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A Bouquet for the Gardner: Martin Gardner Remembered. Edited by Mark Burstein. Beltsville, MD: Lewis Carroll Society of North America, 2011.

Perhaps most famous for his Annotated Alice, Martin Gardner also published on many other topics, including L. Frank Baum's fantasy stories. Gardner died in 2010 at age ninety-five, and this volume celebrates his multifaceted career. Mark Burstein brings together numerous essays and reminiscences by a wide variety of people who knew Gardner and appreciated his work. The centerpiece of this volume is a substantial biography of Gardner written by Michael Patrick Hearn.

The Fairies Return: or, New Tales for Old. Compiled by Peter Davies. Edited by Maria Tatar. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2012.

Originally published in 1934, this collection of modernized fairy tales has a witty and subversive quality that is still appealing almost eighty years later. This volume is being brought back into print as part of Princeton University Press's Oddly Modern Fairy Tales series. Maria Tatar provides a scholarly introduction as well as brief biographical sketches of the authors of these fairy tales.

The Idea of Nature in Disney Animation: From Snow White to WALL•E. 2nd ed. By David Whitley. Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2012.

The first edition of this book appeared in 2008, and was reviewed by Kathy Merlock Jackson in the spring 2009 issue of Children's Literature Association Quarterly. This second edition updates the original in several places, but the most significant difference is a new chapter titled "WALL•E: Nostalgia and the Apocalypse of Trash."

Southern Journal of Linguistics vol. 36, no. 2 (2012). Edited by Ralf Thiede.

This special issue is focused on the relationship between linguistics and children's literature. Among the articles included in this issue are Teofil Husar's "Exploiting Ambiguity in Addressing Dual Audiences"; Elizabeth Tingley's "Interactive Reading Experiences and Language Development"; Elaine C. Hill's "When the Fish Have New Names: Children's Books and the Co-Development of Language and [End Page 94] Interaction during Language Acquisition"; Julie Wright's "The Autonomy of Language in Children's Literature: Three Stages of Metalinguistic Scaffolding"; and Brittany A. Stone's "Learning the Language of Power: An Analysis of Linguistic Savvy in Picture Books."

Stephenie Meyer: In the Twilight. By James Blasingame, Jr., Kathleen Deakin, and Laura A. Walsh. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2012.

The latest addition to the Scarecrow Studies in Young Adult Literature series, this volume provides some key biographical information about Stephenie Meyer as well as an overview of her Twilight series. [End Page 95]