Friday, March 30, 2012

Young Walter Scott, by Elizabeth Janet Gray

This is a children's biography of Walter Scott. It's written well enough to be understood by kids, despite the occasional Scottish dialect tossed in. But the question is, why? What kid, while browsing the biographies, will see this and think "Oh, Walter Scott! He rocks! I can't wait to read more about *him*!" I have no idea what child would ever want to read this, or care about the protagonist. Heck, I wasn't especially interested, either. The author certainly makes you sensitive to things that are happening to Walter, but meh. He's hard to relate to.

Kate Seredy did illustrate the cover and the end papers. We've seen quite a bit from her in the first few decades of the Newberries.

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