Scandal, mystery and controversy in the 'fuzzy bunny' world of children's literature

Nashville Scene
It’s both the blessing and the curse of children’s books that adults remember them so fondly — a blessing because this fondness creates demand, and so the great ones keep getting reprinted and read; a curse because the rose-colored glasses of adult nostalgia can mask many of the most interesting and challenging aspects of these classics. The subtitle of Wild Things! Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature — by Nashville writer Julie Danielson and her co-authors, Betsy Bird and Peter D. Sieruta — promises that the book will shatter those rose-colored lenses and shine a light on the often controversial aspects of children’s books, their creators and the people who read them.

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