The Latest Literary Trend? ‘Hard Readers’
Reality can be stranger than fiction.
We all know about early (sometimes called easy) readers, right? Books with simple text and story lines for emerging readers. Well, soon publishers will begin debuting what some are calling “hard readers” – more complex tales featuring children’s literature icons, for an exclusively grown-up audience.
Nate the Great will become the hard-boiled detective noir The Nate Files. Madeline will become The Old House in Paris, about Madeline’s quest to turn the “old house in Paris covered with vines” into an Instagram tourism destination.
Wonder what Matilda is like as an adult? Soon, you’ll be able to, thanks to “Hard Readers” – books for grown-ups based on famous children’s book characters. Publishers are seeking to capitalize on reader recognition, putting well-known children’s literature characters in stories for adults.
Characters such as Paddington, Ferdinand, Madeline, and more have been announced as taking part in the new books, to be written by some of the grown-up literary worlds finest.
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Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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