Selma G. Lanes and “The Book Without Words”

Posted in Adults, Childrens, Fiction, Literary Studies at 6:35 pm by web

I’m currently reading two books (I’m always reading at least two books): Selma G. Lanes’ “Through the Looking Glass (don’t remember the subtitle)” and “The Book Without Words: A Fable of Medieval Magic” by Avi. I’m really enjoying the Avi story. The idea of the book that only certain people with a given trait can read is really interesting and the plot is entertaining to read.

As much as I like Avi’s book, however, I dislike Lanes’ book more. She did little to no work to make this book. She simply pulled articles and introductions from periodicals and other books from the past thirty years and combined them more or less randomly into a book. She didn’t edit them for content at all for the book, meaning I got told in the middle of the book that the book I was about to read had wonderful letters written by Beatrix Potter in it. Right. Anyway… she also annoys me with some of her attitudes about children’s literature. She believes that books become popular because of the lessons they teach and that adults choose what children’s books will become classics. Oh, and one of these days Maurice Sendak will ascend to his rightful place and ruler of the cosmos. We will celebrate his ascention and morn our loss. Or something. I’m not happy with this book. She doesn’t even bother to make sure her facts are right! Oh well. I’m almost done with it.