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re: Wonder Woman Books_talking with Joe Campbell

June 4, 2012

Tags: DC Comics Wonder Woman, Childrens' Literature Association, Joe Campbell

Recently I heard from Joe Campbell, professor of English literature
at Casper College in Wyoming, who will be presenting a session at the
Childrens' Literature Association Annual Conference: Literary slipstreams
[June 14-16, Boston, MA] with a focus on the DC Wonder Woman books
for young readers [published by Harper Festival, 2004] which I worked on
with illustrator Ben Caldwell. In line with the conference theme, Joe is
interested in the way literature is transformed in different media, and
what we can learn from children through their responses and unique
interpretations of themes and genres. To learn more about the
conference, here’s the link: http://www.childlitassn.org [and try to go –
sounds like a great time! :-)] FYI: The Wonder Woman books are available at Amazon; Barnes & Noble, et al. If you purchase one or all, I’ll be happy to sign and return to sender. The titles are: I am Wonder Woman: The contest; The arrival; The rain forest [picture books]; and Amazon Princess; The journey begins [chapter books]. NJ.

Selected Works

picture book
"Mendel the peddler and his hard-working wife are so poor they can't buy a single potato for Hanukkah but, miraculously, their daughters fall asleep contented each night after smelling the delicious aroma of latkes...A winning tale, unusually well told and presented". (for purchase)
Folktale picture book
"Glowing colors, stylized figures... are the hallmarks of the eye-catching art, while the spare, clipped prose makes this a folktale beginning readers can tackle". - SLJ (for purchase)
"Children will enjoy the triumph of the outcast as well as the loving connections between the generations and between the stories." -Booklist (for purchase)
Folklore collection
Recounting ten myths about drums and drummers from around the globe, Jaffe shows readers both the universal power of drums and the richness of folk traditions. Patakín brings rhythm to life -- on the page! (for purchase)
Folktale anthology
" This fine collection of folktales underscoring differing cultural values and way of considering justice...seem particulary timely for families with school-age children". -New York Times Book Review (for purchase)