It’s been an interesting few weeks in the land of children’s literature. I’m so very conscious of a tendency to complain at the paucity of coverage, so I think it’s only right to acknowledge those moments where children’s literature has sort of been sneaking into a lot of things I’ve watched and read. Which is nice. It’s also intriguing to look at those representations of a subject I love greatly because perspectives from another point of view are always welcome (and I will fight for the death for that difference of opinion to exist and continue to exist)
I’m enjoying Clive James’ columns in the Guardian for their sneak mentions of relevant titles. The Apprentice, that bastion of nuanced business skills, recently devoted an entire episode to the making and selling of a picture book. Mog (yes, that Mog) is the star of Sainsbury’s Christmas TV advert – do play spot the beloved author cameo with that video. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman is to become a “long-form” BBC series. The Willoughby’s by Lois Lowry has had animated film rights bought.
And now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go and fly my Miffy emblazoned flag on top of the barricades.