«La letteratura per ragazzi ha una lunga e nobile storia di scarsa considerazione. Sul volto di certe persone si disegna un sorrisetto particolare quando racconto loro che cosa faccio, più o meno lo stesso che mi aspetterei di vedere se dicessi che costruisco minuscoli mobili da bagno per elfi. Scrivo narrativa per ragazzi da oltre dieci anni ormai, e faccio ancora fatica a darne una definizione. Ma so con certezza che cosa non è: non è solo per ragazzi.» Katherine Rundell firma un'appassionata difesa della letteratura per ragazzi, contro i pregiudizi e gli snobismi di chi pensa che leggerla dopo una certa età sia bandito. Ma chi lo ha detto che c'è un'unica direzione di lettura nella vita? Che non si possa andare avanti e indietro, mischiare i generi, leggere contemporaneamente Joyce e Dahl, i saggi di Derrida e le avventure di Mary Poppins? Leggere libri per ragazzi da adulti non è regredire, non è tornare indietro, ci spiega Rundell con puntuta saggezza, al contrario se li abbandoniamo del tutto «lo facciamo a nostro rischio e pericolo, perché rinunciamo a uno scrigno di meraviglie che, guardate con occhi adulti, possiedono una magia completamente nuova.»
- ISBN: 8817144134
- Casa Editrice: Rizzoli
- Pagine: 63
If hope is a thing with feathers, then libraries are wings.
What a delightful little book! It's short, but it contains a wealth of uplift and inspiration on how children's books rekindle the imagination and sense of wonder in adult readers. The author points out that reading children's books is not mindless escapism, not a hiding place, but a seeking place.
“If I had a serious brain injury I might well write a children’s book,” Martin Amis once said when asked if he’d ever thought of writing for younger readers. He added that writing for kids would force him to write “at a lower register” than the level at which he was capable of writing. Katherine Run Leggi tutto
A wonderful essay that celebrates the importance of children's literature in the lives of everyone no matter their age. Rundells covers a lot in this little piece - the origins of children's literature, its place in society now and the power it has to affect us even if we are no longer, officially,
A great 63-page essay on why adults should not be ashamed to read children’s books - something that I think a lot of people should read. I would have loved this to go into more detail than it did as I feel like so many points were rushed over and a lot of fantastic points were so close to being perf Leggi tutto
3.5 Stars I think the sentiments in this book are best summed up by this quote: "Children's fiction does something else too: it offers to help us refind things we may not even know we have lost. Adult life is full of forgetting; I have forgotten most of the people I have ever met; I've forgotten most Leggi tutto
Children’s books say: the world is huge. They say: hope counts for something. They say: bravery will matter, wit will matter, empathy will matter, love will matter. quick, clever, and lovely: this 63-page essay is smol but mighty in its advocacy for reading children’s books! rundell writes clearly Leggi tutto
Most people, Rundell thinks, perceive children’s literature as a first stage in their evolution as a reader: it is to be gradually but firmly replaced with adult literature, and never revisited. But of course, as this standalone essay’s terrific title tells you, she believes such a decision would be Leggi tutto
4.5* I already love reading children’s book, and even chose a module on this topic when I studied for my English lit degree, so why would I try this essay? Well, I wanted to see what arguments the author came up with, and although this is a very short read, I did enjoy it. Rundell puts forward lots of Leggi tutto
A distilled tonic of a book that you can read in just a couple of hours. Filled with peps of inspiration about fairytales, nursery food, book memories and how we can recapture all those things in the books we write and read for children. If you're a librarian, teacher, or children's book reader, or
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