"Liar! Liar! Pants on Fire!" The Liar as Educator in Children's Literature

David LaBounty


Lying, being taught not to lie, and learning when, where, and how to lie are all essential elements in growing up, at every stage of childhood and adolescence. Lying in all its guises pervades children's literature but until now has largely avoided the attention of critics as a subject in itself. David LaBounty begins what should become a fascinating research thread in children's literature by looking at one aspect of lying in several classic works.

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The Looking Glass: new perspectives on children's literature

ISBN 1551-5680