Tag: children’s classics

Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge

Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge

  Last fall, to commemorate Roald Dahl’s hundredth birthday, the late author’s estate and publisher launched a year-long celebration of all things Dahl. (We celebrated by eating crow—to read all about how Booklist has slagged off Dahl’s writing over the years, click here.) In March, the Roald Dahl Literary Estate and others kicked off Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge—a contest that closes […]

Booklist vs. Roald Dahl: Who’s Laughing Now?
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Booklist vs. Roald Dahl: Who’s Laughing Now?

“Ghoulish, sordid, and the product of a depraved mind!” writes one reviewer. “I haven’t finished but I don’t like the effect,” opines another. Doesn’t sound very much like a recipe for success, does it? But those hot takes were among Booklist’s responses to Roald Dahl’s first two full-length works for children, James and the Giant […]

It’s Almost Roald’s Birthday, Dahl-ings. Let’s Celebrate!

It’s Almost Roald’s Birthday, Dahl-ings. Let’s Celebrate!

A little nonsense now and then, is cherished by the wisest men. —Roald Dahl This September 13, revered author Roald Dahl—who, as the Guardian puts it, is beloved for “satisfying children’s appetite for the violent, greedy and disgusting”—would have turned 100 years old. In observation of this milestone, his estate and his publisher launched a year-long, worldwide celebration of all […]

The Real Meaning of “Books for Youth”

The Real Meaning of “Books for Youth”

At Booklist we use the phrases “Adult Books” and “Books for Youth” to sort titles for old people from those for young ones. (That’s a tad over-simplified, but you get the idea.) It’s also how we define editors. (Kind of like the Sharks v. Jets but with less snapping.) When I first started at Booklist those terms […]

Reading the Wilder Life

Reading the Wilder Life

Wendy McClure’s memoir of her love and search for the reality behind the fiction of an American classic of childhood is a great idea for a one-time theme for a book group. McClure chronicled her Little House quest in The Wilder Life: My Adventures in the Lost World of ‘Little House on the Prairie‘. Readers […]