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review 2018-01-13 02:52
Don't dismiss children's literature just because you're an adult
Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult - Bruce Handy

Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy showed up on my radar through a footnote in another book that I read last year. (Just one more reminder that I am 100% a nerd especially in regards to children's literature.) Handy splits the chapters into different books considered 'classics' of children's literature and he explains why they've had a lasting effect and endured as long as they have. He makes an argument that there is a reason books become classics but there is also a clarity in realizing that a difference of opinion will most certainly occur. A good example is Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. I know this is a classic and it is still read by kids and parents now but I have never (and probably never will) consider this one a favorite. In that same vein, there were quite a few books that he mentioned that I had not heard of or had never read and I promptly added them to my TRL. (You may recognize some of the titles if you decide to read this book.) One of the best things about Wild Things was the organization of the chapters. It's quite obvious that Handy has not only done thorough research on the topic but has a real passion for the topic. This made it have an academic feel which I really appreciated. Interspersed throughout the book are personal anecdotes about the books he loved as a child as well as his experience introducing books to his children. (Get those tissues out, parents with small children. It's fairly sentimental.) I doubt this would be of as much interest to someone not in the field of children's literature but if you're looking for inspiration about what books to read to your kids at night then this would be an excellent source for you. 9/10


What's Up Next: The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde


What I'm Currently Reading: The Killings at Badger's Drift by Caroline Graham (Coincidentally, I'm watching Midsomer Murders which is based off of the book series.)


Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-07-27 16:42
Review of "Where the Wild Things Bite" (Half-Moon Hollow, #5) by Molly Harper
Where the Wild Things Bite - Molly Harper

I loved this rollicking, hilarious adventure with a feisty yet anxiety-ridden heroine.


Which means I'm writing one of those pretty useless reviews because there's really not much more to say beyond "loved it."

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text 2017-07-26 21:26
Reading progress: 26%.
Where the Wild Things Bite - Molly Harper

Oh wow, this one's fun.  Unexpectantly exciting.


With an anxiety-ridden yet hilarious heroine sure that in a worst case scenario she'll be the first victim.


I've been over-highlighting.  If you " show entire post" and scroll down past the bookcover, you'll find some clips.









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text 2017-07-24 17:44
This just in from "My Fairy Librarian" (aka my library's ebook waitlist)
Where the Wild Things Bite - Molly Harper

Newest in author's Half-Moon Hollows series, most of which (definitely the Jane ones) I have really enjoyed.  Some of which the enjoyment was proportional to how much I liked the main characters.


I'm off to a girls out lunch where we will collect books for our public library's book sale.  I've been loading books-I-won't-reread as found into three large boxes in my car all month so we'll drop off plenty even if no additional donations.


This evening </i> hope to catch up on my booklikes dashboard and final posts for last weekend's 24in48 Readathon.

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text 2017-06-10 15:21
10th June 2017
Where The Wild Things Are - Maurice Sendak

Let the wild rumpus start!


Maurice Sendak


Oh Maurice Sendak, we love you so! The illustrator and writer (born June 10, 1928) created naughty children and lovable monsters in books like Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. He got his start making window displays for F.A.O. Schwarz.


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