Wild Things

Wild Things

The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as An Adult

eBook - 2017
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An irresistible, nostalgic, insightful-and totally original-ramble through classic children's literature from Vanity Fair contributing editor (and father) Bruce Handy. "Consistently intelligent and funny&́#x80;ŒThe book succeeds wonderfully." -The New York Times Book Review "A delightful excursion&́#x80;ŒEngaging and full of genuine feeling." -The Wall Street Journal "Pure pleasure." -Vanity Fair "Witty and engaging&́#x80;ŒDeeply satisfying." -Christian Science MonitorIn 1690, the dour New England Primer, thought to be the first American children's book, was published in Boston. Offering children gems of advice such as "Strive to learn" and "Be not a dunce," it was no fun at all. So how did we get from there to "Let the wild rumpus start"? And now that we're living in a golden age of children's literature, what can adults get out of reading Where the Wild Things Are and Goodnight Moon, or Charlotte's Web and Little House on the Prairie? In Wild Things, Bruce Handy revisits the classics of American childhood, from fairy tales to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and explores the backstories of their creators, using context and biography to understand how some of the most insightful, creative, and witty authors and illustrators of their times created their often deeply personal masterpieces. Along the way, Handy learns what The Cat in the Hat says about anarchy and absentee parenting, which themes link The Runaway Bunny and Portnoy's Complaint, and why Ramona Quimby is as true an American icon as Tom Sawyer or Jay Gatsby. It's a profound, eye-opening experience to reencounter books that you once treasured after decades apart. A clear-eyed love letter to the greatest children's books and authors, from Louisa May Alcott and L. Frank Baum to Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, Mildred D. Taylor, and E.B. White, Wild Things will bring back fond memories for readers of all ages, along with a few surprises.
Publisher: 2017.
ISBN: 9781501150425
Branch Call Number: eBook Overdrive
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Sep 24, 2018

This book is stunning and fascinating. Took my time reading it but worth every minute.

Dec 05, 2017

Really good. Interesting and amusing. (One little thing: all narrators should be asked to pronounce the word mischievous before they begin reading. It's not mis-cheev-ious.)


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