NYRB Classics: Not Just for Grownups

July 28, 2008 | 3 books mentioned 1

We’re not shy about our praise for NYRB Classics. Their volumes are smartly edited and well designed and quite a few favorite books of The Millions contributors – The Dud Avocado, Wheat That Springeth Green, and, of course, The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll – were first encountered in their NYRB Classics incarnations.

While I had always planned on passing NYRB Classics books down to my progeny one day, I’ve just discovered that I may get to do that sooner than I had anticipated. NYRB Classics has a line of children’s books, the NYR Children’s Collection.

coverOne of the latest to come out under the imprint is James Thurber’s The 13 Clocks with an introduction by Neil Gaiman and illustrations by Marc Simont. The new book provide fodder for Sonja Bolle’s sentimental (in a good way) essay in the LA Times.

The 13 Clocks is the first book I remember loving, and it is one of the few books I managed to wrest from my family’s library and preserve through all the mundane disasters of my life. Everything about it is dear to me: The texture of the cover, the cloth spine now in shreds, the gorgeous endpapers with the Duke’s shadowy castle on the hill overlooking the sunlit town.

Young readers – and the older readers who are trying to get young readers to read good books – will likely find many more such discoveries among the NYR Children’s Collection.

created The Millions and is its publisher. He and his family live in New Jersey.

One comment:

  1. Funny to come across this after just sending Pecos Bill & another book to one nephew for his 8th b-day and a D'Aulaire's gorgeous fold out animal book and their car book (a retelling of the tortoise and the hare) to another nephew for his first.

    They are very pretty, well-made books to boot: the kind of books to help children have a sense of a personal library. So yes, I totally agree!

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