Wild Things by Bruce Handy audiobook

Wild Things: The Joy of Reading Children's Literature as an Adult

By Bruce Handy
Read by Bruce Handy

Highbridge Audio

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781665142724

  • ISBN: 9781665142700

  • ISBN: 9781665142717

Runtime: 7.66 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In 1690, the dour New England Primer, thought to be the first American children's book, was published in Boston. Offering children gems of advice such as "Strive to learn" and "Be not a dunce," it was no fun at all. So how did we get from there to "Let the wild rumpus start"? And now that we're living in a golden age of children's literature, what can adults get out of reading Where the Wild Things Are and Goodnight Moon, or Charlotte’s Web and Little House on the Prairie?

In Wild Things, Vanity Fair contributing editor Bruce Handy revisits the classics of every American childhood, from fairy tales to The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and explores the back stories of their creators, using context and biography to understand how some of the most insightful, creative, and witty authors and illustrators of their times created their often deeply personal masterpieces. Along the way, Handy learns what The Cat in the Hat says about anarchy and absentee parenting, which themes are shared by The Runaway Bunny and Portnoy's Complaint, and why Ramona Quimby is as true an American icon as Tom Sawyer or Jay Gatsby.

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Author Bio: Bruce Handy

Author Bio: Bruce Handy

Bruce Handy is a contributing editor at Vanity Fair. A former writer and editor at Spy and Time, his articles, essays, reviews, and humor pieces have appeared in such publications as the New York Times Magazine, New York Times Book Review, New York magazine, Rolling Stone, Vogue, Village Voice, and the New Yorker.

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Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 7.66
Audience: Adult
Language: English