Robert Newton Peck Jill P. May - Essay

Jill P. May

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Robert Newton Peck's early books brought an understanding of the realities of rural life to many youngsters. His characterization was sharp and his themes of pride and strength well presented; he also maintained a sense of American traditions. His greatest appeal as an author has been with the young adult audience….

[If Robert Peck] hopes to establish himself firmly in the field of children's literature, he needs to develop carefully worthwhile fiction that will have a lasting appeal. King of Kazoo and Trig seem quickly produced attempts to write for younger children, and they depend on slapstick humor to hold the reader's attention. Neither has a well developed plot or theme, and in...

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