|Posted by Ima Bratt on May 26, 2013 at 4:15 PM|
I just had to share this quote from Mihn Le's article on the meeting of the literary minds this past weekend. The panel was held at Politics & Prose (DC’s preeminent independent bookseller) and featured some of the heaviest hitters in the [childrens book] industry.
Whimsy vs. Dark Matter: [Author/Illustrator Christopher] Myers was most passionate when describing his desire to go to the dark side in his subject matter. “Children are dark little beings,” he declared to the delight of the crowd, “we have to give them a place to channel it.” And while describing the challenges of finding the right balance between the whimsical and the serious, he warned about the dangers of dichotomizing the two. “We are giving kids ways to talk about their life, a vocabulary. If our stories only give them one or the other [the whimsical or the serious], then we have failed them.”