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Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Adult or child?

It's convenient to be a parent and to have an excuse to once again read those delightful books of childhood--and to discover the new offerings by authors who weren't yet publishing when I was a child. In fact, I'd have to say that some of the most exciting things going on in the publishing industry are happening with children's and young adult literature.

Then there are those books which cross the age-barrier and which it would be hard to determine who they were written for. One of our BookHelpWeb contributers recently gave us a review on just such a book. Istvan Banyai is an illustrator whose book has been hailed as one of the best children's books of the year by The New York Times and Publisher's Weekly.

His "children's" book, though, is also being used by businesses as a management tool. Zoom is a book about perspectives--something that is as important in the corporate boardroom as it is to the picture-book set.

I find it all together delightful when a book can speak with layers of meaning to people of many different ages.

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