Direct from his interlude in Phoenix, Middlebrow wrote about watching Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory with Son and family. This spurred a discussion of Tim Burton movies, with SleepyE contending that Burton hasn't had a decent movie since Pee Wee's Big Adventure, which, of course, is a pretty damning statement since it was his first major movie, and therefore condemns movies like Edward Scissorhands, Beatlejuice, and Ed Wood.
All this got me thinking about how much I hated Willy Wonka because Gene Wilder scared the bejesus out of me. As a child I was unprepared for his total lack of care for the kids who messed up and his outright mean-spiritedness. The scene where he literally screams at poor Charlie is etched in my memory. This, of course, contrasted wildly with Roald Dahl's book Charlie and the Chocoloate Factory which is one of the books that got me really hooked on reading as a kid.
Now this is not a survey about Tim Burton or the scariness that is Gene Wilder at all, but a survey on which books got you hooked as a kid.
I'll start: Where the Red Fern Grows (ahhhh poor dawgs!), Old Yeller (ahhhh poor dawg!), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Box Car Children, any Hardy Boys, and, most importantly, I think, James and the Giant Peach.