Here Comes the Bogeyman is an essential text focussing on critical and contemporary issues surrounding writing for children. Containing a critically creative and a creatively critical investigation of the cult and culture of the child and childhood in fiction and non-fictional writing, it also contains a wealth of ideas and critical advice to be shared with writers, students of children’s writing and students of writing. With scores of published children’s fiction books and films to his name, Andrew Melrose shares his extensive critical, teaching, writing and research experience to provide:
This ‘one-stop’ critical and creative text will be an indispensable resource for critics, writers and students interested in the cult and culture of writing for children; on Creative Writing BA and MA programmes; Children's Literature BA and MA programmes; English BA and MA programmes; Teacher Training, PGCE students and for those studying at Doctoral and Post-Doctoral level who are interested in writing for children.
Part 1 1.Here comes the bogeyman… 2. A cultural, critical and creative context 3. Bridging the gap between child reader and adult author 4. The (im)possibility of writing for children… 5. Elements of storytelling for children 6. Engaging with Icarus Part 2 7. Considering the bogeyman… 8. Story Structure 9. Early Readers 10. Social realism, narrative non-fiction and The Tiger Who Came to Tea 11. Poetry for Children