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Castaways of the Flying Dutchman by Brian Jacques
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Mar 28, 2015

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message 2: by Peacerenity (new)

Peacerenity This is children's fiction. I repeat, this is children's fiction. From Harry Potter to Disney, children's fiction is known for having unequivocal heroes and villains, with authors like Philip Pullman being the exception rather than the norm. Criticisms like "one-dimensional" aren't applicable to children's lit: what is so wrong with "good guy" and "bad guy", with a bit of moral absolutism before being drowned in the haze that is relativism? Calling characters "one-dimensional" in a children's lit book is just an adult's attempt to make things more complicated than necessary. A more appropriate criticism would be "boring".

message 1: by Jill (new) - rated it 1 star

Jill I guess we'll have to agree to disagree. I think the best children's and young adult lit has multi-dimensional characters. Philip Pullman is a great example of an author who does that well. I'd also include Walter Dean Myers, Christopher Paul Curtis, L.M. Montgomery, S.E. Hinton, and many others on that list. If you want to read books with one-dimensional characters, I'm sure there are also many options. In that case I strongly recommend Castaways of the Flying Dutchmen.

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