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Interesting article by Pamela Paul--children's book editor of the Book Review-- about how Seuss, Sendak, and Silverstein changed the course of children's literature:
http://nyti.ms/qohdcc
#1 - September 18, 2011, 09:23 AM
DUCKWORTH, THE DIFFICULT CHILD (Atheneum, 2019)
INCOGNOLIO (Janx Press, 2017)
CRASHING EDEN  (Solstice, 2012)
OTTO GROWS DOWN (Sterling, 2009)

 :laugh Delightful! Thanks for sharing!

(It reminds me of Sid Fleischman saying that he had trouble getting his books into print b/c he wanted to have lots of humor, and it took years for funny books to break in!)
#2 - September 18, 2011, 10:32 AM
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Interesting!  Thanks, Michael.

Note that all three of these authors are guys, in a field dominated by women.  I wonder what this means.
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It means the 3 writers each have a new book coming out soon and the article writer wanted a hook. All you have to do is think about somebody like Jan Brett to realize innovation is not exclusive to men.
#4 - September 18, 2011, 11:38 AM

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I certainly hope not. 

Still, I think that maybe a guy can get away with pushing the boundaries a bit more than women.  I've certainly been told that my manuscripts are over the edge...

Oh, and by the way, there's also Jon Scieszka.
#5 - September 18, 2011, 11:42 AM
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It's also worth noting that Seuss, Sendak, and Silverstein worked quite a while ago, especially Seuss.

And you always have to wonder who exactly changed kid lit. Since every book does not get accepted, the editor who took a chance on something new should also get some credit. Maybe at the time, editors were more receptive to men doing something new than women?

There are a lot of variables at play here.I really don't take the article too seriously.
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It means the 3 writers each have a new book coming out soon and the article writer wanted a hook. All you have to do is think about somebody like Jan Brett to realize innovation is not exclusive to men.

I agree with Jeff.
(Although I couldn't help noticing that all three authors' names begin with S . . .)   :yup
#7 - September 18, 2011, 01:05 PM
DUCKWORTH, THE DIFFICULT CHILD (Atheneum, 2019)
INCOGNOLIO (Janx Press, 2017)
CRASHING EDEN  (Solstice, 2012)
OTTO GROWS DOWN (Sterling, 2009)

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Four, counting Scieszka.

:)

You've got it made, Michael!
#8 - September 18, 2011, 01:28 PM
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An addition or correction. Not that Jan Brett isn't awesome, but I suspect I was originally thinking of Tasha Tudor's wonderfully detailed drawings as being pretty unique, the sort of thing you can stare at for hours at a time.
#9 - September 18, 2011, 05:35 PM

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Four, counting Scieszka.

:)

You've got it made, Michael!

I was thinking the same thing!    :guitar:
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And you always have to wonder who exactly changed kid lit. Since every book does not get accepted, the editor who took a chance on something new should also get some credit.


I agree, Jeff. There had to be an editor who was willing to publish these rule-breakers. Ursula Nordstrom worked with both Silverstein and Sendak.  If you haven't read it yet, you should pick up Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom. She was definitely considered a bit of a maverick!
#11 - September 18, 2011, 09:36 PM
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