December 13, 2005 @ 1:50 pm | Filed under: Books
“I started with characters,” [Birdsall] said. ”I wanted to write about four sisters—obviously a ‘Little Women’ thing. What I loved about books when I was a child were characters’ reactions to interesting situations, rather than highly plotted books. That’s what I always saw, even in ‘The Secret Garden’ and ‘Little Women’ and E. Nesbit’s and Edward Eager’s magical books.”
Loads of other riches at Big A little a today, including word of a new Dick King-Smith novel (hoorah!), an interesting quote about the particular challenge of finding a picture book that can stand up to the rigors of a hundred read-alouds in a row, and links to dozens of children’s book reviews. Great site.
Children’s Book Meme
The Merry Widow Waltz
I’ve been making Primer jokes about the iPad ever since it appeared, but this beats all.
Picture Book Spotlight: The Scrambled States of America