The Shocking Truth About the Slushpile
Don't look at me. That's just the name of this article I found via Bookninja. Here's a taste:
Often, the most awful stuff was written by aspiring children's authors. It appears to be a widely-held notion that anthropomorphising pavements, natural disasters or household appliances is the way to secure a place in the children's canon. But while your grandchildren may appear to really enjoy Tommy the Tenacious Toaster, the chances of it charming anyone else are slim.It may be preaching to the choir, but it's just so good to hear. Read the rest.