From Library Journal
Books of more than 5000 words which have won major awards or are found on a prominent list (e.g., ChLA's Touch stones or Horn Book's ``Fanfare'') form the basis of this dictionary. En tries for authors (brief biographical and publishing data, and usually a terse cri tique) and for major characters and set tings supplement title entries on 418 novels and some short stories. Main en tries give bibliographic, genre, period, setting, plot, and character data, con cluding with a succinct critical judg ment. The index (not seen by reviewer) will list books by setting, period, first- person narration, subjects, themes, il lustrators, genres, and authorial pseud onyms. A second volume, of equal size, will cover 1960 to the present. Nothing really first-rate escapes, but a lot of dross is captured too. While the volume cannot easily be used as a guide to great reading, it will be a valuable literary and sociological reference tool. Patri cia Dooley, formerly with English Dept., Drexel Univ., Philadelphia
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?This unique reference source has 1,266 entries in three pertinent areas--author, title, and character. It covers 420 books of fiction for children. All books have won or been finalists for major awards in children's literature.... Title entries are the lengthiest with their inclusion of setting, plot summary, brief critical commentary, any awards, and bibliographical information. Author entries provide basic biographical facts, background, contributions to children's literature, works and awards they have won, and more. Character entries cover important physical and personality traits, contributions to plot, relation to protagonist, where appropriate, and for some, quality of characterization. General index. Elementary teachers and children's librarians should find this most useful.?-Reference Book Review