(Children’s) BookNotes, May 31, 2016

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A children’s book author admits to using a ghostwriter, a banned book in New Zealand makes its debut stateside, and moviegoers prepare for the film adaptation of the BFG, this week in children’s book news.

Six-time Olympic gold medalist Chris Hoy admits using a ghostwriter for his children’s book, pointing to a larger trend of celebrities cashing in on their fame by authoring books for kids. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2016/05/31/chris-hoy-admits-using-ghostwriter-for-new-childrens-book/ (See last week’s story about Simon Cowell here)

Self-published author Ted Dawe’s Into the River will be released in North America on June 14 by Polis Books. Originally published in 2012 in New Zealand, the book was banned due to racy sex scenes and obscene language. Publisher’s Weekly traces the book’s story here.

Roald Dahl’s classic The BFG will hit theaters in July. Read Richard Lawson’s review in Vanity Fair.

(Children’s) BookNotes, Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Alice in Wonderland, Soviet fairy tales, and even Simon Cowell make news this week in the world of children’s books.

The Guardian ran this story on how the Soviets rewrote children’s stories while also sparking a new wave of illustration.

A New Chapter for First Edition of Alice in Wonderland, over on The Fine Books Blog.

The Bookseller staff reports that Simon Cowell says children’s books are ‘quite boring’ as he reveals plan to write his own: http://bit.ly/1XtBpBJ