I have a theory about children’s books. It’s not original: children’s books are mainly read by adults. By adults, for adults. Remember when Harry Potter was just starting out on literary life and the publisher had to use two covers: one for kids and a different one for grown-ups … just so the latter wouldn’t get embarrassed on a train?
I think part of the reason for this might be that loads of adults are learning that imagination is not just for the little ones, and words open up new worlds of wonder.
I remember being accused of using simple language in one of my books. Accused, I think, because the reviewer thought I should posh up…
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