29. The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger (1951)
I have read this book. I have reread this book. I have read many of the other books on the list. I can’t believe this made this list. However, I also can’t believe that Shel Silverstein escaped this list. I can possibly understand the Beverly Cleary series of “Ramona The Pest” not making it, although I still remember reading that from my younger days.
If they are talking children’s books, I think that they also need to include the earlier childhood stuff, too. “When You Give A Mouse A Cookie” is a great book. It has that classic circular storyline that kids love. “The Araboolies Of Liberty Street” is a fun book, too. While this book may also be targeting the kindergarten set, it is still a fun book about the consequences of conformity.
I am not sure why “Catcher In The Rye” made it. I don’t really remember anything profound or remarkable about it. I remember not being impressed as a high schooler when I first read it. I have a feeling that many books like this have snuck onto ‘classic book titles’ for no obvious reason. There are some that even think that Shakespeare is some form of entertainment, too.