#The Velveteen Rabbit #Kidlit #Children's Literature #Lit
“Does it hurt?” asked the Rabbit.
“Sometimes,” said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. “When you are Real you don’t mind being hurt.”
“Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,” he asked, “or bit by bit?”
“It doesn’t happen all at once,” said the Skin Horse. “You become. It takes a long time. That’s why it doesn’t happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept. Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because once you are Real you can’t be ugly, except to people who don’t understand.”
- The Velveteen Rabbit (or How Toys Become Real) by Margery Williams, 1922
‘Tell me one that you liked.’
‘I liked The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,’ Matilda said. ‘I think Mr C. S. Lewis is a very good writer. But he has one failing. There are no funny bits in his books.’
‘You are right there,’ Miss Honey said.
‘There aren’t many funny bits in Mr Tolkien either,’ Matilda said.
‘Do you think that all children’s books ought to have funny bits in them?’ Miss Honey asked.
‘I do,’ Matilda said. ‘Children are not so serious as grown-ups and love to laugh.’
Matilda by Roald Dahl
Happy Roald Dahl Day! He, more than any other author, made a very young Alex want to grow up and write children’s books. I’m grateful for his imagination and skill every day.#Roald Dahl #Kidlit #Kid Lit #Children's Literature #Matilda
- The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
I am finally reading these books (I know, I know!) for market research and I was surprised by how funny they are. Like, my exact sense of humor (what does that say about me??). I totally see why the series has become such a phenomenon: extremely likeable, sympathetic hero, clever use of mythology, humor, and a ton of action/adventure. I would have been obsessed as a 8-12 year-old.