“A number of experts in children’s literature have pronounced ‘The World Is Round’ a good book, but that does not surprise me, since, with a few exceptions, the critics of children’s books are remarkably lenient souls. They seem to regard books for children with the same tolerant tenderness with which nearly any adult regards a child. Most of us assume there is something good in every child; the critics go on from this to assume there is something good in every book written for a child. It is not a sound theory.”
This from a great article in a forthcoming New Yorker about Mr. White and some controversy surrounding publication of Stuart Little, one of my childhood favorites. More from this article later, as time allows.