A review of Sally Rooney’s new novel

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (September 7, 2021)

Join an international crew of guests as they discuss Jerry Griswold’s new “Behind Children’s Books”


May 15, 2020. Jerry Griswold’s new book offers “Backstories & Revelations” about classic and contemporary children’s stories


Backstories & Revelations by Jerry Griswold

“Behind Children’s Books: Backstories & Revelations” (148pp; pub date May 15).


“Like a famished alley mutt, he digs away at the bone of truth”


They began with injured horses in World War I


Disney’s politics in the era of the New Deal and FDR (from the NYTimes Book Review)

“The Adventures of Mickey Mouse (50th Birthday Edition),” by Walt Disney (David McKay Company, 1978)


Food and the dead, Irish begging door-to-door, Tim Burton’s “Nightmare Before Christmas,” Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”

“Coco,” directed by Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina (Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Studios, 2017). A terrific animated film that makes use of Mexican customs surrounding the Day of the Dead.

Jerry Griswold

Writer/critic/professor/journalist: children’s literature, culture, film, travel. Seven books, 100's of essays in NY&LA Times.

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