Posted on July 13, 2023 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

Both of these summer 2023 releases are children's stories that date back many years.

In the case of The Truth about Max by Alice and Martin Provensen, that gap is a couple of decades.

As Leonard S. Marcus recounts in his New York Times review of the work, a draft of the work was found in the papers of Alice's agent.

The Provensen were well-known and beloved for their picture books, some of which included the star of this work, a confident tabby cat whose rough edges shine through albeit in an age-appropriate way.

The Truth about Max comes out August 22.

The Skull by Jon Klassen is already out, but it too has its roots in the past.

Klassen, another acclaimed children's author, explained to NPR that he took his inspiration from a folktale — but didn't follow it faithfully.

He and NPR reporter Julie Depenbrock chat about how to strike the right balance between spooky and safe in children's lit, which you can read or listen to on NPR's website.

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