In her article in The Guardian, Alison Food decidedly asserts that her five-year-old does not need to be introduced to Jack Kerourac’s On the Road at such an early age. This statement is in response to a new initiative put forth by Moppet Books called KinderGuides. The project is an introduction to classic literary titles reimagined as children’s storybooks complete with illustrations and age-appropriate content. The books even provide educational sections with quizzes and vocabulary definitions. Titles being published by KinderGuides include The Old Man and the Sea, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and To Kill a Mockingbird (coming soon).
Food’s argument entitled “Children really don’t need a picture-book version of On the Road” is not necessarily directed negatively toward the idea itself.
“I also love the designs, and of course classics have been abridged and rewritten for children for many years…”
Food claims that introducing pre-readers to these abridged versions of such esteemed works potentially ruins the experience of reading it in the original version at the appropriate age. She questions the necessity of this venture in the framework of children’s education. Reading these literary masterpieces in their intended form is significant to the discovery of literature as an art form.
“Watered down, in picture-book format, they’re going to have a different sort of impact.”
KinderGuides answer as to why they chose to publish adult classic for kids?
“Because classics are ageless. And so are their readers.”
Posted by Emily Williams