I had to read this book for my English Literature degree - it's certainly not light reading or something you'd pick up for enjoyment, unless you're a glutton for punishment. There are some interesting articles contained within, but there are also some of the most turgid essays ever committed to paper, and some of the unsubstantiated theories are frankly bizarre - included in this volume is the essay in which a critic attempts to draw comparisons between Peter Rabbit and Lucifer in Milton's Paradise Lost! I'm not sure why anyone would actually be buying this book, as it's one of the textbooks for the OU's Children's Lit module and supplied with the course materials. For the curious, or non-students of literature there are more interesting and easier reads about children's books.
This is one of the books I had to read for my course and finally after reading it for months I have finished it. That sounds bad but I've been reading it since September but not cover to cover, only the bits that I needed to read for each part of the course, so now I've finally read it all. It has absolutely no reviews on amazon lol Not surprising as I don't think anyone is particularly impressed with the course materials this time around. I thought it was OK and useful enough for the course, along with the other course books. Some of the critic's opinions I don't agree with and some books were covered less than others and could have done with a few more essays. I give it 3.5 stars