Seth Lerer contends that the history of children’s literature is inseparable from the history of childhood – for children have always been ‘made’ through the texts and tales they hear, study and repeat. In this way, he suggests, learning to read is not only a lifetime experience: it is also a life-defining one. We are all formed in significant ways by our childish reading matter, and especially at those moments of transformational reading when particular books arrive in our lives just as we are exactly ready for them. Such moments chart the development of a literate imagination, and trace the ways in which children fall in love with books, and so find worlds within books and books within worlds.
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Great pub day present: review of CRUCIBLE OF HELL in the @Lit_Review by Prof Malcom Murfett of KCL. 'Graphic and compelling.. Written with style and verve... David brings the ghastly mayhem of war to life in a vivid way.'
I had a couple of reservations about A Thousand Moons, but it's a captivating novel in many ways, and a worthy successor to Days Without End. Here's my review in this month's @Lit_Review https://literaryreview.co.uk/winona-rides-out
'I’m quite sure that Carroll is the only writer who has ever come near to retrieving a child’s vision of the world and that Alice is the expression of it.'
For #InternationalChildrensBookDay, Penelope Lively on the golden age of children's books.