I first came across this book when I was about 7 or 8, our teacher read it aloud in class but I don't remember her finishing it (moved? ran out of time?). Either way it stuck with me and was one of my favourite books growing up.
In 2005 I decided that I should re-read it, and explore why it stuck with me so strongly over the years. I enjoyed reading it the second time and picked up subtle things I missed the first time.
I loved the characters, the situations, the fantasy of it all.