A blog about children’s literature

It will not go out of my mind that if we pass this post and lantern, either we shall find strange adventures or else some great changes of our fortunes.

–C.S. Lewis

Why Christmas is a portal fantasy

In essence, the magic of Christmas and the magic of children’s stories are about the same thing – a conceptualisation of the child as the keeper of innocence and enchantment in a modern, secular world.

Review: Snow by Gina Inverarity

In a climate change-affected dystopian setting, recognisable as the author’s home of New Zealand although not explicitly named, Snow is a young teenage girl whose stepmother wants her dead. To this end, she tasks a hunter with taking Snow into the forest near their mountain chateau, killing her and bringing back her heart as proof.…