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Thursday, 19 April 2012

Q is for Quests and Kingdoms by K.V. Johansen

Fantasy has become an increasingly popular genre of children's litera­ture in recent years; Quests and Kingdoms provides a basis from which an adult unfamiliar with the genre of children's fantasy literature may explore it. Quests is an historical survey for the interested general reader, which will be of great practical value to library and education professionals as well. Though the aim is to give adults concerned with bringing children (or teens) and books together a familiarity with the children's fantasy genre and its history, for those who already know and love the classics of children's fantasy Quests will be an introduction to works and authors they may have missed.

Taking a chronological approach, Quests begins with the fairy-tale collections of d'Aulnoy, Perrault, and the Grimms and works its way up to the novels of J.K. Rowling and Garth Nix, covering over three centu­ries of fantasy read by children. The lives of 95 authors are looked at and placed in historical context, while their works are introduced through both synopses and analysis. Quests also includes chapters on Tolkien, retellings of traditional stories, and King Arthur and Robin Hood. More than 500 works are discussed, and the thorough index makes the book a practical reference resource as well as a history and an introduction to the best in the genre.

8 comments:

Rachel Morgan said...

Sounds like a fascinating book!

Eric W. Trant said...

That's what I'm writing, now, a quest book. I should have thought of that for my Q-entry!

And it's a kid's book, or at least an Adult / Young Adult book.

- Eric

Susan Kane said...

A Quest is the source of question, and that is what we all should do. I love the idea of "Quest".

Carole Anne Carr said...

Very useful for writers too, Rachel. :0)

Carole Anne Carr said...

Good luck with your personal quest book, Eric. You would find Johansen's book an interesting read.

Carole Anne Carr said...

It is a very interesting book, Susan, and a great resource for writers.

Glynis said...

Sounds the sort of book a young friend here might enjoy. I will make a note and treat him.

Carole Anne Carr said...

It is very useful for a children's author too, Glynis.

 
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