From the NY Times, May 16, 2002
Novelists Court the Braces Set
By MARTIN ARNOLD
Two of the most widely anticipated children's books that will be out there this fall have been written not by traditional children's novel writers (or even by writers who unwittingly produce juvenile work), but by authors known for their popular and acclaimed adult books.
These awaited "chapter books" — that's what children's novels are called to distinguish them from other children's books — are by Carl Hiaasen and Michael Chabon. Mr. Hiaasen normally writes best-selling witty novels of the political flimflam of environmental rape in Florida and other mayhems, and Mr. Chabon's last adult fiction was a comic novel about the struggle for personal liberation. Both men are very serious about their children's novels, and in fact join a long tradition of writers who have knowingly wandered from the adult to the juvenile.
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