I was reading a children’s/middle grade book the other day and noticed several clichés, predictable henchmen, but then vocabulary that was beyond me. I know children’s books are held to a different standard than those written for adults, but is it this kind of different? Are there so few good kid’s books out there that something like this gets published?
There are also moments when it sounds like the author is mourning the loss of homey, small town life. Is that really a concept that 10-12 year olds are going to comprehend?
Any thoughts? Can a “children’s” writer get away with certain things because they write for kids? Or are there a lot of substandard kid’s books out there because of this?