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

Handy, Bruce, author.,
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"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 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. 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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3 current holds with 5 total copies.
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Avon Free Library 809.8928 HAN (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
52113300454129
Available
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This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.
Honeoye Public Library 809 (Text)
New Adult Nonfiction
52120300333930
Checked out
10/24/2017
This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.
Lyons Public Library 809.892 HAN (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
52141300482592
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Victor Farmington Library 809 HAN (Text)
Adult New Materials
52128300804107
Checked out
11/08/2017
Wood Library Association - Canandaigua 809.89 HAN (Text)
Adult New Materials
31846002757739
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This copy is new and can only be picked up at this library.

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