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Don't Tell the Grown-Ups: The Subversive Power of Children's Literature

 
 
 
 
Don't Tell the Grown-Ups: The Subversive Power of Children's Literature
Author: Alison Lurie
ISBN 13: 9780316246255
ISBN 10: 316246255
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Publication Date: 1998-07-20
Format: Paperback
Pages: 256
List Price: $18.99
 
 

In sixteen spirited essays, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Alison Lurie, who is also one of our wittiest and most astute cultural commentators, explores the world of children's literature—from Lewis Carroll to Dr. Seuss, Mark Twain to Beatrix Potter—and shows that the best-loved children's books tend to challenge rather than uphold respectable adult values.

Publishers Weekly

These essays cite the popularity of certain authors, including Edith Nesbit and Kate Greenaway, as proof that children prefer books that feature disobedient characters and challenge conventional adult points of view. ``As important for the critical standards she sets as for those she lauds in children's books, this book by Lurie eyes with exemplary independence a genre too often sentimentalized,'' said PW. (June)