- Books Received
Conversations with Neil Gaiman. Edited by Joseph Michael Sommers. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2018.
Part of the University Press of Mississippi’s Literary Conversations series, this collection of nineteen interviews with Neil Gaiman covers his wide-ranging career. In several of these interviews, he comments on Coraline, The Graveyard Book, and some of his other books for children and young adults.
Finding Dorothy: A Novel. By Elizabeth Letts. New York: Ballantine, 2019.
Written for adult readers, this historical novel focuses on Maud Gage Baum, the wife of L. Frank Baum. Opening in 1938 during the filming of MGM’s The Wizard of Oz, the novel includes flashbacks to earlier moments in Maud’s relationship with her famous husband. Although fictional, this retelling is based on extensive historical research into the lives of Gage, Baum, Judy Garland, and others involved in the creation of the different versions of the Oz story.
Shapers of American Childhood: Essays on Visionaries from L. Frank Baum to Dr. Spock to J. K. Rowling. Edited by Kathy Merlock Jackson and Mark I. West. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2018.
This collection of eighteen essays focuses on individuals who have affected the lives of American children from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present. Several of the essays focus on individuals involved in children’s literature and literacy, including L. Frank Baum, A. A. Milne, Dr. Seuss, Augusta Braxton Baker, Judy Blume, LeVar Burton, J. K. Rowling, and Daniel Handler.
Workers’ Tales: Socialist Fairy Tales, Fables, and Allegories from Great Britain. Edited by Michael Rosen. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 2018.
In this collection, Michael Rosen brings together forty-five children’s stories originally published in British workers’ magazines between 1884 and 1914. These stories all advance socialist ideals and values. Rosen’s scholarly introduction places these tales within their historical context. [End Page 102]