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What's So Funny? Wit and Humor in American Children's Literature

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ISBN-10: 0060244534

ISBN-13: 9780060244538

Edition: N/A

Authors: Michael Cart, Jules Feiffer

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In this study of American humorous books published for children since 1920, Michael Cart addresses universal considerations of what makes us laugh by focusing on three particular types of books: talking-animal fantasies, hyperbole and tall-tale humor, and domestic or family comedy, the literary equivalent of television sitcoms. In addressing the intriguing question "What's so funny?" Michael Cart makes a convincing argument for according humorous books the same critical stature as serious literature. In the process he not only celebrates some neglected talents (Walter R. Brooks and Sid Fleischman) but also takes a fresh and occasionally revisionist look at some established classics (the…    
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Book details

List price: $25.00
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 5/5/1995
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Jules Feiffer was born on January 26, 1929. While working as a cartoonist, his work appeared in The New Yorker, Esquire, Playboy, The Nation, and The New York Times. He won a Pulitzer Prize for his editorial cartooning in The Village Voice in 1986. His other awards include a George Polk Award for his cartoons; an Obie Award for the play Little Murders; an Oscar for the anti-military short subject animation, Munro; and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Writers Guild of America and the National Cartoonist Society. He is currently focusing on writing and illustrating books for children and young adults including The Man in the Ceiling, A Room with a Zoo and Bark, George! He has been a…    

Confabulation and Context
Animals and Others
More About Animals and Others
The Others
Talling the Tale
Sid Fleischman
Humor at Home
Afterword - Confabulation and Closure
Selected Bibliography