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Wild things: the joy of reading children's literature as an adult
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Contributors:
Colligan, Thomas, illustrator.
Published:
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
Format:
Book
Physical Desc:
xxiii, 307 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Lexile measure:
1290L
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Description

"An irresistible, nostalgic, and insightful--and totally original--ramble through classic children's literature from Vanity Fair contributing editor (and father) Bruce Handy. 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 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 oftendeeply 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. It's a profound, eye-opening experience to reencounter books that you once treasured after decades apart. A clear-eyed love letter to the greatest children's books and authors from Louisa May Alcott and L. Frank Baum to Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, Mildred D. Taylor, and E.B. White, Wild Things will bring back fond memories for readers of all ages, along with a few surprises"--

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English
ISBN:
9781451609950, 1451609957
Lexile measure:
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description
"An irresistible, nostalgic, and insightful--and totally original--ramble through classic children's literature from Vanity Fair contributing editor (and father) Bruce Handy. 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 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 oftendeeply 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. It's a profound, eye-opening experience to reencounter books that you once treasured after decades apart. A clear-eyed love letter to the greatest children's books and authors from Louisa May Alcott and L. Frank Baum to Eric Carle, Dr. Seuss, Mildred D. Taylor, and E.B. White, Wild Things will bring back fond memories for readers of all ages, along with a few surprises"--,Provided by publisher.
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APA Citation (style guide)

Handy, B., & Colligan, T. (2017). Wild things: the joy of reading children's literature as an adult. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Handy, Bruce and Thomas, Colligan. 2017. Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature As an Adult. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Handy, Bruce and Thomas, Colligan, Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature As an Adult. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2017.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Handy, Bruce,, and Thomas Colligan. Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature As an Adult. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2017. Print.

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