Some children's-book authors are deliberately shaping their books for adults. Mr. Kinney, author of the mega best-selling series, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," said he first envisioned his illustrated books about a middle-school kid named Greg as wry cartoons for adults. His first draft was 1,300 illustrated pages. His publisher, Abrams, convinced him to target kids, arguing that the sassy young narrator would appeal to children, and adults would follow.
Personally, I couldn't agree more that books that are supposed to be for fifth and sixth graders are some of the most delightful reads out there, especially in the fantasy and historical fiction genres. Do you have a favorite kid's book that you have enjoyed as an adult, or that you know an adult has enjoyed?
Palacio, R. J. Wonder. Alfred A. Knopf, 2012.
Sage, Angie. Physik. Katherine Tegen Books, 2007.
|Pulled through a glass that brings him back in time, Septimus Heap becomes the apprentice of an alchemist.|