Janet Malcolm Explains The Appeal Of Roald Dahl

What makes classic children’s literature so appealing (to all ages) is its undeviating loyalty to the world of the child. In the best children’s books, parents never share the limelight with their children; if they are not killed off on page 1, they are cast in the pitifully minor roles that actual parents play in their children’s imaginative lives.
-Advanced Placement, Janet Malcolm, New Yorker. Now I kind of want to read Gossip Girl.