Back on December 9th I wrote a piece on those reprinted picture books I was happiest to encounter in 2016. Now I’ll say a word or two about the reprinted novels of this year. Naturally, if you look at the output from the publisher New York Review Books you’ll find a lovely array of titles. For more than are listed here, that’s for sure and for certain. The books I’m including today are ones I’ve read, so it’s fairly short. Still, don’t miss the books listed here today. The book market is not kind to reprints that could be called “forgotten”.
2016 Reprinted Children’s Novels
The Borrowers Collection by Mary Norton
My knowledge of previous collections of all the Borrowers stories is not good enough to determine whether or not any previous versions also included the short story “Poor Stainless” or not. Whatever the case, this new bound volume of full stories is delightful. Chock full of illustrations, it’s the ultimate Borrowers collection.
The Golden Key by George MacDonald, ill. Ruth Sanderson
The title probably hasn’t been out-of-print before, but I do know that back in the day it was Maurice Sendak who illustrated it. Sanderson’s a different take than Sendak, that’s for sure, but it’s a lovely new edition.
The Rescuers by Margery Sharp, ill. Garth Williams
If Disney had any sense in its monolithic head it would have years ago grabbed the literary rights to every publication ever brought to the silver screen. Imagine, if you will, a children’s book collection that consists of books that are better known now for their Disney adaptations. 101 Dalmations by Dodie Smith, Old Yeller by Fred Gipson, Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss, and, naturally, The Rescuers. As with most Disneyfied products, when I read this book as a kid I was struck both by how sharp the writing was (not cutesy in the least) and also by how good illustrator Garth Williams was at making horrific looking humans. Turns out the master of whimsy had a penchant for the grotesque as well.
Never knew he had it in him.
For other celebrations of reprinted books, please check out the ShelfTalker piece Hello, Old Friends. I wish I’d seen the Lobel book mentioned there. Ah well. Can’t get them all.
Interested in the other lists of the month? Here’s the schedule so that you can keep checking back:
December 1 – Board Books
December 2 – Board Book Adaptations
December 3 – Nursery Rhymes
December 4 – Picture Book Readalouds
December 5 – Rhyming Picture Books
December 6 – Alphabet Books
December 7 – Funny Picture Books
December 8 – Calde-Nots
December 9 – Picture Book Reprints
December 10 – Math Picture Books
December 11 – Bilingual Books
December 12 – International Imports
December 13 – Books with a Message
December 14 – Fabulous Photography
December 15 – Fairy Tales / Folktales
December 16 – Oddest Books of the Year
December 17 – Older Picture Books
December 18 – Easy Books
December 19 – Early Chapter Books
December 20 – Graphic Novels
December 21 – Poetry
December 22 – Fictionalized Nonfiction
December 23 – American History
December 24 – Science & Nature Books
December 25 – Transcendent Holiday Titles
December 26 – Unique Biographies
December 27 – Nonfiction Picture Books
December 28 – Nonfiction Chapter Books
December 29 – Novel Reprints
December 30 – Novels
December 31 – Picture Books