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The Hidden Adult: Defining Children's Literature

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What exactly is a children’s book? How is children’s literature defined as a genre? A leading scholar presents close readings of six classic stories to answer these questions and offer a clear definition of children’s writing as a distinct literary form.

Perry Nodelman begins by considering the plots, themes, and structures of six works: "The Purple Jar," Alice in Wonderlan
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Paperback, 408 pages
Published August 26th 2008 by Johns Hopkins University Press
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Candy Wood
Having taught Children's Literature for several years using Nodelman and Reimer's Pleasures of Children's Literature textbook, I recognized most of the ideas in this book as familiar ones. What Perry Nodelman does here is expand on these ideas, at first by focusing on six books that seem very different but in fact all share the characteristics he identifies as defining children's literature. While complaining about the tendency of many who write about children's books to ignore the work of other ...more
Rebecca
Feb 01, 2011 Rebecca rated it it was ok
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I'm so bummed that this book disappointed me--I was so looking forward to reading it, and was so thrilled to get it for Christmas. Unfortunately, I gave up after reading about a third of it because I didn't like the author's attitude towards children's literature. Instead of an exploration of the field, which was what I was expecting, it was more like an attack on it. The author seems to view children's literature as if it were Snow White's apple: lovely on the outside, but poisoned on the insid ...more
Ben Gulick
Oct 05, 2013 Ben Gulick rated it really liked it
This book is both a must read for anyone interested in the field of children's literature, and for anyone who wants to study it.
While Nodelman is considered to be one of the most respected names in children's literature scholarship this book has some serious flaws, there is some almost amazing amount of redundancy in the book. I understand that it is helpful in learning to repeat but at this level of reading we should not be subjected to the same information more than three times.
Nodelman both
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Cara Byrne
Aug 18, 2013 Cara Byrne rated it liked it
“children’s literature is not simple. The most rudimentary of baby books comes to exist and has meaning only within a complex context of assumptions about books, about babies, about books for babies, about language and visual imagery, about education, about pleasure, and about the economy and the marketplace” (245).

As a huge fan of Nodelman's _Words about Pictures_, I was really excited to read this book. As in his other works, he includes important distinctions about children's literature as a
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Cíara
Aug 15, 2012 Cíara rated it it was amazing
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What an insightful book! This is gonna be extremely useful for my thesis, hurray!!! :D
Rebekah
Sep 28, 2010 Rebekah rated it liked it
Interesting theory - repetitive towards the end.
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Nov 11, 2008 Jenny rated it it was amazing
It's fascinating so far.
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