It's always exciting getting books in the mail. I always eagerly rip through the packaging, quickly finding a comfy (or less-than-comfy if I'm in a particular rush) place to settle down to rifle through the pages if it's a longer book, and simply read straight through if it's a shorter one.
A Rule is to Break: A Child's Guide to Anarchy by John Seven and Jana Christy Seven, being a picture book, I read reasonably quickly, though I did take a bit of time on each page to fully admire the wonderfully charming artwork. I've long admired Jana's art, how gorgeous and organic it feels, the colours and textures and style... It's just lovely! And this book was no different.
Well, not when it comes to the good artwork, anyway. In other ways, it is VERY different from any other children's book I've read!
Many (I think it's fair to say most) children's picture books are thinly disguised morality tales, and when not outright morality tales, are still strongly pushing and presenting the norms and expectations of the dominant culture. Not particularly surprising, really, considering that the writers of most children's books, like most people, are very firmly enmeshed in the dominant culture. And really, doesn't everyone know that children should listen to their parents and teachers, follow all the rules, behave "well," etc.?
So there you have it. If you hadn't already gotten that impression, I definitely recommend this book. I've been bringing it with me on the various trips I've been on in the late summer/early fall, to show to anyone I think might be interested, and have been getting LOTS of positive responses to it! So if you want to buy it, you can find out how to do so here, OR you can download it for free here!
I hope that you, and any children in your life, appreciate this book as much as I did.
Great review, I will have to check this book out for my boys!ReplyDelete
I just looked at the book online. It's sooooo cute, sooooo touching. Thanks a lot for the hint.ReplyDelete
Hah, this book is amazing! I am a huge fan of children's literature, and even more so when it is something different, subversive, or radical. My cousin is having a baby, soon...I think I am going to get this for her, hehe.ReplyDelete
I want to say hello, by the way. I've been meaning to comment for a while, now. My partner directed me to your blog a little while ago, since I am extremely interested in education and different (increasingly radical) forms of it. I started reading, thought it was very interesting, then realized that I had seen your post on Offbeatmama!
I'm afraid I don't have anything more interesting than that to say. :)