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Wild things! : acts of mischief in children's literature

by Bird, Betsy,

Format: Print Book 2014
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Secret lives, scandalous turns, and some very funny surprises - these essays by leading kids' lit bloggers take us behind the scenes of many much-loved children's books. Told in lively and affectionate prose, this treasure trove of information for a student, librarian, parent, or anyone wondering about the post-Harry Potter children's book biz brings contemporary illumination to the warm-and-fuzzy bunny world we think we know.
Wild things!: acts of mischief in children's literature
"There should not be any "should" in art": subversive children's literature
Behind-the-scenes interlude: scandalous mysteries and mysterious scandals
GLBT and literature for youth: how far we've come
Banning on their minds
Behind-the-scenes interlude: some hidden delights of children's literature
Kids love 'em, critics hate 'em... and vice versa
And to think that I saw it on Hollywood Boulevard: the celebrity children's book craze
Behind-the-scenes interlude: sex and death
From mainstream to Wall Street: children's books in a post-Potter world.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* In Wild Things!, collaborators and book bloggers Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter Sieruta celebrate the subversive in children's literature while tipping their hats to such mischief makers as Maurice Sendak, Roald Dahl, James Marshall, and others. In the process, they offer insightful surveys of such topics as book banning, LGBT literature, series, and celebrity books for kids, all the while drawing a bead on the fluffy bunnies that, to many adult minds, characterize the field. They begin their iconoclastic book with a chapter exploring their theme in-depth, quoting author-illustrator Elisha Cooper, who says, There should not be any should' in art, or, to put it another way, scotch those shibboleths! They conclude with a chapter that focuses on the field post-Potter (Harry, that is). And let's not forget the sidebars in which the focus turns to protagonists who get eaten, women who played a role in the children's book revolution, Margaret and sanitary napkins, and so forth. Sadly, Sieruta died before the book's publication, but his voice survives in a series of what the authors call Pushcart Debates. Obviously, the collaborators plow an ample field, and they do so with affection, insight, the occasional raised eyebrow, and great good humor. Theirs is a book that will delight and divert any lover of books for kids and will also inform newcomers to the field, planting seeds of salutary subversion in their minds and hearts. Wild Things!, I think I love you.--Cart, Michael Copyright 2014 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Three children's book specialists gleefully shred the "romanticized image" of children's authors, illustrators, and editors, slinging behind-the-scenes lore, recalling censorship controversies, and profiling innovators like Maurice Sendak, Ursula Nordstrom, Roald Dahl, and others who eschew cutesiness. They seek out insider gossip and archival snippets, referencing the testy relationship between Laura Ingalls Wilder and her daughter, the fate of Make Way for Ducklings' real-life ducks, and Richard Scarry's gender-inclusive revisions to his oeuvre; a thoughtful chapter explores LGBT "icons" of children's books. Their discussion of Struwwelpeter's violence includes a list of "Recent Books in Which the Protagonist Gets Eaten," and a cranky section plunders chestnuts like Love You Forever ("Kids hate 'em, critics hate 'em, but adults wuv them"). Their publishing history-including accounts of the Stratemeyer Syndicate's heyday, today's YA boom-is familiar from scholarship like Leonard S. Marcus's Minders of Make-Believe, though the coauthors use a snarky, conversational tone. Indeed, nonstop quips sometimes undermine the book's mission against "the 'fluffy bunny' mentality." Approached as an appetizer rather than a complete history, this chatty volume sheds light on children's literature's household names. Ages 14-up. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Children's literature -- History and criticism.
Children's literature, English -- History and criticism.
Children -- Books and reading -- English-speaking countries.
Publisher Somerville, Massachusetts :2014
Edition First edition.
Contributors Danielson, Julie, author.
Sieruta, Peter D., author.
Language English
Description 277 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 243-264) and index.
ISBN 0763651508
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