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...

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...

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...

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!

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...

Trin rated it ★★★★★

April 24, 2017

Such a warm, funny, well-researched, and thoughtful (as the author puts it) appreciation of the best of 19th and 20th Century children's literature. I was equally entertained and delighted by Handy's biographical sketches, criticism, and analysis. It helps that his taste is impeccable. (Handy's c...

Allison rated it ★★★★★

September 20, 2017

This was, indeed, a joy to read. I would call it a perfect reading experience, except for the "two final pieces of consumer advice," both of which I've found terrific counterarguments for: "Don't buy children's books written by celebrities... and don't buy books with sparkles on the covers." I'm...

Chel rated it ★★★★★

August 30, 2017

What a delicious book! I paid full price for the epub version (something I rarely do these days) based on Jennifer Senior's mixed-opinion NYTimes review, in which she complains about its being too clever and glib. That review made me want to decide for myself. I do not share her complaints, but I...

Janis rated it ★★★★★

August 30, 2017

For those of us who love children’s books, Bruce Handy’s Wild Things is a pure pleasure! He revisits classics from Margaret Wise Brown, Sendak, Potter, Seuss, and many others, offering biographies and comparisons and often-offbeat analysis (he totally had me when he compared The Runaway Bunny to...

Sarah Harrison rated it ★★★★★

August 30, 2017

Bruce Handy is such a funny, smart writer that I whipped through this in two sittings. He doesn't try to cover the entire history of literature for kids -- acknowledging that much of the early stuff is awful -- but looks carefully at what he chooses to focus on. I loved his chapter on Louisa May...

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