Wild Things : acts of mischief in children's literature
by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson, and Peter D. Sieruta
Reading this book is like spending a few hours in a bar adjacent a library or booksellers conference, learning all kinds of juicy gossip about children and teen books, authors, illustrators, and publishers. From the private life of Maurice Sendak to the steamy journals of Wanda Gag, with snarky tales of celebrity authors and plenty of side-stories about controversial topics and landmark books like Annie on my Mind, Go Ask Alice, and Forever, the authors huddle in tightly to include the reader as they dish up scandal after scandal, with jaunty, conversational buoyancy.
A fun read for librarians, parents, and other lovers of books for kids and teens...but not of interest to teens and kids themselves.
Also, if you've never spent a few hours in the bar adjacent a library or booksellers conference, you should try it sometime.