I was… writing ‘for children’ only in the sense that I excluded what I thought they would not like or understand; not in the sense of writing what I intended to be below adult attention. I may of course have been deceived, but the principle at least saves one from being patronizing. I never wrote down to anyone; and whether the opinion condemns or acquits my own work, it certainly is my opinion that a book worth reading only in childhood is not worth reading even then. …
‘Juveniles’, indeed! Am I to patronize sleep because children sleep sound? Or honey because children like it?
C.S. Lewis, “Sometimes Fairy Stories May Say Best What’s To Be Said”
You tell ‘em, Jack.
—-A quote from an Amazon one-star review for The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (1950). The Morning News gathered a lot more one-star reviews on literary classics that are hilarious. (via yahighway)
Reviewer has a point. I and many others have bought Turkish Delight due to THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE.