Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 5
What did you like about the book? The author takes a look back at some childhood favorites, as well as some he missed out on at the time, from the perspective of a grown-up father of two. The book begins as most reader’s literary lives begin with picture books, in particular the classic Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Handy goes onto explore other genres according to reading level, including fairy tales, easy readers and primers, chapter books, books about growing up and finally books about death. Handy gives lots of interesting background on the authors, the state of children’s literature at the time, and insight into why these particular books remain classics. Readers may discover why a certain book held such sway in their own childhood and might be inspired to go back and reread some classics with an adult eye. Authors include Maurice Sendak, Beatrix Potter, Dr. Seuss, Beverly Cleary, C.S. Lewis, L. Frank Baum, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Louisa Alcott and E.B. White. Lovers of children’s literature will find themselves right at home.
Anything you didn’t like about it? No
To whom would you recommend this book? This is a must read for children’s librarians and teachers. Bibliophiles will also love it as will literary minded parents.
Who should buy this book? Public Libraries
Where would you shelve it? 809.89 (Adult non-fiction)
Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles? Yes!
Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
Date of review: 12/7/17