Wednesday, March 13, 2013
And now for all my friends who write Middle Grade Fiction -- this lively and thought provoking article at The Horn Book titled:
No Joke! Humor and Culture in Middle-Grade Books which was posted on May 1, 2012 by
Krishnaswami makes the following observation -- "In 2004, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith spoke at the Reading the World conference about the dearth of funny books with cultural resonance. Why, they asked, are multicultural books so very serious?"
The essay in answer to this question provides writers with plenty of food for thought and offers some valuable insights into addressing cultural differences. In a time when many agents and publishing houses are eagerly seeking multicultural fictional characters, this is information well worth considering.