Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Away with the Fairies

The Telegraph has a series of articles and reviews for younger readers today. Ingo is reviewed again, as well as Dale Peck's Drift House.

Most interesting in this section is Judith Woods' article "Away with the Fairies"--an indictment against series books starring Barbie, footballers, and ballerinas. In other words, she objects to corporate, gendered "stuff" books for kids. I agree wholeheartedly.

Woods also recommends several titles, including a new one, Nag Club, by the wonderful Anne Fine and Francesca Simon's Horrid Henry books.

An excellent read.