The most accessible approach yet to children's literature and narrative theory, "Telling Children's Stories" is a comprehensive collection of never-before-published essays by an international slate of scholars that offers a broad yet in-depth assessment of narrative strategies unique to children's literature. The volume is divided into four interrelated sections: "Genre Templates and Transformations," "Approaches to the Picture Book," "Narrators and Implied Readers," and "Narrative Time." Mike Cadden's introduction considers the links between the various essays and topics, as well as their connections with such issues as metafiction, narrative ethics, focalization, and plotting. Ranging in focus from picture books to novels such as "To Kill a Mockingbird," from detective fiction for children to historical tales, from new works such as the Lemony Snicket series to classics like "Tom's Midnight Garden," these essays explore notions of montage and metaphor, perspective and subjectivity, identification and time. Together, they comprise a resource that will interest and instruct scholars of narrative theory and children's literature, and that will become critically important to the understanding and development of both fields.
"This book sounds a call for all literary scholars to embrace children's literature."-D.J. Brothers, CHOICE -- D.J. Brothers * CHOICE *
"Child literature scholars as well as students interested in narrative theory will no doubt repeatedly consult the in-depth analyses as well as the strong theoretical chapters in this valuable volume."-Yasmine Motawy, International Research Society for Children's Literature -- Yasmine Motawy * International Research Society for Children's Literature *
"[Telling Children's Stories] is a welcome and accomplished contribution to children's literature studies, and I am confident that I will return often to many of these fine essays."-Richard Flynn, Children's Literature Association Quarterly -- Richard Flynn * Children's Literature Association Quarterly *