Written in 1940, “Pat” is one of those books, like “Goodnight, Moon,” that can make parents of young children cringe. It elicits “Again! Again!” from countless 2-year-olds. That is not because of well-developed characters or clever plots. At just 135 words, “Pat” is spare. One of the most complex character interactions goes like this: “Judy can play peek-a-boo with Paul.”
So why is a 20-page book an enduring children’s classic?
"The Meaning of Maggie by Megan Jean Sovern falls into the category of books-that-are-turning-my-youth-into-historical-fiction. This appears to be a big trend for 2014 (I’m looking at YOU, Riverman). In this case, the book is set in 1988 and follows one young woman as she navigates her life and the secrets that her family members keep from her."