March 7th 2013 by Cally Poplak
There are five hundred reasons why I began to write for children, but to save time I will mention only ten of them.
- Children read books, not reviews. They don’t give a hoot about critics.
- Children don’t read to find their identity.
- They don’t read to free themselves of guilt, to quench their thirst for rebellion, or to get rid of alienations.
- They have no use for psychology.
- They detest sociology.
- They don’t try to understand Kafka or Finnegan’s Wake.
- They still believe in God, the family, angels, devils, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation and other such obsolete stuff.
- They love interesting stories, not commentary, guides, or footnotes.
- When a book is boring, they yawn openly, without any shame or fear of authority.
- They don’t expect their beloved writer to redeem humanity. Young as they are, they know that is not in his power. Only adults have such childish illusions.