I’ve already posted about Wrinkle in Time, but I’ve been thinking about this passage lately. She felt only anger toward this boy who was not Charles Wallace at all. No, it was not anger, it was loathing; it was hatred, sheer and unadulterated, and as she became lost in hatred she also began to be… Read more The Charles Wallace Moment
Most books feature ordinary children to whom unusual things happen, or perhaps a character who turns out to be extraordinary in a generic sort of way (they are the lost prince, or a witch, or have a gift of talking to animals or seeing ghosts). But these characters are usually not, in and of themselves,… Read more Books for Odd Children: A Wrinkle in Time (1962)
– Part I – – Part II – – Part III – There are three basic problems with this kind of book. The first is their distorted moral vision: that life is gruesome and boys need to toughen up. These books may be beautifully written and of high literary quality (Bambi and The… Read more The Dog Dies, Part IV: Conclusions
There is something amounting to a trend of adult literary authors who put out a single book for children. It’s a bit like a ballet dancer getting on a unicycle; the results can be hard to watch. Let’s start with The Little Prince. * * * * * * * Saint-Exupery was a French aristocrat… Read more The Little Prince (1943)
There is a boy. He lives in a small midwestern town in the mid-20th century, and he is on a campaign to be allowed a dog. He is self-reliant and enterprising, and likes to tinker with inventions. His name is Henry or Homer. This is not a genre exactly, but more like a family, whose… Read more An Inventive, Animal-Loving, Small-Town Boy Whose Name Begins With H
Hello! I’m here to write about old kids’ books, especially the strange or forgotten ones. As both a mother and closet kids-book-reader, I’m always on the hunt, which has led me down some quite unexpected pathways. This blog is to share what I’ve found. (I’m also a professor, so I can access rare books. Some… Read more Welcome!