Terrible Tale

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Star-Telegram | 09/21/2004 | The Terrible Tale Of The New Dark Side Of Childrens Literature

Kids read dark books for the emotional experience, says Donna Jo Napoli, an author who writes contemporary, fantasy and historical fiction for children.

"If we want to find out about sharks, we read nonfiction," she says. "We read fiction to have an emotional experience."

And who's looking for a bland, boring emotional experience?

"You have to have the extreme -- you want to be challenged, you want to be horrified," Napoli says.

A US article about the recent wave of children's books with a darkly humorous take on tragedy.

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