Books: A Mixture of Humor and Wonder

Eleven volumes to instruct, entertain and amuse o book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally (and often far more) worth reading at the age of 50 and beyond." So wrote Oxford Don C.S. Lewis, author of the immortal Chronicles of Narnia. The statement is true enough, but the ability to write a children's book that will last decades is granted to few. Of the hundreds of juvenile volumes published this year, only a handful will endure to New Year's Day. Among those that have a chance of surviving:

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