Wild Things

Wild Things

The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as An Adult

Book - 2017
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A nostalgic ramble through classic children's literature explores the stories of forefront authors and illustrators while revealing the wisdom that can be found in masterpieces ranging from The Cat in the Hat and Charlotte's Web to Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2017.
ISBN: 9781451609950
9781451609967
1451609957
1451609965
Characteristics: xxiii, 307 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary: A nostalgic ramble through classic children's literature explores the stories of forefront authors and illustrators while revealing the wisdom that can be found in masterpieces ranging from The Cat in the Hat and Charlotte's Web to Goodnight Moon and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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IndyPL_SteveB Nov 14, 2018

Enjoyable and insightful look at children’s literature classics by a father who is a writer for Vanity Fair and other magazines. Any parent who has read a lot to his or her children will appreciate this.

Handy’s first expression of love is for Margaret Wise Brown, well-known as the author of the all-time preschool classic, *Goodnight, Moon*, but also the author of dozens of other childhood staples, like *The Runaway Bunny*and *Two Little Trains*. Handy proceeds to show his appreciation (frequently mixed with aggravation for particular books or chapters) of Beverly Cleary, Dr. Seuss, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Maurice Sendak, Beatrix Potter, Mildred D. Taylor, and many others. Especially valuable is his chapter discussing how death has been handled in children’s books, concluding with a loving appreciation for what might be the best (or close to it) children’s novel of all time, *Charlotte’s Web*. Even when I had a different experience in reading a book than he did, he got me to think about these books more deeply than I had before.

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hlminton
Sep 24, 2018

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

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1queenie1
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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