Don't Trust Anyone Over Twelve
Step into the mystical world of children's literature where subversion is the rule ... no matter what the grown-ups want you to think. Take a look at a tradition of independent thought and pretty pictures as our author reviews Alison Lurie's Don't Tell The Grown-Ups.
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by Hilary Jirka
Lest we forget, we are all ex-children. Of course, if one had been a tiresome, prosaic baggage of a child, like Eustace from C.S. Lewiss The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, one might long for amnesia. In that book, Eustace is redeemed by unwittingly transforming himself into a greedy dragon and by being restored by Aslan the Lion, lord and creator of Narnia. In part, Eustaces predicament is due to his having "read none of the right books." If you read only terribly useful books about grain elevators and "fat, foreign children doing exercises in model schools," you will, if you stumble upon a cave of treasure, be reminded only of government taxation, rather than "dragons lair" ... and go to sleep.