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Puffin names best kids' books

7th May 2010

Puffin has unveiled a list of the best children's books of all time to commemorate its 70th birthday.

The publisher has placed 70 titles into a number of different categories, with Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which sells a copy every 30 seconds, topping the list of 'best to cuddle up with' books.

Entries from Roald Dahl comprise the entire 'phizzwhizzers' category, with The BFG, Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr Fox among those highlighted.

In the 'blood and guts' section, Charlie Higson's The Enemy sits alongside classics such as The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Bram Stoker's Dracula.

Meanwhile, The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank is featured in the list of 'war and conflict' books, while E.B. White's Charlotte's Web and Richard Adams' Watership Down are noted 'weepies'.

Francesca Dow, managing director of Puffin Books, told the Guardian: 'The categories were picked to show that there's a Puffin for everyone and to suit all tastes from those who love action and adventure to tales of family and friendship.'

Earlier this year, a poll of 4,000 parents commissioned by Munch Bunch ranked The Very Hungry Caterpillar as the UK's best bedtime book.

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