Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult by Bruce Handy

Into the Wild

Read Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult Online Free - 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 Goodnight Nobody, 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, Goodnight Nobody will bring back fond memories for readers of all ages, along with a few surprises.

Title : Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children’s Literature as an Adult
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ISBN : 1451609957
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 pages


Deb (Readerbuzz) rated it ★★★★☆

May 13, 2017

For a person who loves (LOVES, even) reading about children's literature like me, this book was a prized find at the Texas Library Association Conference. It was the first book I had to read when I got home. Handy is a knowledgable person about children's literature and he shares the wide research...

Melora rated it ★★★★★

February 20, 2018

I really enjoyed this one. It probably didn't hurt that, L.M. Montgomery and Judy Blume aside, Handy's tastes and opinions align very closely with my own (so clearly he knows Good children's books when he reads them!). Hard to say how much I “learned” – I was a children's librarian for ten years,...

Michelle rated it ★★★★★

August 26, 2017

Delightful! This was warm and accessible and funny. I didn't agree with everything the author says (HE DOESN'T LIKE ANNE!!!!!) but I forgive him. He gets children, and children's books, and Little House!!!! He opened a chapter that was mostly about Charlotte's Web with Sunday school-book excerpts...

Rose Ann rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 05, 2017

The author lost me when he stated that he could not get more than 30 pages into "Anne of Green Gables" and yet he had the nerve to make a snarky remark about Anne later on in the book! Hello? What a gasbag!

Jeffrey rated it ★☆☆☆☆

August 31, 2017

Don't bother with this tedious, critically vapid and utterly stupid book - Handy is an appallingly bad reader and I can find nothing good to say about this book at all - it is joyless, trivial and given the state of children's literature shows no understanding of the field or the texts - Handy do...

Cheryl rated it ★★★☆☆

December 02, 2017

I should have read the blurb more carefully: 'ramble' is indeed the correct word. Random bits, some fairly well-developed, few of which interest me (at least so far, about 1/4). The title would be more accurate as something like 'Things about Children's Literature that are more interesting to adu...

Denice rated it ★★★★★

July 17, 2017

I am a reader. I read books. I read book reviews and I read about books. Reading books to children is golden. Perhaps it was with this in mind that when Mr. Handy revisited children’s literature when reading to his own children, he had a different perspective on what he remembered as a child. Th...

Стефан rated it ★★☆☆☆

October 25, 2017

It was an interesting personal rundown on some of the history of American children's literature. I learned about some books I haven't yet read but would like to read and found out a few curious details about books and authors I already like. As a whole, though, Wild Things was an unsatisfying and...

Agnė rated it ★★☆☆☆

January 11, 2018

2.5 out of 5 I’m clearly not the target audience for this book because 1) I’ve never stopped reading children’s literature and 2) I’m currently studying children’s literature at the graduate level. Therefore, I didn’t find Wild Things particularly “profound” or “eye-opening.” Still, I enjoyed Bruc...

Jennifer rated it ★★★☆☆

November 08, 2017

I liked this book. The target audience will probably love this book. I read a lot of juvenile literature. Just tons of it. I've reread all my childhood favorites and now I'm working through the books that I didn't know about when I was a kid. BUT, that's why I'm not the target audience. This book...

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