I'm Sensing Something Here. Something That Rhymes With "Pope".
Oz and Ends once again has come up with a dead-on critique of a children's literature trope that few of us have ever taken the time to notice. Does the phrase, "a sense of hope" mean anything to you? Well try reading descriptions of a kids' book or two and suddenly it's everywhere. I, personally, prefer M.T. Anderson's Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Acceptance Speech for Feed which is quoted in the piece:
"Yes, I do have hope. Not for the human race--we're doomed--but for the Insect Overlords who will follow us".Amen to that, brother.
Definitely seek out J.L. Bell's thoughts on the matter.