For animation legend, Hayao Miyazaki, above, they offered an escape from the books on the psychology of young children realities of post-World War II Japan. And while it may be a commonly-held publishing belief that boys won’t read stories about girls, the young Miyazaki seemed to have no such bias, ranking Heidi and Laura Ingalls Wilder right alongside Tom Sawyer and Treasure Island’s pirates.
Several of the titles that made the cut were ones he could only have encountered as a grown up, including 1967’s From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. We invite you to take a nostalgic stroll through Miyazaki’s best-loved children’s books. Readers, how many have you read? When Marnie Was There — Joan G. A Wizard of Earthsea — Ursula K. From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Ayun Halliday is an author, illustrator, theater maker and Chief Primatologist of the East Village Inky zine.
She’ll be appearing onstage in New York City this June as one of the clowns in Paul David Young’s Faust 3. We’re hoping to rely on our loyal readers rather than erratic ads. To support Open Culture’s continued operation, please consider making a donation. You can skip to the end and leave a response. I was thrilled to find a copy at our main library’s deaccessioned bookstore. I think I need to get a few of these and read them as an adult.
Any recommendation from the amazing Mr. The Adventures of the Little Onion! Btw, how come all issues on Amazon are in Chinese? Moomin are, after all, hugely popular in Japan, and clearly inspired Studio Ghibli.