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The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English By Edited by Victor Watson (Homerton College, Cambridge )

The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English
by Edited by Victor Watson (Homerton College, Cambridge )

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An alphabetised reference work providing a critical and appreciative overview of children's books written in English across the world, from King Alfred to J. K. Rowling. It has entries on authors and titles as well as entries on major topics.
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The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English by Edited by Victor Watson (Homerton College, Cambridge )

The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English is an alphabetised reference work providing a critical and appreciative overview of children's books written in English across the world. It gives due weight to the history of children's books from pre-Norman times to the present - respecting the canon but also recognising current developments in publishing practices and in children's own reading. In addition to the long established traditions of children's writing from Britain and the USA, the Guide covers the increasing range of successful children's books produced in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Africa and India; and the exciting renaissances in children's books taking place in Ireland and South Africa. In acknowledging that a great deal of what children read has little to do with classrooms and not much to do with what is considered 'literary', the Guide contains entries on television, comics, annuals and the growing range of media texts.

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The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English Reviews


'... a vast and valiant undertaking ... Victor Watson has assembled an enormous team of contributors, many of them academics from places as far apart as Cambridge itself and the University of Tasmania, whose task is to assess the entire range of writing for children, from Mother Goose onwards ... This latest guide to a fascinating branch of literature adds up to a treasure trove of appreciation and information.' Patricial Craig, The Independent
'A detailed Guide to a fascinating but complex world of words and pictures.' Quentin Blake, Children's Laureate
'This Guide opens up to a wide audience the approachability of children's literature as a cultural sharing of one of the delights of childhood.' Margaret Meek
'The Cambridge Guide brings, at long last, to the often neglected genre of children's books, the gravitas of scholarship, but in a form that is both accessible and desirable. I have used it extensively as a reference book,m to find out more about fellow writers and illustrators and editors. But I have also dipped into it, treating it as an anthology almost, and made wonderfully unexpected discoveries. I keep it on my bedside table, alongside 'the Rattle Bag'. Good company! Truly a treasure chest of children's literature, but not to be hidden away.' Michael Morpurgo
'The Guide will quickly become indispensable. What I particularly like is the considered and richly informed writing by people of real stature in their fields. There's an awareness of current issues, including commercial ones, as well as the evaluative and historical pieces.' Philip Pullman
' ... the entries are all thoughtful, detailed, and illuminating. many cover the history of their subject from the earliest appearance to modern publications, giving a depth that is often lacking in other reference works [ ...] Highly recommended for all libraries.' Library Journal
'The result is a publication which is likely to become (and remain for some time) a standard reference text. Its cost will be more than justified by the regular use which, in many different ways and settings, will be made of it.' Times Educational Supplement
'Fully comprehensive, this is a most welcome dip-in resource which makes engrossing reading. A must for all those involved with children's literature.' Junior Education
'It is gratifying to be able to signal the success of such an ambitious and monumental undertaking of this Cambridge Guide ... one must only marvel at the achievement of Victor Watson and the team behind this most important publication.' Magpies
'This isn't just a guide but a real page turner - vivid, funny, devoted and warm. If you take it into your hands you can write of the rest of your working day. It is a truly addictive production.' Books in Ireland
'I have no hesitation in recommending this. It's tremendous value.' Signal
'I can only reinforce my recommendation of this excellent reference guide by endorsing the publisher's view: 'a book to enjoy and relish.' International Schools Magazine
'I can only reinforce my recommendation of this excellent guide by endorsing the publisher's view: 'a book to enjoy and relish'. International Schools Magazine
'A treasure trove of information on all aspects of children's books. In fact it is by no means easy to tear oneself away from it to begin writing a review. As a resource for information on almost every aspect of children's books past and present it is a remarkable compilation. It is unsurpassed.' English Studies
"There is nothing more satisfying than coming across a reference work that is not only comprehensive in its inclusion of the requisite dates and facts and other biographical detail, but is also thoughtful and creative in its treatment. Such a book is Victor Watson's The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English." -Copley News Service
"the entries are all thoughtful, detailed, and illuminating. many cover the history of their subject from the earliest appearance to mdoern publications, giving a depth that is often lacking in other reference works [...] Highly recommened for all libraries." -Library Journal
"a useful reference tool, and a great browsing item, too." -School Library Journal
"Cross-refrences abound, and the entries themselves, especially those dealing with genres or literary movement, evince enthusiasm and respect for their subjects." -The Bulletin, Jan 2002
"This valuable alphabetical reference offers easy access to an overflowing chest of encyclopedic material...this 814-page volume serves as a fairly complete reference work on children's books of historical interest, and provides plenty of delicious morsels regarding their effect on the contemporary scene." -Napra Review, Jan 2002
"[it] will be useful in the public or academic library setting." -Booklist
"This much-anticipated book is clearly one of the best single-volume reference works in the field. It is thorough in its coverage of both British and American children's books, and it does a respectable job of covering children's literature from the rest of the English-speaking world. It is exceptionally strong in the area of contemporary children's literature, but it also includes substantial entries on important children's authors from the past." -Children's Literature Association Quarterly
"[The] diversity of contributors is reflected in the gratifying diversity of the over 2,500 entries.... Unlike previous reference books put out by British presses, this one goes out of its way to recognize the work in English of authors and illustrators from minorities and from countries other than the United States and Great Britain; poetry is also unusually well represented.... In addition, the Cambridge Guide has a wider historical scope than I have found in other reference books of this type.... The Cambridge Guide is a bargain for the price--I strongly recommend it not only to libraries of all types but to the general reader who is interested in children's literature and children's culture." -Libraries and Culture
"Watson's informative reference work provides a comprehensive overview of historic and contemporary children's books published in English.... The volume covers a wide range of subjects, each thoroughly explored and analzed by a distinguished group of contributors.... Highly recommended for all libraries." -Choice
"Impressive in its breadth of coverage and attention to the political, social, and commercial forces affecting what young persons read and view, Cambridge Guide to Children's Book in English is not the standard desktop companion in its field." -MLA: Literary Research Guide

About Edited by Victor Watson (Homerton College, Cambridge )


Victor Watson is Assistant Director of Research at Homerton College, University of Cambridge, and a Trustee of the Centre for the Children's Book.

Table of Contents


Editors' introduction; A note to the reader; Entries A-Z; List of contributors; Illustration acknowledgements.

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GOR005632974
The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English by Edited by Victor Watson (Homerton College, Cambridge )
Edited by Victor Watson (Homerton College, Cambridge )
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Cambridge University Press
2001-08-27
828
0521550645
9780521550642
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