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Why You Should Read Children's Books by Katherine Rundell

Why You Should Read Children's Books, Even Though You Are So Old and Wise

Katherine Rundell

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Category: Non-fiction
Imprint: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication date: 8 Aug 2019
ISBN: 9781526610072

Katherine Rundell - Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, and prize-winning author of five novels for children - explores how children's books ignite, and can re-ignite, the imagination; how children's fiction, with its unabashed emotion and playfulness, can awaken old hungers and create new perspectives on the world. This delightful and persuasive essay is for adult readers.

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4 stars out of 5
Caroline Sanderson
10 May 2019

"Rundell's acclaimed children's novels have moved to the top of my to-read pile now I've delighted in this polemical charm of an essay"

Rundell's acclaimed children's novels have moved to the top of my to-read pile now I've delighted in this polemical charm of an essay about how kids' fiction, with its "unabashed emotion and playfulness", can awaken old hungers in us, and create new perspectives. Sometimes in life, she argues, "adults must hasten to children's books to be reminded of what we have left to us, whenever we need to start all over again". Such 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."

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4 stars out of 5
Alex Preston
5 Aug 2019

"Rundell is the real deal, a writer of boundless gifts and extraordinary imaginative power"

Rundell’s argument is both more subtle and more interesting, though. There’s something particular about children’s fiction, she says, that can open up new perspectives for adults. The best children’s fiction “helps us refind things we may not even know we have lost”, taking us back to a time when “new discoveries came daily and when the world was colossal, before the imagination was trimmed and neatened…” Why You Should Read Children’s Books… is an entertaining enough window into the mind of a great writer, but you’d do better to turn to her novels. We’re halfway through her latest, The Good Thieves, and my kids declare it her best yet. Quite old and sporadically wise though I am, I agree.