Judith Ridge is internationally recognized as one of Australia's leading experts on literature for children and young adults. In a career spanning more than twenty years, she has worked as a teacher, writer, critic, and editor. Judith Ridge has taught children's literature at several universities and is currently working toward a PhD in Australian children's and young adult fantasy fiction. She lives in South Windsor, Australia.
Pencil drawings by Shaun Tan as well as photographs of the authors
when they were young are visually engaging...this will likely be a
favorite for those wanting a glimpse into the secret world of
writers as well as a handy resource for book reports. Candid and
A good discussion starter among readers, this volume will intrigue many fans of children's and young-adult books.
Ridge asked thirty-two authors (mostly from Australia and New Zealand) about the books that influenced them, and the responses are engagingly varied...Cartoons by Shaun Tan punctuate the collection with answers (often characteristically bizarre) to the question "Why do you read?" from imaginary people and creatures drawn by Tan.
-The Horn Book
Impassioned and intimate, these essays create an eloquent ode to the power of story.
Many of the selections would work well as a classroom read-aloud...Inspirational and handy. Consider for narrative nonfiction high school collections.
-School Library Journal
The book's best audience is potential writers curious about other cultures.