The Wind In The Willows by Kenneth Grahame Analysis

Wind in the Willows cover David Petersen

A man in the shape of a Mole’s body feels a yearning which can only be fulfilled by entering the most transgressive parts of his own psychology, externally represented by the Wild Wood. On his journey, he meets other men, each driven by their own secret (and not so secret) passions.

Who’s-Dead McCarthy by Kevin Barry Analysis

In the short story “Who’s-Dead McCarthy”, Irish short story writer Kevin Barry takes someone’s darkly morbid fascination with death and exaggerates it in a story-length character sketch — a man who talks about death so incessantly that people cross the road to avoid him. It’s wonderful. I think humour only ever exists in something that……

Scuffy The Tugboat by Gertrude Crampton Analysis

The Little Golden Books series was launched in 1942, just as the second world war ended. Children needed to hunker down with cosy stories (along with their parents). Scuff The Tugboat was one of the earlier publications of this highly successful franchise, first printed in 1946, and the epitome of ‘cosy’. Now you can buy……

Deliverance Film Study

Deliverance is a 1972 movie based on the 1970 novel by James Dickey. Watch it in 2017 and it could have been made this year. The river setting, the timeless costuming, the themes and the film-making techniques have not dated. In fact, Deliverance continues to influence film to this day, including an homage in Carrie……

Symbolic Archetypes In Children’s Stories Analysis

These symbolic archetypes are very old. The earliest written record we have is often in fairy tales. Light and Shadows 1907 Etching by Tyra Kleen (1854-1951) Innate Wisdom vs. Educated Stupidity Some characters exhibit wisdom and understanding of situations instinctively as opposed to those supposedly in charge. Loyal retainers often exhibit this wisdom as they……

The River Between Us by Richard Peck

THE RIVER BETWEEN US STORYWORLD This cover gives no indication of the intended audience. Nor does it show that this is the story of a family. Anyone would think Noah were the star, and the faceless woman in the background the stereotypical love interest. This is one of my least favourite children’s book covers. There are historical……

Mr Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham Analysis

Mr Gumpy’s Outing is a picture book for young readers who are still learning English — a variety of verbs are introduced in a way that will help toddlers to remember them. SETTING OF MR GUMPY’S OUTING This is a very enticing setting — a lot of picture book characters live on farms or in……