When his son nixed 'Goodnight Moon,'reviewer Leonard Marcus had his 'aha' moment - TwinCities.com

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Children's Classics Not For Everyone...

Leonard Marcus is this country's premier children's literature historian, author of 20 books, a sought-after museum consultant, curator and frequent commentator/guest on national television shows.

He's also a man of humor and affability, which was obvious during a phone interview from his home in Brooklyn when he talked about how his professional and personal lives sort of collided after the birth 17 years ago of his son, Jacob.

"I had spent 10 years writing a biography of Margaret Wise Brown," he recalled. "My son was born the week the book was published, and I thought, 'Now I have someone to read "Goodnight Moon" to.' When Jacob was 6 or 9 months old, I gave it a try, and it was obvious he was bored by this book. Of all the children to have, I had one that didn't like 'Goodnight Moon.' It was a wonderful thing for someone like me, who reviews books, to realize that not every classic is for every child."

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