Episode Two: ‘Quality and Trash’

In this episode we discuss the controversial labels of ‘trash’ and ‘quality’…

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In this episode you will hear us discuss…

  • The point of view of a teacher on how to deal with any children’s literature in a utilitarian way.
  • The idea that ‘trashy’ and ‘quality’ children’s books actually support each other.
  • The possibility for children to be ‘independent’ readers of fiction, and to form their own judgement about literature.
  • The gender aspect of literary taste – what if the word ‘trash’ had been invented to label all things feminine?
  • The formulaic and the unexpected in children’s literature.
  • A dietetic approach to the consumption of literature. 

Lauren then treats us to a review of the beautiful middle grade novel Mimi, by John Newman.

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We hope you enjoy today’s episode. See you soon for a very special new one…

Episode One: Surely That’s Not A Children’s Book!

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This week’s theme: In the first ever episode of Kid You Not Podcast, we discuss one of the many problems with adults – namely, their ambivalence towards children’s and teenage literature! Listen to the episode to learn more about crossover literature, publishing strategies behind adult covers for children’s books, and what it says about you if you don’t feel too comfortable reading children’s literature…

This week’s book review:

Numbers, by Rachel Ward (Chickenhouse)

Tell us what you think of Numbers in the comments!

The next book review will be Mimi, by John Newman.
Get hold of the book and let us now what you think before the next episode comes out!

Other books mentioned:

Junk,  by Melvin Burgess; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon; Pigeon English, by Stephen Kelman; The Giver, by Lois Lowry ; The Daydreamer, by Ian McEwan; the Twilight series, by Stephenie Meyer; the Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling; How I Live Now, by Meg Rosoff; Holes, by Louis Sachar; The Catcher in the Rye, by J.D. Salinger. All books mentioned in the podcast or on the blog are listed here.

Thank you so much for downlaoding this episode! It’s our very first one ever and we hope you’ll enjoy it and forgive us for the glitches here and there. It’s all a learning curve!

Please share it with your friends and contribute to the blog and to the podcast by asking us questions and posting comments. You can also email us at kidyounotpodcast@gmail.com .

The next episode, on Quality and Trash, will be released on July 17th. Until then, subscribe to the blog for extra posts and book reviews!

Clem & Lauren