Published Today: “Behind Children’s Books”

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

In this amusing and insightful collection of 60 essays, Jerry Griswold reveals the backstories to beloved children’s books. Drawing upon his hundreds of publications (in the , , and elsewhere) and combining these with new work, he considers such authors as Hans Christian Andersen, Maurice Sendak, Beatrix Potter, and Roald Dahl and shows how their personal lives lie behind their work for the young. Examining both classic and contemporary children’s literature, explains the real usefulness of nonsense, how the Land of Oz is actually California, and more.

THE AUTHOR: Jerry Griswold is a leading authority on children’s literature and a former professor (San Diego State University, UCLA, UCSD, the University of Connecticut, the National University of Ireland); for more than a decade, he was also Director of the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. Griswold has published seven books–including (Johns Hopkins) and the prize-winning (Oxford, Penguin, Johns Hopkins). A frequent contributor to the and , he has also written for , , , and other publications.

SOME CLIPPINGS:

  • — Michiko Kakutani, New York Times
  • — Michael James Rocha, San Diego Union Tribune
  • Kate Bernheimer

ORDERING:

is available now as a paperback ($9.95; 148 pp) or an e-book ($7.95) on Amazon.

Preview the Table of Contents and sample pages by clicking on “Look Inside.”

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

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Jerry Griswold

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