If you’re like me, you spend more time reading kidlit and YAlit than adult novels. That’s why I was tickled pink to find a kidlit easter egg1 in this year’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Less by Andrew Sean Greer. The main character, Arthur Less, is traveling in Paris and makes a phone call to an old friend. He is unexpectedly invited to a posh party several hours before his flight is due to depart,
“He gives Less a nonsensical address on the rue du Bac, with two kinds of door code, then bids him a hasty au revoir. Less is left breathless below an old house all covered in vines. A group of school girls passes in two straight lines.”
I notice that adult books are often mentioned in children’s literature, but finding this little gem in an adult novel – the Pulitzer Prize winner, no less (!) was a delight. Do you recognize the book? If you have any other examples of such artfully placed kidlit, do share.
1 If you’re not familiar with “easter eggs” in modern parlance, you can find them defined in the Urban Dictionary [ link: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=easter%20egg] .
Today’s guest post was written by librarian Lisa Taylor. Lisa is a graduate of TWU SLIS with a love for children’s lit. She’s an academic librarian and a collection development consultant in Florida. She reviews for AudioFile Magazine and School Library Journal. She can be found on her blog, Shelf-employed, or @shelfemployed on Facebook.
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