Wild Things

Wild Things

The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as An Adult

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"In 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, Vanity Fair contributing editor 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 are shared by The Runaway Bunny and Portnoy's Complaint, and why Ramona Quimby is as true an American icon as Tom Sawyer or Jay Gatsby."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Solon, Ohio :, Findaway World, LLC,, [2017]
©2017
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781509464456
150946445X
Branch Call Number: PLAY 808.89 Handy
Characteristics: 1 audio media player (450 min.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in

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