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Quests and Kingdoms

A Grown-Up's Guide to Children's Fantasy Literature

By K.V. Johansen

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Format: Paperback / softback, 464 pages
Published In: Canada, 28 June 2005
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 a 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.

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Fantasy has become an increasingly popular genre of children's literature in recent years, but teachers, parents, or librarians who do not read much fantasy themselves can feel a bit overwhelmed when looking for something to recommend to a young reader who has finished the latest book by Rowling or Jacques. 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.

Reviews:

'This is a book that does exactly what it says on the tin – and then more...Tolkien is seen as so pivotal in the development of the genre that he gets a thoughtful and well researched chapter all to himself...a helpful guide to content... Her book could be a real help to the adults seeking to guide [children] into this marvellous world.'
-Amon Hen (Bulletin of the Tolkien Society), Issue 196.

'What truly amazes, though, is Johansen's reliability and depth of knowledge...and her accuracy with facts...The sheer volume of knowledge on display here could earn Johansen honors for scholarship. This is a truly useful reference book...'
-Mythprint (Bulletin of the Mythopoeic Society) Nov. 2005.

'In an engaging and highly readable style, Johansen’s enthusiasm and knowledge for her subject captivates her reader... Quests and Kingdoms is an informed and informative work highly recommended for reader’s advisory, teachers of language arts and fantasy collections.'
-CM Magazine (Volume XII Number 2, Sept 16 2005)

‘Here is a magical thing, a reference book with a heart and soul. Brimming over with ideas, as well as facts and figures, the writing is elegant and the author's enthusiasm contagious. Here, too, a noble defence of fantasy and its literary value.’ - O.R. Melling

“…a valuable reference resource to librarians, education professionals and graduate students in the field of children’s and adolescent literature.”
Resource Links, Volume 11 Number 2, December 2005

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About the Author

K.V. Johansen has Master's Degrees in Medieval Studies (Toronto) and English (McMaster). The author of a number of children's books, she held the 2001 Eileen Wallace Research Fellowship in Children's Literature from the Eileen Wallace Collection at the University of New Brunswick. She also received the 2004 Frances E. Russell Award for research in children's literature from the Canadian section of IBBY, the International Board on Books for Young People.

Reviews

"This is a book that does exactly what it says on the tin - and then more...Tolkien is seen as so pivotal in the development of the genre that he gets a thoughtful and well researched chapter all to himself...a helpful guide to content... Her book could be a real help to the adults seeking to guide [children] into this marvellous world." -Amon Hen, (Bulletin of the Tolkien Society), Issue 196. "In an engaging and highly readable style, Johansen's enthusiasm and knowledge for her subject captivates her reader... Quests and Kingdoms is an informed and informative work highly recommended for reader's advisory, teachers of language arts and fantasy collections." -CM Magazine (Volume XII Number 2, Sept 16 2005) "Here is a magical thing, a reference book with a heart and soul. Brimming over with ideas, as well as facts and figures, the writing is elegant and the author's enthusiasm contagious. Here, too, a noble defence of fantasy and its literary value." - O.R. Melling "Johansen brings a scholar's erudition and a child's delight to the field of children's fantasy. Her thoughtful survey elevates fantasy from guilty pleasure to moral education, and reveals it to be not a recent marketing-driven fad, but an ancient and unbreakable strand of human creativity. If you know nothing about the genre, this book will turn you into an aficionado; if you think you've read everything, you'll find new gems here, and old ones glowing with a new light. For teachers, parents, anyone who wants to uncover the wonder of reading, Quests and Kingdoms is a pirate's treasure map." - Tristanne J. Connolly, St. Jerome's University

EAN: 9780968802441
ISBN: 0968802443
Publisher: Sybertooth Inc
Dimensions: 22.86 x 15.24 x 2.62 centimetres (0.73 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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