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Wild things : the joy of reading children's literature as an adult

Author: Bruce Handy
Publisher: New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Simon & Schuster hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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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 creative 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,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bruce Handy
ISBN: 9781451609950 1451609957 9781451609967 1451609965
OCLC Number: 985966692
Description: xxiii, 307 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: New eyes, new ears: Margaret Wise Brown and Goodnight Moon --
Runaways: Family drama in picture books ... and well beyond --
Once upon a time and in and out of weeks: Fairy tales and Maurice Sendak --
Why a duck? The uses of talking animals from Aesop to Beatrix Potter to Olivia the Pig --
You have to know how: Dr. Seuss vs. Dick and Jane --
Kids being kids: Ramona Quimby, American pest --
God and man in Narnia --
One nation: Washington's cherry tree, Rosa Park's bus, and Oz --
Going on seventeen (or not): Little Women, little houses, and Peter Pans --
The end: Dead pets, dead grandparents, and the glory of everything.
Other Titles: Goodnight nobody : the un-childish pleasures of reading great children's books
Responsibility: Bruce Handy.

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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 creative 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.

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"A wonderfully entertaining tour of a dozen gems from Goodnight Moon to Charlotte's Web. Full of humor and insight, Wild Things in its evocation of our young reading lives is also as poignant as some Read more...

 
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