There is some preaching to the choir, some inside jokes for people who know the significance of Heather having two mommies and that everyone poops (allusions to children’s book titles), but there is also a sense that the authors want to appeal to those who might have the wrong image of them as people who work in children’s literature.
Mike Cadden, a past president of the Children’s Literature Association (ChLA) is a professor of English and the director of childhood studies at Missouri Western State University, where he teaches courses in children’s and young adult literature. His books include Ursula K. Le Guin Beyond Genre: Fiction for Children and Adults and Telling Children’s Stories: Narrative Theory and Children’s Literature.
Posts by Mike Cadden
The real Elvis is American, remember, and America is a consumer society. The desires we project, the stuff we buy—that is what feels real to us. It lets us have any Elvis we want. He left plenty of kitsch in his wake, plenty of pseudo-religion, plenty of Elvis jokes—but he was not, is not, a joke. He lived our contradictions, released our inhibitions, and lost himself in the process.