Thursday, April 30, 2015

Wild Things by Betsy Bird

Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children's Literature by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson & Peter D. Sieruta - 278 pages

This book tells the story of children's books focusing on books that caused "mischief".  These are the books that challenged the status quo and stretched the way we think of children's books.  The authors believe the best children's books are subversive in some way.  They spend the book relating stories about authors and illustrators who pushed the boundaries, giving the history of challenged and banned books, and relating trends in children's books.  It was a fascinating book to read.  I enjoyed reading stories behind some of the most beloved classics for kids.  I did question some of their theories, but overall, it was a great book to read.  I would suggest it for adults who love children's books and the "behind the scenes" stories of them.

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