Wednesday, August 20, 2014

REVIEW: Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature

Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature by kids' lit bloggers Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson and Peter Sieruta was released this month. I thoroughly enjoyed discovering facts from behind the scenes of some of my favorite books. Did you know that there is an error in one of the illustrations in Madeline? And that before publishing Shel Silverstein’s Where the Sidewalk Ends, Harper editor Ursula Nordstrom first admired his illustration skills in Playboy magazine? The authors candidly delve into serious and complicated topics like censorship and subversion in children’s literature, and the private lives of those involved in the making of children’s literature versus the work itself. Wild Things! dispels negative stereotypes about children’s literature (it’s not all sweet and fluffy) and condescending notions about those who make it. The authors do an outstanding job at getting to the heart of the importance of literature to encourage children to think creatively and critically, to question authority and social norms and values and to expose them to differences. I give this book two thumbs up for advocating for intelligent, imaginative and diverse literature for children everywhere! Visit the website that was created for this book to view cut material and more.

Also visit Julie Danielson’s blog Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast and Betsy Bird’s blog A Fuse #8 Production.

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