Books: A Cornucopia of Children's Books

Mythical creatures and magical transformations

Despite the claims of publishers, the popularity of children's books can not be gauged from sales figures. There only one reliable indicator of favorites: the library card. Books, after all, are merely purchased by adults; they are read by the young. This year, as in all years, the market is glutted with the inane and the precious, the coy and the overproduced—volumes designed to catch the shopper's eye, not the child's heart. Still, this year, as in all years, a few volumes have the aura of permanence: books that...

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