Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year edited by Allie Esiri

Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year by Allie Esiri My rating: 4 of 5 stars Beautifully produced, this is something to wallow in. Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year does precisely what it says on the tin; three hundred and sixty five extracts from Shakespeare for every day of the year. It coverContinue reading “Shakespeare for Every Day of the Year edited by Allie Esiri”

Happy birthday Enid Blyton!

Enid Blyton was born on this day in 1897. Happy birthday Enid! I’ve become increasingly fascinated by Blyton the more I’ve worked on the second chapter of my thesis. I’m considering the changing relationship of children’s literature with landscape; the Arcadian idyll of the Victorian period shifting through to the movements of the post-war period where boundariesContinue reading “Happy birthday Enid Blyton!”

Doodle Lit : Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver

Doodle Lit by Jennifer Adams My rating: 4 of 5 stars Doodle Lit, the work of Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver, is a book that I specifically requested to review and my thanks to the publishers for the review copy. I specifically requested it for several reasons: the boom in colouring in books currently hittingContinue reading “Doodle Lit : Jennifer Adams and Alison Oliver”

Y : The Last Man : Brian K. Vaughan

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan My rating: 5 of 5 stars I have a lot of time for Brian K. Vaughan. It started with my discovery of Runaways, a series that rapidly came to encapsulate some of the best things about comics for me. And with Pride, I realisedContinue reading “Y : The Last Man : Brian K. Vaughan”

An esoteric and distinctly biased list of 50 children’s books you probably really should read (part three)

The Last Unicorn – Peter S. Beagle I came to this after watching the amazing animated film (I’m ALIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIVE) and fell in love. It’s a fantasy classic that tells the story of the last unicorn and her journey to find all the others of her kind. It shifts from pantomine, to pathos, to heart-breaking. Beautiful.Continue reading “An esoteric and distinctly biased list of 50 children’s books you probably really should read (part three)”

Digital children’s literature – values and validation

The presence of the adult mediator / facilitator in children’s literature is without question. Children, whether they’re in the emergent literacy, pre-literate, or literate stages of their development, have one constant in their reading experience – that of the adult. The child does not come across texts which have not been tacitly approved or purchasedContinue reading “Digital children’s literature – values and validation”

Road to London : Barbara Mitchelhill

Road to London by Barbara Mitchelhill My rating: 3 of 5 stars Barbara Mitchelhill is one of those authors I’ve suddenly become very aware of. I’ve heard great things about Run Rabbit Run so I was excited to pick up Road to London, her latest novel due out in April 2012. It’s a novel setContinue reading “Road to London : Barbara Mitchelhill”

King of Shadows – Susan Cooper.

King of Shadows by Susan Cooper My rating: 4 of 5 stars Oh this is good. The protagonist, Nat Field, is a young actor who has come over to play at the Globe with his company. Somehow he goes to bed feeling ill and then wakes up in Shakespearean England. With Shakespeare. The rest ofContinue reading “King of Shadows – Susan Cooper.”