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Nonsense literature for children : Aesop to Seuss
Anderson, Celia Catlett, 1936-
Publication Information:
Hamden, Conn. : Library Professional Publications, 1989.
Physical Description:
xix, 273 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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Central Library PR468.N6 A53 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Booklist Review

Although written for students of children's literature and other related courses, this scholarly work on nonsense will also have meaning for those engaged in bringing children and books together. The authors discuss nonsense, its appeal and its benefits, talk about its various forms, and examine the part illustration has played in its delivery. Fortified with ample illustrations and examples, this book will be welcomed by those with an interest in the absurd. --Barbara ~Elleman

Choice Review

Anderson (Eastern Connecticut State University) and Apseloff (Kent State University) call this a resource work for professionals working with the young, for parents and grandparents seeking children's books, and for "academics in literature, art, library science, education, and psychology." They also contend that it is a suitable textbook for many college courses. Although its lengthy bibliographies are useful, its discussions of technique and texts lack the thoroughness and depth professionals and academic specialists demand. It treats prose, verse, television, illustrations, and the psychological implications of nonsense, but it is not a thorough anatomy. In spite of its subtitle, it provides neither a detailed history nor a comprehensive survey. The chapter on philosophy analyzes logical fallacies well, but most sections are superficial. Heavily dependent on Linda Geller's Wordplay and Language Learning for Children (1985) in its repeated arguments about the value of nonsense, it is predominantly descriptive and celebratory. Quoting Carolyn Wells, the authors say that the important distinction is "to discriminate between nonsense of integral merit and simple chaff." They are enthusiastic, but they do not equip readers for such a task. -R. E. Jones, University of Alberta

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