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Review of <em>Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books</em> by Michelle Markel

Title

Review of Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books by Michelle Markel

ISBN

9780811879224

Publication Date

2017

Publisher

Chronicle Books

City

San Francisco, CA

Disciplines

Library and Information Science | Modern Literature

Keywords

Children's literature, reviews, John Newbery, Newbery Medal

Review

John Newbery, famously known as “The Father of Children’s Literature,” was an innovative man with an imagination and a heart for publishing books for children. The famous Newbery Medal literary award is named in his honor. In this book, Michelle Markel does a fair job of delighting readers with alongside Nancy Carpenter’s illustrations - the color, the humor, the expressiveness, and the sheer creativity all works together to give the reader a feast for the eyes. The storyline is good, and the variation of text size and font within the book at different times will captivate children. Overall, educators and librarians alike could use this book as a nifty read about the beginning of the genre of children’s literature.

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Holly Caldwell, Centennial Library Intern

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