Wild Things

Wild Things

The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as An Adult

Book - 2017 | First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
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"In Wild Things, Vanity Fair contributing editor Bruce Handy revisits the classics of every American childhood, from fairy tales to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and explores the back stories 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: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781451609950
Branch Call Number: 809.8928 HANDY
Characteristics: xxiii, 307 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Kim, Seo (Illustrator),- Illustrator


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A full buffet of analysis and trivia on some of the biggest names in fiction for little ones. Handy handily and charmingly conveys the importance (and fun) of giving children’s literature a second look as adults.

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Sep 24, 2018

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

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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