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No Kids Allowed

Children's Literature for Adults

What do Adam Mansbach's Go the F**k to Sleep and Barbara Park's MA! There's Nothing to Do Here! have in common? These large-format picture books are decidedly intended for parents rather than children. In No Kids Allowed, Michelle Ann Abate examines a constellation of books that form a paradoxical new genre: children's literature for adults. Distinguishing these books from YA and middle-grade fiction that appeals to adult readers, Abate argues that there is something unique about this phenomenon. Principally defined by its form and audience, children's literature, Abate demonstrates, engages with more than mere nostalgia when recast for grown-up readers. Abate examines how board books, coloring books, bedtime stories, and series detective fiction written and published specifically for adults question the boundaries of genre and challenge the assumption that adulthood and childhood are mutually exclusive.

About the Author

Michelle Ann Abate is a professor of literature for children and young adults at The Ohio State University. She is the author of five books, including Tomboys: A Literary and Cultural History, Bloody Murder: The Homicide Tradition in Children's Literature, and Funny Girls: Guffaws, Guts, and Gender in Classic American Comics.

Endorsements

"In lucid prose punctuated with wit, Abate explores how these books reflect significant changes in our cultural conceptions of childhood and adulthood."

- Annette Wannamaker, editor of Mediated Boyhoods: Boys, Teens, and Young Men in Popular Media and Culture

"Insightful and well-written, No Kids Allowed is a highly enjoyable read. Abate rightly differentiates 'children's literature for adults' from texts for young readers that, like the Harry Potter books, also appeal to adults."

- Sandra Beckett, author of Revisioning Red Riding Hood around the World: An Anthology of International Retellings

"No Kids Allowed is a provocative opening move in an academic discussion that is surprisingly unexplored."

- Deborah Stevenson, editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"No Kids Allowed will make a substantive contribution to the field of children's literature. It promises to be of interest to a broader audience of people invested in and curious about children's books or, specifically, children's books that are created for adult audiences."

- Thomas Crisp, Georgia State University
Johns Hopkins University Press
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