When Dr Seuss Enterprises, “working with a panel of experts, including educators” recently reviewed their catalogue and decided to stop publishing and licensing six Dr Seuss books, the uproar was immediate and vociferous. Ian considers today's publishing sensitivities in the context of constantly changing societal attitudes and his own response to outdated books as a child.
Tag: books for children
Now is the Moominland Midwinter of our discontent: order and chaos in Moominland
More than seventy years after their first appearance, the big-nosed Moomins – immortalised in a series of nine fantasy chapter books written and illustrated by Finnish cartoonist and island-dweller Tove Jansson between 1945 and 1970 – continue to beguile children and adults worldwide. Gay takes a look at two very different books from the Moomin series.