Category Archives for Genres
Why nonsense is so important to children
The Lives of the Saints gave way to the Lives of the Patriots. (from Parents’ Choice)
“Everyone knows about Paul Bunyan . . . but not many people know about Paula Bunyan, his little sister. Maybe ‘little’ isn’t the right word. After all, she was as tall as a pine tree and as strong as a … Continue reading
“Pullman’s trilogy has been my all-time favorite reading during the last decade . . .” (from Parents’ Choice)
Two recent books suggest the perils and pleasures of biographies penned by critics. [From the journal Children’s Literature]
Series books call attention to a special way of reading literature: over time. We can visit and then revisit Narnia or the Land of Oz. We can follow the further and developing adventures of Babar or the Hardy Boys or … Continue reading
For no other reason than they are delightful
a clash between the super normal and fantasy
“If it were a vehicle, the board book would be a tank or an armored personnel carrier.”
At first, numbering seems to require fingers and toes . . .
Why Aesop’s Fables should be the one literary work sent to outer space to represent us
Which comes first? The pictures or the text?
“Baa, Baa, Black Sheep,” “Humpty Dumpty,” “Jack and Jill,” “Little Boy Blue”… (from the New York Times Book Review)
In addition to being moveable feats, Pop-up Books are Moveable Feasts. As bookstore owners observe, these kinds of books are flying off the shelves. Deservedly so. We are in the midst of a Golden Age of Pop-Up Books which, in … Continue reading