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Balderdash!: John Newbery and the Boisterous Birth of Children's Books Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2017-09-28 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0811879224
LANGUAGE:English

" This book really gives you a sense of why John Newbery is considered to be the father of children's literature, without being too heavy-handed or dry. The illustrations are lively, they really help visualize Newbery's playfulness, and there is a fun variation in fonts throughout the book. For teachers and librarians that promote the Newbery Medal, this book would be a great starting point. " said.

" I really enjoyed this. The illustrations interplay with the fonts and are delightful. The entire approach is an interesting window to history. It did not work as well to readaloud to a large group as I thought it might - a bit too long, even for elementary aged kids - but for a smaller group or one-on-one it would be very nice. " said.

" Thank goodness for John Newbery, the father of children's literature! In this book, little reader's can learn all about the man who made books for children a reality. With all the great children's library themed books that have come out the past few years, I may need to add a new "important people to the library" lesson to my library curriculum! I will surely be adding this book to the lesson about book awards. " said.

" This picture book biography tells the story of the man who's responsible for children's literature as we know it. John Newbery grew up at a time when there wasn't anything pleasant for children to read, just strict religious rules and lessons. He became a printer dedicated to publishing great things for young people to read. The text in this book is down-to-earth and kid-friendly and the illustrations are colorful and fun. This would be a great nonfiction resource to have on any bookshelf! " said.

" A really interesting look at the life of John Newbery and how he was inspired as a young reader to become the father of children's literature. Teachers, librarians, and lovers of children's lit will love this book, but though it is written for children, I can't picture too many kids that will pick this one up by themselves and just love it. It could make a fun book to read aloud for budding children's librarians. " said.

" This was an interesting look at how John Newbery started getting books into the hands of children. Can you imagine this: "Be glad it's not 1726...Oh, no. Children had to read preachy poems and fables, religious texts that made them fear that death was near, and manuals that told them where to stand, how to sit, not to laugh, and scores of other rules." I didn't even know how the "champion of children's books" came to be. " said.

" A picture book biography of John Newbery, one of the forerunners in publishing books for children to read as entertainment.I've known John Newbery's name for a long time thanks to the book award bearing it, but I've really never heard his story before. Since a whole bunch of child readers are in the same boat, I'm glad this book has come along. Now we can better appreciate Newbery's contribution to the book world. " said.

" I loved everything about this book. The typesetting, which has variances in ink density just as a page coming off a 1700s letterpress would; the illustrations, which put the reader right into the environment of life as a young person in that era; and the story of a young man who was so excited about books it became his life's passion.(Also, there's a ten-dollar Scrabble/Words with Friends word in this book, for the interested.) " said.

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