De Kameleon

Today’s Daily Prompt asks:

What was your favorite book as a child? Did it influence the person you are now?

I’ve always been reading. From the moment I read my first words there has always been a book nearby. I went to the library at least once a week, more often than not twice or three times a week.

My mom and dad both had books from their childhood which I read. I liked my moms books, but they were a bit too girly for me. I was more of a tomboy. I climbed trees, I built huts, I helped my dad with his carpentry.

So his books appealed more to me. When I was about 7 or 8 I started reading the Kameleon books. The books are about twins who go on all kinds of adventures with their boat which is called “De Kameleon”. I loved those books. I could spend hours with them, in their boat. I was there, every step of the way.


My dad had 4 or 5 of the books, so I started reading the others from the library. When I got older many of the books were given to me on my birthdays. People didn’t care that they were considered boy books. I got them, from everyone.

When I was 18 I started collecting them. The writer, Hotze de Roos, had died a few years earlier and hadn’t finished his last book. That book had been finished by another writer. And I hated it. The boys, who were never interested in girls, suddenly got girlfriends. They went to middle school, where they had never been before. New places were introduced, making the map of their world completely different. I decided that I wouldn’t collect any books that hadn’t been written by any other writer than H. de Roos.

So in my bookcase (actually, they are in boxes in the attic right now) are two whole shelfs dedicated to De Kameleon. I’ve got all 60 books written by H. de Roos and 2 more by the second writer. They were Jay’s so they are there, but I never read them. They’re too modern for my liking. I like those books how I know them best, placed in the fifties and early sixties.

old cover (1955)
old cover (1955)
new cover (2001)
new cover (2001)

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