly, I suspect they will end up in a charity shop one day, along with all my other ‘stuff’. I have no children to leave them to, and I doubt any family member will want them.
    Best wishes, Pete.

      1. I do treasure them, but nobody else is interested in them any longer. Maybe I should parcel them up and send them back to my Primary School?
        Hang on, I just checked. It closed down in 2011! Cancel that plan.

  2. I love that you still have it and I have the first book I ever read independently called ‘snow.’ I’ll never forget the day I ‘decoded’ it.

  3. I sold children’s second-hand books for years and years but have never seen a copy of Rocky. How lovely it looks and so nice you still have it.
    I’ve still got a couple of Enid Blyton’s from when I was young, they are hardback but without the jackets sadly. These days I collect books rather than sell them which gives me a great deal more pleasure. I’m still regretting a lot of the books I sold.

    1. My sister had many Enid Blyton books. I treasure my Ladybird histories too. It’s good you get pleasure collecting. Always exciting to unearth a find. πŸ˜€

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