Review: The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate Review by Lori Laster Katherine Applegate’s Newbery Medal winning animal fantasy novel, The One and Only Ivan is told through the perspective of its titular hero, Ivan, a 300-pound Silverback gorilla. Ivan is one of the main attractions at Exit 8 Big Top mall and video arcade,…

Deep Plunge: Disrupting Stereotypical Notions in Children’s Literature

Disrupting Stereotypical Notions in Children’s Literature by Aaron Stein In children’s literature, characters of color are rarely “given a pass card to traverse the lands of adventure, curiosity, imagination or personal growth,” and they are often stuck in the “legacies of civil rights and slavery” (Myers, C. 2014). When characters of color do break these…

Deep Plunge Between the Lines: Fear

The experience of fear is familiar to everyone, but for young people fear has a number of special dimensions that are absent from adult perception. “Don’t be afraid” is a mantra children hear in various circumstances, yet fears are an integral part of every childhood. Ransom Riggs’ Miss Pergrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Jacob Portman,…