Wednesday, June 13, 2007

The New Laureate

Sometime Horn Book contributor Madelyn Travis interviews Britain's new children's laureate Michael Rosen, he of the funny verse and the very sad book. We love Madelyn here because it was her since-third-grade friendship with our Jennifer Brabander that brought Bridget Jones's Diary to the Horn Book long before the rest of you had heard of it.

And if the CBC, LC and Mrs. Cheney et al are listening, I'd love that new "national ambassador for children's literature" gig. Sure, I'm not a famous writer, but I'd know what I was talking about, and I'm a good talker. Plus you wouldn't have that little Jack Prelutsky problem, whose assumption of the Poetry Foundation's "Children's Poet Laureate" position seems to have more effect on his jacket designs than on anything else. Besides, who died and left them God? Oh, that's right.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

First the monkey jokes. Now a throwdown with Prelutsky. This blog is starting to work it!

david elzey said...

Thank you, Roger, for noticing the naked emperor in the poetry room.

Roger Sutton said...

David, I have to give you credit for pointing out the nekkidness. I read your post at http://excelsiorfile.blogspot.com/search/label/pinsky and filed it away in my brain.

I don't blame Prelutsky so much for taking the cash, nor his publisher for piggybacking; what bugs me is really the National Poetry Foundation's arrogance in naming a "laureate" as if there has been some kind of recognition beyond their own offices. David, I name you Blogger Laureate. See, it's easy!

Mother always warned me about groups who stick "national" in their name.

Rinda M. Byers said...

Roger, I dub Thee the official Blogging Ambassador of Children's Literature with plenipotentiary powers from this day forth to blog, speak, and act as Thou dost please wherever Thou canst about any and all aspects of books for children and YA.

P.S. I don't officially belong to anything national--only the local quilting guild...