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Beyond Window Dressing Canadian Children's Fantasy at the Millennium K.V. Johansen
Recipient of the 2004
Frances E. Russell Award

In the late twentieth century, Canadian children's fantasy had a poor reputation internationally. Was this reputation deserved, and if so, has the quality of children's fantasy and the climate for its publication improved since that time? After a survey of twentieth-century Canadian children's fantasy, Beyond Window-Dressing examines these questions through an extensive cross-section of Canadian children's fantasy published between 2000 and 2004. From Palmer Cox and Catherine Anthony Clark to Judd Palmer and Alison Baird, and writers of international reputation such as Dave Duncan, O.R. Melling, Kenneth Oppel and Charles de Lint, Beyond Window-Dressing weighs Canadian fantasy against the best of the UK and US. It provides not only a window onto Canadian developments in the genre during the opening years of the twenty-first century, but insists that fantasy must be judged by standards as rigorous as those applied to any other genre of literature.

Reviews for
Beyond Window Dressing: Canadian Children's Fantasy at the Millennium

"Beyond Window-Dressing should be of particular interest to public and school librarians, and academic librarians in institutions offering courses in children's literature. It should serve as an inspirational tool for seeking out, selecting, and retaining exemplary fantasy literature in our library collections." -MaryLynn Gagne, Canadian Library Association's journal Feliciter

About the Author 
K.V. Johansen is the author of numerous books for children and young adults. For more see the author's website at

Beyond Window Dressing
Canadian Children's Fantasy
at the Millennium

by K.V. Johansen
Published December 2007
US$20.00 • CA$24.00 • UK£10.95

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