The End: Children’s Authors’ Last Words

Following the deaths this month of Brian Jacques, Janet Schulman, and Margaret K. McElderry, we turn to the last words of those who wrote for the young — Seuss, Dahl, Thurber, Montgomery, Nesbit, Charles M. Schulz, Crockett Johnson, and others. “Yes. I’m not going to die tomorrow.” — Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904-1991) “Ow,…

Eight Facts About Roald Dahl

Last week, I finally finished Donald Sturrock’s Storyteller: The Authorized Biography of Roald Dahl.  I highly recommend it.  In addition to being well-written and carefully researched, it’s a heck of a story.  In it, you’ll encounter such facts as these: During World War II, Dahl was a spy.  (This has previously been documented in Jennet…

Can Censoring a Children’s Book Remove Its Prejudices?

When I posted news of my “Censoring Children’s Literature” course last month, several people (well, OK, one person …maybe two) expressed an interest in hearing more about the course.  So, given that Banned Books Week is coming up next week, here’s an update. Having lately been examining two versions of Hugh Lofting’s Doctor Dolittle (1920,…