Say you're a longtime blogger who's freely dropped the F-bomb and is now writing children's books. Suddenly that online marketing tool you've been developing all these years is too hot to link to from your new author site. What to do? Well, if you're JewishIrishy poet/essayist-turned-YA-author Laurel Snyder, it's simple--you just start a new blog. Hence, Kid*Lit(erary), which features "micro-reviews of the very, very very very very best children's books in the world...for highly selective readers (or maybe their parents!). "
Since she launched Kid*Lit in late April, Laurel has posted some two dozen reviews with nary a naughty word to be found. Just some keen observations and fine recommendations. I got a kick out of reading she had the same reaction I had to David LaRochelle and Richard Egielski's "The End"--a book that begins at the end of the story, with each subsequent page explaining the cause for the action on the previous page. Thus, this clever upside-down fairy tale concludes with "Once upon a time..." She writes: "I wish I had thought of this!!!" I hear you, Laurel, and my four-year-old twins think it's pretty neat, too.
Anyway, on a religion note, her post yesterday is about "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," in which Harry's acceptance of death places the young wizard, in Laurel's estimation, among some fairly spiritually advanced company: "Harry Potter, Aslan, Jesus. The only thing that could overcome death was the willing submission to death. Powerful, heavy, lonely, sad."
Laurel's forthcoming titles include a picture book, "Inside the Slidy Diner" (Tricycle), a novel, "Up & Down the Scratchy Mountains OR the Search for a Suitable Princess" (Random House), and a poetry collection, "The Myth of the Simple Machines" (No Tell Books).
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