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"Audacious Kids is a trailblazing historical account of American children’s literature. Jerry Griswold’s analyses of individual works are astute, and his writing is witty and accessible."

"Griswold manages that difficult thing in writing about children’s literature: He manages to provide the reader with an interesting new intellectual angle on these books, without condescending to his material or diminishing its elusive and potent magic."

"Audacious Kids has foregrounded innovative ways of analysing childhood in American classics and has paved the way for scholars interested in the field... One of the real delights afforded by Audacious Kids is that it is scholarly, convincing and highly accessible to a range of academic and nonacademic readers. Griswold is able to captivate his readers with simple yet insightful text. The content is concise, ambitious, informative, provocative, and of course still audacious."

"I am so grateful for all Jerry Griswold has given the field in his columns and books. Our great books and writers for children deserve the thoughtful and lucid analysis that he has always provided."

"Audacious Kids places children's literature in conversation with the critical treatises about the constitution of the American mind, and, by extension, the American story."