Tag: 1980s

  • The Tunnel by Anthony Browne Picture Book Analysis

    The Tunnel by Anthony Browne Picture Book Analysis

    The Tunnel is a picture book written and illustrated by British author/illustrator Anthony Browne. The Tunnel was first published in 1989. SETTING OF THE TUNNEL In the 1980s it was far more common for kids to be sent out of the house because their mothers were sick of them (and it was almost always the […]

  • The Home Girls by Olga Masters Short Story Analysis

    The Home Girls by Olga Masters Short Story Analysis

    “The Home Girls” is a short story by Australian writer Olga Masters (1919 – 1986), and the first story of Masters’ 1982 collection, also called The Home Girls. I’m interested in Olga Masters partly because her fiction wasn’t published until she was in her 50s. Then, when she was published, she won a bunch of…

  • Purple Blooms by Carol Shields Short Story Analysis

    Purple Blooms by Carol Shields Short Story Analysis

    “Purple Blooms” is a short story by American-born Canadian writer Carol Shields (1935 – 2003), included in the collection Various Miracles (1985).

  • The Halfmen of O by Maurice Gee

    The Halfmen of O by Maurice Gee

    The World of O is a trilogy of fantasy novels by New Zealand author Maurice Gee published 1982-1985. The Halfmen of O (1982) is the first of the series. We might call this series The New Zealand Chronicles of Narnia with a bit of sci-fi thrown in. There are also tropes recognisable from The Wonderful…

  • The Tricksters by Margaret Mahy Young Adult Novel Study

    The Tricksters by Margaret Mahy Young Adult Novel Study

    The Tricksters is a young adult novel by New Zealand author Margaret Mahy, first published in 1986. Mahy wrote many stories for children, but The Tricksters seems to be one frequently talked about in scholarship circles, alongside The Changeover and The Haunting, which both won The Carnegie Medal. The Tricksters is a rare example of the new female mythic form, in which a main character (often femme, sometimes not) thinks and feels their way through a problem rather than leaving home to go on a journey and fight a bunch of opponents.

  • The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick Short Story Analysis

    The Shawl by Cynthia Ozick Short Story Analysis

    The Shawl (1980) is a short story by American writer Cynthia Ozick, born 1928. In 2014, Joyce Carol Oates joined Deborah Treisman at The New Yorker to read and discuss Ozick’s story. This horrific short story reminds me most of a narrative from another side of the same war: Grave of the Fireflies. Both are…

  • You’re Ugly, Too by Lorrie Moore Short Story Analysis

    “You’re Ugly, Too” is a short story by American writer Lorrie Moore, first published in a 1989 edition of The New Yorker — Moore’s first for the New Yorker. Find it also in her short story collection Like Life (1990). New Yorker editors pointed out to Moore several “vulgarities” of the writing process she had committed in…

  • The Story Of The Kind Wolf by Wilkon and Nickl Analysis

    The Story Of The Kind Wolf by Wilkon and Nickl Analysis

    “The Story Of The Kind Wolf” is a 1982 picture book by Jozef Wilkon, illustrated by Peter Nickl and translated into English by Marion Koenig. The story is now out of print and hard to find. This is a Tawny Scrawny Lion plot, and very much of its time. This was the era of the…

  • Avocado Baby by John Burningham (1982) Analysis

    Avocado Baby by John Burningham (1982) Analysis

    Avocado Baby (1982) is a picture book written and illustrated by John Burningham. This was my first introduction to John Burningham. Our teacher read it in class. I was about six.

  • Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Byron Barton Analysis

    Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and Byron Barton Analysis

    Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport (1980) is an American picture book written by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat and illustrated by Byron Barton.

  • Tight Times by Shook Hazen and Schart Hyman Analysis

    Tight Times by Shook Hazen and Schart Hyman Analysis

    Tight Times (1979) is an American picture book written by Barbara Shook Hazen and illustrated in graphite pencil by Trina Schart Hyman. Tight Times also happens to be the first ever picture book read by LeVar Burton on America’s Reading Rainbow series back in 1983. I can see why they chose it. This short picture…

  • Ty’s One-Man Band by Pitts Walter and Tomes Analysis

    Ty’s One-Man Band by Pitts Walter and Tomes Analysis

    Ty’s One-Man Band (1980) is a picture book written by Mildred Pitts Walter and illustrated by Margot Tomes. This is a good mentor text if you’re writing a picture book with plenty of rhythmic onomatopoeia. If reading to modern kids, they might find this slow, quiet picture book a bit more exciting if encouraged to…