The Newbery Project: A Visit to William Blake’s Inn


They chose THAT to win the Newbery?!?!

I have a feeling this is something I am going to be saying A LOT during this whole experiment in reading all the Newbery winners.

Sooo… A Visit to William Blake’s Inn: Poems for Innocent and Experienced Travelers by Nancy Wilard just left me feeling kind of meh. The biggest passion I could work up for this book was to be bewildered that it won the Newbery. I could kind of maybe see the Caldecott, which it also won, but the Newbery? I need to look up some of the also-rans, because I don’t get it. Even looking up the reviews, I’m not seeing where anyone was gung-ho over this book.

It reminds me of a tribute band, but the bad kind where the band thinks they can do better than the original.

Do yourself a favorite, and stick with the original.


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    This was one of my kids’ favorite read-alouds for years. They simply could not get enough of this. 🙂

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      Huh. Maybe I should try it as a read aloud.

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