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Kid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism

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We are surrounded by narratives, in fiction and in our everyday lives. In this colorful collection of ideas, the author argues that understanding the components of our favorite children's stories can lead to a lifetime of critical thinking.

Beginning with the elements of the universal coming-of-age narrative, "Kid Lit" shows young readers and general readers alike how to re
Paperback, 220 pages
Expected publication: October 27th 2020 by Empire Studies Press
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Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
A nice introduction into going deeper into a piece of literature than just the text using children's literature as the main examples. Short, which both makes it a breezy overview but also makes it somewhat superficial at points. Focuses a lot on the Campbellian hero's journey, which makes sense given the coming of age narratives of a lot of children's literature. It also has a major focus on Orientalism and the literature of empire, which is very interesting. I liked how the book was split into ...more
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an Advance Reader Copy

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and wish it had been around for my teachers when I was still in school!!
While I am no longer in school I am looking forward to doing the exercises myself and seeing where it takes me.

As a mother (who because of COVID) has resorted to badly teaching my children this is a resource I think I will be keeping handy for the foreseeable future. I will also be recommending it to the school board when school issues have been resolved (I am
Tom Durwood’s “Kid Lit: An Introduction to Literary Criticism” represents the latest in a growing body of work reflecting the author’s ongoing interest in history and literature as well as his experience as an editor of an open-access journal and a professor of composition and literature.

Durwood most recently taught composition and literature at Valley Forge Military College, where he won the Teacher of the Year Award five times. One colleague, Pat Murray, Ph.D., has described him as a professo
Steph Anie
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy of Kid Lit via Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review. Aimed at students but just as useful for anyone interested in literature, this resource essentially teaches the reader how to think critically while consuming stories. The format of the book encourages the reader to engage with the content while moving through the text. Complex ideas are presented clearly and convey that the author has both thorough knowledge of the subject matter and skill in teac ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Love this book! I wish this had been around when I was in college; I think it would pair well with any theater, film or lit class (classic, adult, childrens, etc...). It really explains well what makes a great story in easy terms. So concise. Doesn't talk down to students, but leads them to actual critical thinking of what they are watching or reading. Kudos Tom Durwood- well done!

I received a Kindle arc from Netgalley in exchange for a fair review.
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a free copy of this book from the author via Voracious Readers Only in exchange for an honest review.

I read this book to learn more about English literature. I enjoyed reading this and the in-depth view and perspective it gives. It was a different way of looking at literature and the books I had read growing up, and the deeper view and further comprehension was interesting to read.

I would recommend this to those who want to learn more about English literature.
Airy M.
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent take on learning. I read an advanced copy of this and it assists with comprehension and aspects of the literary world from a different angle than most instruction. Definitely helpful and I wish when I was taking English in school I had had this book
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good book for those looking to further their understanding of the English language. Not really a book that you sit down and read in one sitting. Rather, it’s more a book you read for help and references. Overall very helpful and nice to read!
J.D. DeHart
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kid Lit is an absolutely valuable scholarly resource. Durwood’s work is useful for both student and teacher, and is ripe for dialogue and engagement around journeys through text.
Tianne Shaw
Jun 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
Not exactly what I thought it would be like. This book deleted deeper and followed a better narrative than I was expecting. Worth reading but was not as gripping as I wanted to have it take me.
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