My uncle called this New Yorker article to my attention recently. For those of you who have been reading picture books out loud for the last decade or so, I think you will find it very enlightening. In his article titled, The Defiant Ones, Daniel Zalewksi, a features editor at the magazine, takes a look at the depictions of discipline and the portrayal of parents in contemporary picture books. As a parent who struggles to be disciplined and provide discipline for my children, I found it intriguing. I am very curious to hear what the rest of you think about his perspetive and hope you will read and comment.
Pictured above is the one book that he singled out for praise. Finn Throws a Fit, written by David Elliott and illustrated by Timothy Basil Ering, published by Candlewick. For those of you who are interested, a podcast of a conversation between Zalewski and Rebbeca Mead, who wrote a very interesting article titled, The Gossip Mill, about the production company that churns out the Gossip Girl and other series of books for teens, click here.